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Our mission is to be a cultural destination where people find meaning and connection – and people means all people. We cannot simply use words, we must act. Since 2018 we have worked to support musicians of color through our partnerships with the Sphinx Organization and the National Alliance for Audition Support – but we can still do better, and will do better.

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Immerse yourself with some of North America's finest award-winning musicians as the Midland Symphony Orchestra collaborates on notable works in classical repertoire and introduces audiences to new symphonic experiences to audiences that critics are calling "wildly innovative experiences with the highest level of musicality!"

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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.

Mozart Requiem

NOV 14, 2020
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
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.

Holiday Pops

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!

Perfect Pairings

SEP 17, 2020
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.

Music Director

Bohuslav Rattay

Czech conductor and Music Director Bohuslav Rattay continues to bring a new style and flare to the podium, taking your classical music experience outside of the box. An enthusiastic promoter for classical music, Mr. Rattay strives to bring traditional and innovative programs together in a manner that’s exciting and fresh for his audience.

Bohuslav divides his time between the United States and Europe, always continuing his quest to find new ways to bring great music into the lives of people on both continents.

More to Know

About the Midland Symphony Orchestra

More than 70 of the best professionals musicians across the State of Michigan and beyond join together to provide the Great Lakes Bay Region with symphonic music featuring renowned guest artists, family programs and special events since 1936. The Symphony has become the finest entertainment in the region with continued SOLD OUT performances!

Midland Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Musicians & Auditions

Fall 2020

The Midland Symphony Orchestra is made up of professional musicians from around the state of Michigan and beyond. Auditions are held annually in the fall. For information about auditioning for the MSO, please contact Robin Von Wald.

More to Know

Violin Teacher with student

Education & Outreach

Activities to foster future musicians and music appreciation for all ages in the greater Midland area.
Girls in Theatre seats

First Timers Guide

Here's useful information before your visit. We also have a children's go-to guide for families.
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The next audition cycle for the Midland Symphony Orchestra will take place in the fall of 2020.