2020/21 Season Subscription
Midland Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
OCT 3, 2020
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique
In a work inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky idealizes the classical composer’s style with an ever-expanding Rococo theme featuring cellist Sterling Elliott, the 2019 Sphinx Competition winner. The latter half of the evening balances on the razor thin line between depression and brilliance; between the life-force and impending fate. The haunting final movement of Symphony No. 6 is considered by some to be Tchaikovsky’s public farewell before his mysterious death.
NOV 14, 2020
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Mozart Requiem
The first part of this evening features what Jean Sibelius called his “confession of the soul,” popularly dubbed the Finnish “Symphony of Independence.” Graceful yet occasionally playful, the work is ultimately regal, triumphant and hopeful, looking toward a bright future. For the second portion of the evening, Midland Symphony Orchestra, Choirs of the Center and resident artists from the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio will join forces on one of the greatest and most recognizable choral works ever written, Mozart’s Requiem.
DEC 19, 2020
Josh Young, Tony Award® nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar and star of Broadway’s Amazing Grace, and his wife, Broadway Star Emily Padgett of Rock of Ages, Bright Star and Side Show fame, will celebrate the season with the MIDLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and choirs of the Center in an evening of carols and holiday songs both contemporary and long-beloved. Bring the whole family to enjoy this newly traditional kick off to the season! NOTE: this popular event sold out in 2019. Get your seats now!
Aurora Triptych & Rite of Spring
MAR 20, 2021
Estacio: Aurora Triptych
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
If you loved The Planets last season, you will revel in Solaris, Borealis & Wondrous Light — a feature film with beautiful images enhancing the wonderful music of your orchestra. This time we take you to the far north to experience the ethereal beauty of the aurora borealis. The whole family is welcome, as there will be educational activities for children following intermission. This will give parents the opportunity to enjoy Stravinsky’s iconic, unforgettable and groundbreaking Rite of Spring. According to The Guardian, there is “no more influential piece of music in the 20th century.” An altogether glorious evening of music to kick off the first day of spring! Film: by Emmy-nominated astronomer/visual artist, Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado.
50th Anniversary Celebration
MAY 1, 2021
Don’t miss this spectacular concert celebrating our 50 years in the community! We are plotting and planning an amazing evening, featuring a renowned guest artist or two and a few fun surprises within a program of popular classical music. Subscribe today for the best seats at the lowest prices for this scintillating event and be first “in the know” before we announce our secret performer(s) to the general public!
SEP 17, 2020
SPECIAL ADD-ON EVENT / $100
6 PM Mingle / 7 PM Dinner
Guided by Aaron Sherman, NPR-noted sommelier
Featuring 2018 Sphinx competition winner, violinist Ruben Rengel
Join us as sommelier Aaron Sherman leads a five-course seated wine tasting on the Auditorium stage! Music for the evening will be provided by 2018 sphinx competition winner Ruben Rengel, performing music suited to each pairing of small plates and wine. This delicious evening includes an auction with opportunities to bid on exclusive dinners, getaways and other drool-worthy experiences! Guests can buy chances to choose a random bottle of wine (some selections valued over $100) from the Wine Wall. This fundraising event supports Midland Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Symphony and other education programs.