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FEB 1, 2024 - Discover one of the most beautiful natural phenomena at Midland Center for the Arts and the Midland Symphony Orchestra as they present Wonders of Nature on February 24, 2024, at 7:30 PM. The program showcases breathtaking videos of the Aurora Borealis curated by award-winning astronomer, Dr. José Francisco Salgado.

“The idea is to make science very accessible,” says Dr. Salgado, “present it in a non-intimidating way. Astronomy, and many earth sciences as well, they’re so visually appealing. All you have to do is show a very interesting image and people say ‘wow, what is that? Tell me about that.”

The Wonders of Nature concert begins with Aurora Triptych by John Estacio, celebrating the Aurora Borealis itself. Dr. Salgado is known for his work displaying real scientific phenomena in captivating visual art. The second half includes Debussy’s impressionistic and powerfully elegant masterwork, La Mer.

Children ages 6-12 who attend the first half of the concert are invited to explore the Aurora Borealis further with our education team during the second half. Participants will learn about sound and light waves through fun hands-on experiments, design a unique work of art inspired by the Northern Lights, and explore the magic of light in our newest IFF STEM Exhibit, At the Speed of Light. Activities include Northern Lights Chalk Art, Spark!Lab Laser Light Maze, Science of Sound Demo, Color Rhythms, Little Bits & Snap Circuits, and DIY Circuit Art. The cost is an additional $5 on the concert ticket price and participants must register their children.

Tickets for Midland Symphony Orchestra’s Wonders of Nature concert, along with pre-show children’s activities, are 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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