Festival on the Green 2013


Event: Festival on the Green    FestPoster13 (4)

Date: June 8, 2013

Time: 5:30pm MACC Arts Fair

7:00 pm MSO concert

Location:  Ball State Arts Terrace

(Rain location): BSU Alumni Center


Parking is free on Saturdays in all BSU parking garages, and also in red, yellow or green parking lots as long as you don’t park in the handicapped space, service vehicle space or parking meter.


Event at a glance: 5:30pm-7pm MSO Picnic Contest, theme: Around the World (Enter to win cool prizes: family, individual, and group picnic contest entries are welcome), MACC Arts Fair: arts displays, vendor booths, instrument petting zoo, children’s activities, mini-performances, door prizes (bring some cash to purchase art work from local artists), MSO Super Conductor Contest Finale- vote for your favorite community member to lead MSO in an exciting musical performance of their choice.

Picnic Contest Information:

Don’t forget to register your picnic for a contest at the registration tent as you arrive. No advance registration is required. Picnics will be adjudicated by chefs and/or community members. Prizes will be awarded during MSO concert intermission in 3 categoroes:

1) Most Creative Menu

2) Best Use of the Around the World Theme

3) People’s choice

Use your imagination in your picnic menu or picnic set up and win prizes! The theme is AROUND THE WORLD!

Prizes include dinner for four at Johnny Carino’s, dinner for four at Fuji and dinner for two at Casa Del Sol, plus a couple of little surprises.


Participating picnics will be registered between 5:30pm and 6pm at the registration tent and the adjudication will take place between 6pm and 7pm with winners announced during concert intermission.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic with Around the World theme in mind, but participation in a contest is optional. It can be a menu from a specific country, or a whole scene representing the country or part of the world; the picnic spot could be decorated with Around the World theme in mind, you could wear national costumes of different countries, there could be signs explaining how the picnic is related to the Around the World Theme, there could be props related to travel, etc. Anything goes, no limit to your imagination. Individual or family or group entries are accepted.  After picnic contest participants register at the registration tent as they arrive, they will receive a helium balloon with a number to identify their picnic spot for judges and for public.   It should be fun!

Admission to the festival and picnic contest entries are FREE.

Rent a table and 8 chairs from Muncie Symphony League volunteers

Bring your own table and chairs or avoid juggling chairs, blankets, tables and food to the Arts Terrace.  Rent a table for 8 with 8 chairs from Muncie Symphony League for $20 each and just bring the food. Tables are 8 feet long and the top is covered with plastic ready for your table cloth and food.  Make your reservation online , print and mail this form with payment or call MSO at 765-285-5531. Reservations deadline is May 31.

Arts Fair and Display Booths

The Arts Fair  is hosted and sponsored by the Muncie Arts and Culture Council from 5:30-7:00pm.  The Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert presented by Kitselman Fund, Community Foundation and First Merchants Bank will begin at 7pm.

Visitors  to the Arts Fair can walk around, enjoy art and music activities,  see performances, sign up for door prizes, visit with artisans and other organizations, and interact with the public. The concert will begin  at 7:00pm and will make for a grand finale to the evening.

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Booth and activity space is at no cost to artisans and arts/culture organizations.  All  individual artists and art groups  are encouraged to  sign up for a FREE booth space  to feature and sell your art work, demonstrate art activities,  and  promote art programs to make the Arts Fair a fun and festive atmosphere for the  community.


For Arts Fair FREE booth space or to donate a door prize contact Carly Acree at [email protected]

The deadline for artist and organizations to sign up for the Arts Fair is Wednesday, May 29th at 5pm.

Booth  set-up time is 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm.

Arts Fair is 5:30 – 7:00 pm

MSO Concert begins at 7:00 pm

Opportunity for business and nonprofit organizations:

If you are not an Arts/Culture Organization, but would still like to showcase your small business or your nonprofit organization you also have the opportunity for a display booth. Cost for a spot with 8 foot table and 2 chairs included:

$25 for small businesses (under 10 employees),
$100 for businesses with more than 10 employees
$15 for small nonprofit organizations (under 10 employees),
$50 for nonprofit organizations with more than 10 employees.

