JUNE 24 - JULY 15


Welcome to the Firefly Music Festival!

The Missouri Symphony welcomes you to the Firefly Music Festival, a reimagined summer festival experience led by MOSY Music Director, Wilbur Lin.


Featuring The Matsuo Duo and world-premiere of Fanfare CoMo by LA-based film music composer Ching-Shan Chang.

Join us from 6:15-6:45p before the show for a LIVE pre-concert talk on the Missouri Theatre stage with Ching-Shan Chang and MSO Assistant Conductor Jacob Schnitzer! Open to all ticketholders.

Fanfare CoMo

June 24 | 7:00P | Missouri Theater

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The grand opening concert of our Firefly Music Festival features the world premiere of Fanfare CoMo, a commissed work by LA-based composer Ching-Shan Chang. Inspired by Columbia’s own Blind Boone and film music legend John Williams, this performance also includes a special declaration from Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe. The powerful Third Symphony by Brahms will then kick off our summer exploration of Brahms and the Schumanns.

Concluding this exciting concert, we will feature The Matsuo Duo on Brahms’s Double Concerto. A husband and wife team, Stefani and Hiro Matsuo join us from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Stefani is Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony and Hiro is a tenured cellist of the CSO.



Featuring MSO Pianist Emi Kagawa and recently commissioned New York Philharmonic work Clara by Gabriela Ortiz.

Clara: Inspiration & Legacy

June 30 | 7:00P | Missouri Theater

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Featuring recently commissioned New York Philharmonic work Clara by composer Gabriela Ortiz, this concert continues our exploration of the Schumanns with MSO principle pianist Emi Kagawa performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A before closing with Symphony No. 3 “Organ Symphony,” a work composed by Schumann enthusiast Saint-Seans.


Featuring a community vocalist and Sound Bites raffle winner on bass drum.

Missouri's Finest, America's Best

July 2 | 3:00P | Missouri Theater

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This concert opens with a singing of the Star Spangled Banner led by a community vocalist and celebrates all things America by featuring works such as Fanfare for Democracy, John Williams’ Superman’s Theme, and Sousa’s beloved Stars and Stripes Forever, with featured guest performers Jazz Rucker, Symonne Sparks, and Sound Bites raffle winner on bass drum.



An immersive concert experience in the grand hall of SHSMO's Center of Missouri Studies.

Playlist at an Exhibition: 
A Promenade Concert

July 7 | 7:00P | State Historical Society of MO
$49 - General Admission

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A new concert experience at the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO), attendees are offered the unique opportunity to immerse themselves within the MSO and experience works such as Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and other well-known favorites from a bold new perspective in the grand hall of SHSMO's Center for Missouri Studies.





Featuring films scores from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Up, Coco, and more. Cosplay encouraged!

Beyond the Star(War)s: Greatest Hits of the Silver Screen

July 9 | 3:00P | Missouri Theater

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Starring memorable film scores such as John Williams’ music from Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Michael Giacchino’s music from Disney/Pixar’s Up and Coco, and many more, this cinematic spectacular will surely be an afternoon perfect for the whole family.

Cosplay encouraged! Join us dressed as your favorite character from any John Williams-scored or Disney film and be entered to win a prize.


The finale concert featuring music by composers William Schuman and Robert Schumann, and guest pianist Michael Stephen Brown.

The Schuman(n) Connection

July 15 | 7:00P | Missouri Theater

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In a fitting connection between the two Schuman(ns), the concluding concert of our Firefly Music Festival features William Schuman’s (the 20th century “American Schuman”) New England Triptych and a performance of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Edward MacDowell, a leading composer of the New England Classicists, with New York-based guest artist Michael Stephen Brown before closing with Robert Schumann’s last symphony composition, Symphony No. 4, as our final exploration of the Schuman(n) experience.

So, why Firefly?

“You know you’re in Missouri when fireflies light up the evening sky!”
Since the founding of our Hot Summer Nights Music Festival in 2004, MOSY has welcomed musicians and guest artists from all around the world to perform with the MSO each summer. Following our Summer of Conductors in 2022, we entered a new phase and asked our musicians what helps them feel at home when visiting Missouri. The answer was unanimous: fireflies! After that, MOSY had no doubt what the next iteration of our summer festival would be called.

We are excited to be sharing this new look with you and can’t wait to have you join us for your new summer festival experience at MOSY!

Ticket Refunds and Exchanges

All tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final. Performances, schedules, programs, and artists are subject to change. You may exchange your tickets for another performance within the current season (subject to availability). Ticket exchange requests must be made at least 48 hours before the performance. We cannot handle exchanges involving tickets for past concerts or on concert evenings.

There is no charge for ticket exchanges to MOSY Serenade-level donors and above. There will be a $5.00 exchange fee for all others, including single-ticket buyers. You will be charged the price difference if any exchange results in a seat of greater value. Refunds are not available for exchanges to seats of lesser value.

Can’t use or exchange your ticket? Donate the ticket before the performance! Your seats will be released, and a tax donation receipt will be mailed when donated tickets are received before a concert. Donation requests may be submitted up to 3 hours before the ticketed performance. Once you donate a ticket, your donation is final, and the ticket is immediately made available for resale.

There are no refunds for unused tickets.

If a concert is canceled, postponed, or rescheduled, MOSY staff will contact ticket holders as soon as possible with the options available.

Please note that ticket service fees cover the cost of selling a ticket and are non-refundable in any situation.
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