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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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Strum, Strings and a Serenade

OCT 3, 2020

The strings of the Midland Symphony Orchestra will perform music by a rising star in the composition field, Jessie Montgomery. Montgomery, winner of the Leonard Bernstein Prize has received premieres by the leading orchestras of the world including the New York Philharmonic. The program will also include the masterful 8th String Quartet of Shostakovich and the famous Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky.

MSO Subscriber Exclusive Event / SEP 30, 7:30 PM
Christine Beamer, principal violist and Karel Abo, associate concertmaster will be in conversation with Jessie Montgomery, composer of Strum one of the pieces on the October concert. The musicians will discuss Montgomery’s work, their experiences playing it as well as an extended conversation about the role of women in performance, arts administration, and orchestral music.

Additionally, an online conversation with maestro Bohuslav Rattay will immediately follow that performance and provide you the opportunity to ask Bo about the evening. We may also be joined by one or two of our outstanding MSO musicians.

Maestro's Surprise

NOV 14, 2020

It’s a surprise! Our maestro, Bohuslav Rattay, has chosen some of his favorite repertoire and is eager to share it with you...he just doesn’t want to do it until the night of the performance! It is sure to be a thrilling night that we will all remember as our incredible Midland Symphony Orchestra performs this outstanding music.

MSO Subscriber Exclusive Event
Prior to the concert, we invite you to an online conversation with maestro Bohuslav Rattay. This will offer you the opportunity to ask Bo why he chose these pieces, and what they mean to him. He may also offer wine suggestions for pairing with each work! Date/time to be announced.

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 in an evening of carols and holiday songs, both contemporary and long-beloved.

MSO Subscriber Exclusive Event
With Josh and Emily involved, we know that our subscriber holiday exclusive conversation will be a delightful gift, in keeping with the season! Date/time to be announced.

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

Spring 2021
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.

Sponsored by: Tri-Star Trust

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.
Donor Lounge

Enjoy Exclusive Benefits

Make the most of your symphony experience with VIP parking, a private donor's lounge and more.


The next audition cycle for the Midland Symphony Orchestra will take place in the fall of 2020.