Information brochure is here. Reserve your booth online or by calling MSO office at 285-5531.


Super Conductor Contest 

Meet MSO’s Super Conductor Contest participants:

Linda Gregory                                                   Andy Bowne                                     Michelle Kinsey 

Photos edit for web_cropped           Chinese Dance,                        Russian Dance Trepak              Hungarian Rhapsody
Nutcracker- Tchaikovsky            Nutcracker- Tchaikovsky                               Liszt

Each of these brave community members chose a piece of music they would like to conduct with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. They are competing with each other to collect community votes. The competitor who gets most votes wins and will conduct a piece at the concert at the Festival on the Green.

Each vote is $1. Voting is on-going from now until the finale of the contest on June 8th. Vote online or mail your vote with a contestant’s name and donation to the MSO office 2000 W. University Ave. AC 112, Muncie, IN 47306

Listen to the podcast from Muncie on the Move with Steve Lindell and MSO’s Super Conductor Contestants.

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Instrument petting zoo will be available for children of all ages to have a closer look at various instruments. Children are encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow and strike the instruments displayed!

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Don’t miss an opportunity to sign up your child or sign up yourself for a two week Summer Jam, organized by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra from June 17 through June 29, 2013. Register by June 7. See our education page for more details.

Meet our Guest Conductor for the Festival on the Green 2013:


 By popular demand, Lawrence Rapchak returns  to conduct Symphony on the Green. Rapchak is in his eleventh season as Music Director of the Northbrook Symphony

Orchestra (IL). He appeared withThe Chicago Symphony and  led The Chicago Philharmonic in three unique educational programs for the Ravinia Festival, one of which featured an original work of his own which was released on CD.

Mr. Rapchak has served as Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater for five seasons.  He conducted COT’s recording of Menotti’s The Medium, of which the BritishOpera The Rough Guide said this performance is so rivetingly theatrical, and much of the praise should go to Lawrence Rapchak for his powerfully atmospheric direction, and Le Monde De La Musique wrote Lawrence Rapchak conducts this compact drama perfectly.

Mr. Rapchak has conducted the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic, Marion (IN) Philharmonic, as well as four series of community concerts with The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Music Director of Chamber Opera Chicago for eight seasons, and has guest conducted the Czech Radio Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestrain concerts and recordings of his own works.

His orchestral work Saetas was commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Jarvi in 1997. The same work was subsequently performed by both the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  His works have also been performed by the Detroit Symphony, theOmaha Symphony and the National Orchestral Association in Carnegie Hall.

He is listed in the authoritative Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, edited by the late Nicholas Slonimsky, and is currently in his 20th season as pre-concert speaker for the Chicago Symphony  Orchestra.Mr. Rapchak resides in Whiting, Indiana with his wife, Celeste, and their three whippets, Lucy, June-Bug and Macanudo.

MSO Concert Program “Around the World”

The Star-Spangled Banner

March for the Royal Society of Musicians    Haydn

Vltava (The Moldau)                                                  Smetana

Blue Tango                                                                       Anderson

Molly Cooper and Austin Cassel, Five Star Dance Studio

La Bamba di Vera Cruz                                             Tucci

Chinese Dance from “The Nutcracker”            Tchaikovsky
Russian Dance from “The Nutcracker”           Tchaikovsky
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2                                    Liszt


March of the Little Fauns                                      Pierne
Song Folio from “Friendly Persuasion”     Tiomkin, arr. Palmer
        a.) Thee I Love
        b.) Marry Me
        c.) Lead Her Like a Pigeon
        d.) The Mockingbird
        e.) Indiana Holiday (Polka)
        f.) Thee I Love

Hoe-Down from “Rodeo”                                       Copland
Matthew Prymek, Seth Morgan, Athena Nagel,
Sophie Arnold, Kielle Mockenstrum, Kaydee Linn,
Annie Fort.
Lisa Love, Artistic Director

The Stars and Stripes Forever                             Sousa


Special thank you to the Festival on the Green supporters:

                Harry and Janet Kitselman Foundation

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