The Sedalia Symphony Orchestra will open its 85th consecutive season on October 13th with one of the most ambitious concerts they have ever presented.  This season brings changes in that concerts will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.  The only evening concert will be the Christmas Pops concert to be held on December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.  All concerts, including the Pops, will be held at the Heckart Performing Arts Center, Smith-Cotton High School, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd.  

The October 13th concert will begin with selections from West Side Story and conclude with the Sedalia premier of the full symphonic completion of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, a master work of classical repertory combining the Symphony Orchestra with a quartet of soloists including former Sedalian Candice Edwards.  The soloists and orchestra will be accompanied by a grand chorus of voices from the Sedalia Chorale and the Sedalia Messiah chorus on a single stage performing a masterpiece to be remembered for years to come.

The winter concert will be held on March 8th, and the spring concert will be held on April 26th.  

General season tickets are $40 and senior (age 60 and over) season tickets are $25.  Single tickets for the October concert only are $25.  For information please call 660-826-7506 (if no answer leave a message) or go to

News Release from the Sedalia Symphony Society Board

July 25, 2018

 The Sedalia Symphony Society Board is proud to announce the new conductor, Luke Lyons of Springfield, Missouri, for the 84th symphony season.  Lyons was selected after the search committee had intensive interviews with outstanding local and out-of-area candidates.  In the history of the symphony, he will be the fourth person to hold this position.  Mr. Abe Rosenthal helped to organize the symphony with the ladies of the Helen G. Steele Music Club in 1935 and went on to be the conductor for 45 years.  Only Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops has been a continual conductor of the same organization for a longer time period.  Mr. Harold J. Johnston followed as the second conductor and Ms. Gwendolyn Kappelman was the third.

Mr. Lyons has completed his masters in orchestral conducting from Missouri State University under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Kelts.  He is the founder and co-conductor of the MSU Repertory Ensemble and has been guest conductor for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.  Luke brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the position and is ready to join the symphony in bringing more outstanding music to the community.

The first concert of the 2018-19 season will be October 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Heckart Performing Arts Center in Sedalia, Missouri with Cornet Chop Suey as guest artist.  The Messiah is a musical gift to the community December 2, 3 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church.  The Christmas Pops Concert, at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, is December 3, 7:30 p.m.  The February 25, 2019 concert will have the MU Singers as the guest artist, and over 100 youth string players  joining with the symphony.  The final concert of the season will be April 15, 2019, with the Harold J. Johnston Scholarship recipients as guest performers.

Luke Lyons, Conductor

Luke Lyons, Conductor