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Midland Center for the Arts invites audiences to embark on a captivating musical journey across the globe with Midland Symphony Orchestra in its upcoming Postcards concert on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 7:30 PM. The evening boasts a repertoire that will have audiences of all ages transported to faraway lands. Featured guests include renowned double bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles, winner of the Robert Fredrick Smith Prize at the International Sphinx Competition, and a special world premiere preshow orchestral arrangement led by MacArthur fellow, Tomeka Reid.

The evening will feature the world premiere of a new children’s book, Hello Yellow Cello, in a dazzling fusion of music and literature. Authored by Rae Chesny with gorgeous illustrations by Naty Scabuso, this book was commissioned by Midland Center for the Arts to create an immersive storytelling experience about music for families. Beginning at 6:50 PM, the book will be brought to life with a special orchestral arrangement led by MacArthur fellow, Tomeka Reid. Copies of Hello Yellow Cello will be available for pre-purchase on and for sale at the November 4 performance.

The Postcards concert features a global selection of musical masterpieces, including the beauty and drama of Jean Sibelius' Finlandia, followed by the rhythmic virtuosity of Andres Martin's Concerto for Double Bass, guided by renowned double bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles. The evening will close out with the exquisite delights of George Gershwin's An American in Paris.

We are incredibly excited about this program,” exclaimed Dr. Matt Travis, Chief Operating Officer of Midland Center for the Arts,  “Hello Yellow Cello is a project we have actively been working on for a year and a half, and Kebra-Seyoun Charles, an artist I have admired will fiercely perform Martin’s Concerto. Along with the orchestral classics Finlandia and An American in Paris, this is guaranteed to be a thrilling night for the Center and the culmination of many months of work.”

Tickets for Midland Symphony Orchestra’s Postcards concert are currently available online at, by calling (989) 631-8250, or by visiting the box office located at 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland.

The 2023/24 Midland Symphony Orchestra season is sponsored by Tri-Star Trust with media sponsor WCMU Public Radio. Midland Symphony Orchestra programs are made possible in part through the generosity of Sarah & Dan Opperman and Kenneth & Regina Pederson.


Since 1936, Midland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has been a cultural cornerstone in Michigan, bringing together over 70 of the state's top musicians to create symphonic magic. Led by Music Director Bohuslav Rattay and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Matt Travis, MSO boasts an illustrious history of sold-out performances and collaborations with world-class guest artists.


Midland Center for the Arts is a cultural hub for the Great Lakes Bay Region and State of Michigan. Imagine a place where you can experience the best of art, science, history, music, theatre, dance, and film, all under one stunning roof. This vibrant and unique institution, housed within an architecturally significant building, is a haven for artists, students, historians, and audiences alike. With its impressive 1,500-seat auditorium, 400-seat theater, interactive museum of science and art, Midland County Historical Society, and Studio School art studios, the possibilities for entertainment and enrichment are endless. Ready to explore? Visit

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