Season Schedule

Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra & Choir

Tuesday, Nov. 7th 2017 at 7:00 pm

Mitchell Auditorium, Lincoln University Campus

Tickets available online or at the door. $15 (adults), $5 (students)

Special Guests: Dancers’ Alley (Katy Howland, director) & Capital City Children’s Choir (Ann Harris, Kristin Chisham, Karel Lowery, and Scott Sellner, directors)

This spectacular work covers a wide range of topics as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st century: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring, and the pleasures and perils of worldly living!

A Bit About Gary


Gary Sanders is a native of Jefferson City and a graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Music with a BM in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda. A completely self-taught pianist prior to receiving a full scholarship at the UMC School of Music, Mr. Sanders has found the piano and its repertoire to be his life-long passion.


Most recently he was invited by the Chairman of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts to play on one of Liberace’s pianos in Las Vegas. In October 2016, he made his Las Vegas “debut” by performing on Liberace’s famed rhinestone-encrusted Baldwin concert grand piano at the Liberace Mansion, the Liberace Garage, and at the Las Vegas “Thriller Villa” Compound that was once home to Michael Jackson. He has been invited back to Las Vegas to play again in 2017.


Mr. Sanders was the featured piano soloist in the February 2016 Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, which showcased music from the movies for piano and orchestra. One of the works performed, State Fright Rhapsody, was its premiere performance before a live audience.

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, Feb. 13 2018 at 7:00 pm

Mitchell Auditorium, Lincoln University Campus

Tickets available at the door. $15 (adults), $5 (students)

Special Guests: Gary Sanders, pianist; Dancers’ Alley (Katy Howland, director); Helias High School Choir


Please join the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra as we present our 2018 POPs concert featuring music from Hollywood cinematic treasures. From Alfred Hitchcock, James Bond, Star Wars, the Beatles, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, to a delightful pastiche of American West tunes, a goulash of works is presented for your evening’s entertainment. Lyrics to the Best of the Beatles will be provided for an audience sing along. Dancers’ Alley will be performing as part of the Themes from 007, and members of the Helias High School Choir will join us in the cult classic Bohemian Rhapsody.


Rarely performed tinsel town “piano concertos from the movies” are showcased in the second half of the program. The Spellbound Concerto spotlights a most unusual and piquant instrument, the theremin. By the 1950’s, the theremin became the signature sound for sci-fi film and television thanks to is eerie, supernatural timbre. Undoubtedly you’ve heard this instrument in blockbuster movies such as War of the Worlds, The Thing From Another World, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, The Ten Commandments, and Batman Forever.


The Beach Boys used this instrument in their 1966 hit song Good Vibrations. A nod to Hollywood royalty is provided with piano and orchestra music from While I Live (1947), Night Song (1947), Spellbound (1945), The Apartment (1960), and Legends of the Fall (1994). This is your chance to hear these most unique and seldom heard concertantes. Spanning seven decades, the music for this concert is certain to have something for everyone!


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Piano Concerto Competition
Winner Concert

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, April 24 2018 at 7:00 pm

Mitchell Auditorium, Lincoln University Campus

Tickets available online, at Capital Music Company, or at the door. $15 (adults), $5 (students)



Bolero by Maurice Ravel, featuring the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company


The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana


Festive Overture  by Dmitri Shostakovich


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Edvard Grieg


Thank you to the Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission for awarding a grant to make our collaboration with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company possible!

The winner of the 2018 Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra is Tanner Henley and he will perform their winning concerto with the JCSO on its final concert of the 2017-2018 Jefferson City Community Concert Association series. The competition was held on February 10, 2018. Each Missouri college, university or private teacher was permitted to submit candidates for the competition. Also eligible are residents of Missouri who were studying out of state. 

Tanner Henley

About Our Concert Winner

Out of envy toward his musical peers, Tanner Henley began studying piano at the age of twelve with his grandmother, Sharon Green. Despite not owning a piano for his first year of musical studies, his newfound appreciation for classical music and special affinity for the piano works of Frederic Chopin substantially accelerated his musical development. Mr. Henley performed publicly for the first time in 2013 at a morning service for Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Holt Summit, where he still performs at church services on special occasions.


At thirteen years old, Mr. Henley began formal piano studies under the instruction of Karen Larvick, with whom he has now studied with for the past four years. Since then, he has earned several top scholarships from the Mid-Missouri Area Music Teachers Association to attend summer music institutes at the University of Missouri in Columbia and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Through these programs, he has studied with several professional musicians, including Dr. Paola Savvidou, Dr. Tian Tian, and Dr. Jon and Mia Hynes. More recently, Mr. Henley was the winner of the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra 2018 Piano Concerto Competition in February. In addition, he was winner of his division at the Federation of Music Clubs Festival in March, and will be performing at the University of Missouri in May to represent his district.


Aside from playing the piano, Mr. Henley is a cashier at Walmart and a senior at Jefferson City High School, where he is a member of his high school’s chorale and even leads as a policy debate captain on the speech and debate team. Upon graduating high school, he plans on pursuing degrees in piano performance and international studies. He is currently undecided about where to attend college.

Upcoming Season


Children’s Halloween Concert

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm


Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm


Piano Concerto Competition Winner

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm