Symphony at Home

Resiliency. Service. Hope. Our Muncie community is reaching out to one another, strengthening our social fabric even as social distancing challenges our connectedness. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra is “playing our part” by sharing music with you and your family through our new online initiatives Symphony SundaysMusician Moment, and new education offerings by our MSO Education Team.

Visit this page for uplifting performances and engaging demonstrations:

Our community outreach is brought to you thanks to steadfast support from our community partners: Ball Brothers Foundation, The City of Muncie, The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc., and the George and Frances Ball Foundation.

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Symphony Sundays

Please enjoy select past performances by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra! The performances will also be posted on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Videos courtesy of Steve Perry Enterprises, unless indicated.

Symphonic Classics

Beethoven Symphonies

 

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, our newest online offering, Symphony Sundays, features the MSO’s February 23, 2013 performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Mvt. IV., presented in Sursa Performance Hall followed by the February 11, 2017 performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in Emens Auditorium.

The Ride of the Valkyries

 

“The Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner, performed by the MSO from September 2004.

Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique

 

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra performs Movements IV. – March to the Scaffold and V. – Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This past concert, entitled Symphonic Halloween, was performed on October 27, 2018 in Emens Auditorium.

The Moldau

 

Please enjoy the MSO playing the Romantic tone poem, “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884). This performance comes from a concert in Emens Auditorium on March 28, 2004, with Nobuyoshi Yasuda conducting.

Family/Pops Concerts

Young People’s Concert: “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage”

 

Watch and listen to Classical Kids LIVE! Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the audience discover the great master’s passion for composing as Mozart and his son embark on a magic journey into the world of The Magic Flute. Follow the Prince and Papageno as they try to rescue Princess Pamina from the Queen of the Night in Sarastro’s enchanted castle. This concert was performed February 16, 2020 at Emens Auditorium.

Classical Kids LIVE! is produced by Classical Kids Music Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering classical music education. In combination with the Classical Kids Teaching Edition, Classical Kids LIVE! serves as one of the world’s best educational outreach and community engagement programs contributing to the long-term health of classical music.

Young People’s Concert: “Gershwin’s Magic Key”

 

Watch and listen to Gershwin’s Magic Key as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra magically weaves Gershwin’s greatest hits into the drama as the master composer shares historical information and musical inspiration.

This concert was performed February 25, 2018 at Emens Auditorium.

Fisher | Shafer Holiday Pops Concert

 

Join the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for festive holiday favorites at the annual Fisher|Shafer Holiday Pops family concert. The concert features holiday favorites from the Nutcracker, A Christmas Festival, a collection of Carols, and Sleigh Ride!

Baroque Holiday Concert

 

Join the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for a festive evening of Baroque Holiday music. This free concert features Concertmaster, Noelle Tretick -Gosling, performing the violin solo from Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons. Enjoy European holiday favorites from Italy, Germany, France, and Austria.

Festival on the Green 2018

 

The MSO dedicates this week’s Symphony Sundays to the amazing Class of 2020! Congratulations to our graduates for their spectacular achievements. In celebration of the start of summer, we share selections from Festival on the Green 2018 that include Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 4, Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Saint-Saens’ Marche Militaire Francaise. While not the well-known “graduation” version, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 4 has moments that are reminiscent of a festive graduation day procession. Festival on the Green 2018 was performed on June 9, 2018 in the Field Sports Building on the Ball State University campus.

Festival on the Green 2019

 

With the cancellation of the Festival on the Green 2020, the MSO would like to share selections from Festival on the Green 2019; The Star-Spangled Banner and includes R. Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets. Festival on the Green 2019 was performed on June 8, 2019 in the JoAnn Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Ball State University campus.

The MSO would like to thank this year’s sponsors Northwest Bank – Presenting Sponsor, and The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. as well as past support from the Shafer Foundation. We are grateful for our Season Partners: Ball State University, Indiana Public Radio, WIPB, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Toddler Pops 2016

 

With Summer 2020 in full swing, the MSO would like to share selections from one of our family concerts, Toddler Pops, which were presented at Southside Middle School. Selections include March of the Toreadors by Georges Bizet; Old Macdonald; Orpheus in the Underworld (Can-Can) by Jacques Offenbach; Chicken Reel by Leroy Anderson. These fun, interactive concerts were performed on May 14, 2016 and May 20, 2017 in the Southside Middle School auditorium.

Soloist Spotlight

Maya Kilburn, Violin – Young Artist Winner Performance

 

Maya Kilburn, the 2019 MSO Young Artist Competition Steve Dingledine Senior Division Winner, performs the 2nd and 3rd movements of Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor with the MSO at Emens Auditorium on October 12, 2019. A 17-year-old Muncie native, Maya has also soloed with the Indianapolis, Carmel, Louisville, and Southeast Missouri symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the New World Youth Symphony, and the Orchestra Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. She studied violin for seven years with Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University Jacobs School String Academy, and currently studies at The Juilliard School.

Sage Hamm, Piano – Young Artist Winner Performance

 

Sage Hamm, the 2018 MSO Young Artist Competition Steve Dingledine Senior Division Winner and Indiana University student, performs the Andante sostenuto movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint – Saёns at Emens Auditorium on October 27, 2018.

Guilmant Organ Symphony

 

Raul Prieto Ramirez was the guest artist for the September 10, 2016 concert, Organ Celebration – a concert dedicated to Mary Jane and David Sursa, in Sursa Hall. Ramirez and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra performed Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 42; Movements I. Introduction and Allegro: Largo e maestoso, II. Pastorale: Andante quasi allegretto, and III. Finale: Allegro assai. Video courtesy of Steve Perry Enterprises.

Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe

 

Noelle Tretick Gosling, violin, Lisa Kozenko, oboe, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra perform J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060 in Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State University campus for the opening concert of the 2017/2018 season.

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Musician Moment

Enjoy performances by MSO musicians created especially for you! The performances will also be posted on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Outstanding Young Artists

MAYA KILBURN, VIOLIN – Young Artist Competition Performance 

 

Enjoy this performance of the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major by Maya Kilburn, violin, accompanied on piano by her father, Dr. Ray Kilburn. This performance was from the MSO Young Artist Competition on January 20, 2019 at Sursa Performance Hall. Maya was the Senior Division Winner in the competition. A 17-year-old Muncie native, Maya recently began her studies at The Juilliard School in Violin Performance.

SAGE HAMM, PIANO

 

Sage Hamm, the 2018 MSO Young Artist Competition Senior Division Winner, performs Chopin’s Étude Op. 25, No. 5 in E minor from his home.

String Chamber Ensembles

LIBERTANGO – MSO Friends of the Orchestra

 

Please enjoy this performance by MSO musicians of Libertango by Astor Piazzolla (Arr. by Martin Wray). This piece was performed live on May 19, 2019 as part of the “Friends of the Orchestra” chamber concert series at Westminster Village.

A BEETHOVEN LULLABY – MSO Friends of the Orchestra

 

Please enjoy this performance by MSO musicians of “A Beethoven Lullaby” by Brian Balmages. This piece was performed live on May 19, 2019 as part of the “Friends of the Orchestra” chamber concert series at Westminster Village.

BRANDENBURG CONCERTO, NO. 3 – MSO Friends of the Orchestra

 

Please enjoy this performance of Brandenburg Concerto, No. 3 by J.S. Bach (Arr. & Adapted by Merle J. Isaac) by MSO musicians. This piece was performed live on May 19, 2019 as part of the “Friends of the Orchestra” chamber concert series at Westminster Village.

Music on the Move String Quartet

 

“Music on the Move” string quartet musicians Ivan Kokotov, Dulale, Jian Shang, and Po-Chen Chang perform “Neapolitan Song” from the Children’s Album by Tchaikovsky, and Johann Strauss’s “Radetzky March” as part of their educational program. The performance was held at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on February 21, 2020.

Winds, Brass, and more

Thompson Family – Bach Trio Sonata

 

Dr. James Thompson (MSO Education Coordinator), flute; Paul Thompson (James’ father), piano; Dr. Sara Edgerton (James’ mother), cello; and Matthew Thompson (James’ brother), flute perform C.P.E. Bach, Trio Sonata in A Minor, Mvt. 1: Allegretto during James’ recent visit home to Missouri.

MSO Marimba Ensemble

 

The MSO Percussion Section: Stephanie Carter, Cheryl Guise, Cara Pittenger, David Robbins, and Greg Wolff performs selections live on January 15, 2020 as part of the “Friends of the Orchestra” chamber concert series at Westminster Village.

THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER – MSO Goes to Town Chamber Concert Series

 

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa was performed as part of the MSO Goes to Town Chamber Concert Series at Minnetrista on June 20, 2019. Brass Quintet musicians included Larry Powell, trumpet; John Clark, trumpet; Jennifer Johnson, horn; David Bare, trombone; and Mark Mordue, tuba. First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors were the presenting sponsor of this concert.

MSO Brass Quintet

 

“That’s A Plenty” by Lew Pollack arr. Cooper was performed as part of the MSO Goes to Town Chamber Concert Series at Minnetrista on June 20, 2019. Brass Quintet musicians included Larry Powell, trumpet; John Clark, trumpet; Jennifer Johnson, horn; David Bare, trombone; and Mark Mordue, tuba. First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors was the presenting sponsor of this concert. We are grateful to our program sponsor The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. Video courtesy of Steve Perry Enterprises.
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