Welcome to the Middletown Symphony Orchestra
Regular season concerts will be held at Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University, Middletown
Map and Directions: http://www.regionals.muohio.edu/maps/middletown-campus.htm
The Box Office will open 1 hour before each concert. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the MSO Voice Mail (513-424-2426) or purchased online using the ticket page, and picked up at the Box Office the night of the concert.
Free Outdoor Labor Day Concert, 6:30pm
Sunday, September 4, 2016 (Rain date Monday, 9/5/16)
Woodside Cemetery and Arboretum
See "News" page for an important announcement regarding the Middletown Symphony
Dear Friends of the Middletown Symphony
As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our Middletown Symphony, we have saved the very best music for last! Beginning with an All-Gershwin Pops Concert featuring the return of the amazing baritone vocalist Michael Preacely and his friend, soprano Angelique Clay, along with the rich sounds of The Cincinnati Classical Roots Chorus. We are thrilled that Mr. Preacely has agreed to be with us again, after his incredible performance with the Orchestra just last season - this time to sing the magnificent music of Porgy and Bess.
I hope you don't mind that I have indulged myself for our January Concert. Of course it contains music that I love, but it also brings several of my "Best Friends Forever" to our stage to highlight their musical talents. Tim Berens, my friend, arranger, conductor and guitarist with the Cincinnati Pops, will be with us to play one of the most beautiful pieces ever composed for guitar and orchestra (written by another dear friend, the late British composer, Steve Gray). My buddy, Rick VanMatre, genius saxophone soloist and former head of the Jazz Department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, will perform the very imaginative music of John Williams written for the movie, Catch Me If You Can. Finally, my New Studio Big Band will take the stage to perform with good friend, Mike Reid, former All-Pro tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, singer and successful composer and songwriter. You must not miss this Concert!
It has been too many years since one of our very favorite piano soloists has traveled from his native Russia to perform with us. We are making up for that in March as we present our "Ratser Returns" Concert, by asking this great musician, Dmitri Ratser, to play not only one, but TWO fantastic piano concertos for you!
It seems it was written in the stars that our final concert falls on May 7, 2017 - EXACTLY the SAME DATE 75 years earlier when Valda Wilkerson conducted the FIRST CONCERT of the Middletown Symphony! To honor this important milestone, we are performing four of the very same pieces that Valda presented on that first program so long ago. Finally, I have chosen to close our 75th Season with the stunningly beautiful music composed by Michel Legrand for the motion picture, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg. Two very well-known songs, "Watch What Happens," and "If It Takes Forever, I Will Wait For You" come from this score. The theme of the film is that of bittersweet love and loss which seems appropriate for this final program of our beloved Orchestra.
Please mark the dates of these concerts and plan to be with us for ALL of them, as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. Do, by all means, Purchase Your Tickets Now! And finally -
Thank you very much,