Conductor's Note

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"It's Fortuitous"


Great performances, great music and great times at 42!

 Yes… it’s hard to believe that the Macomb Symphony Orchestra has provided that and more for 42 years. Entertaining and edifying our friends in ways that quicken their step and sharpen their eye, the M.S.O. is the cultural resource valued by our long-standing patrons as well as our most recent friends.

 Be part of the atmosphere by your regular attendance and participation. Season tickets are a bargain. The annual concert of ethnicity will focus on all things Finnish this October. If you are unfamiliar with Jean Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer, this performance should open a remedy that.  In December, film maven Kevin Walsh will return by popular demand from last season with holiday music made popular in TV shows.  In March, a concert of baroque concertos will be presented. Virtuoso performers drawn from the orchestra will be the focus for an intimate afternoon. The April finale will offer music conducive to “heavy breathing.” Music of the Romantic era, the 19th century, is passionate and sensuous.

 In addition to our music making, the M.S.O. will present a fun filled evening at the Stahl Auto Museum on Wednesday, November 16. Last fall we presented “Motorcars, Merlot and Music” with great reviews and the request to recreate the party. We’ve heard you! Tickets will be available at the October concert, from orchestra board members or from the symphony office by calling (586) 286-2045.            

As always, we would like to offer season subscribers one additional ticket to the concert of their choice FREE.  We will provide a voucher, good at the box office, as our way of saying THANKS!

Enjoy the music!
Thomas Cook,
Music Director

Our Upcoming Concerts & Events



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 Friday, October 7th, 2016  8:00 p.m.

finland flagThe thirty-second annual concert of ethnic music is a salute to Finland in Europe’s far north. It is also the “downbeat” of the Macomb Symphony’s forty-second season. The Finns have a long and proud history that is reflected in their art and music. 2016 is a date half way between the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius’ birth in 1865 and the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence in 1917.  For centuries the Finns have preserved a unique language and culture in the face of political and economic pressures from all sides. From the stature and respect he has received, Sibelius became the voice of a land yearning for freedom.  The Finnish American Singers of Michigan and the MSO will perform two patriotic selections that reflect the master’s hope for his land, Onward Ye People and the iconic Finlandia, a work outlawed by the Russian overlords who dominated the Finns for many years.  


Christmas at the Movies.

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Sunday, December 4th, 2016  3:00 p.m.

hermey_the_elf_and_rudolphOur holiday audience has requested a "repeat performance" of the popular program that features music associated with TV and movie themes remembered by their familiar music. We will present short clips from well-loved programs and movies and the Macomb Symphony will offer the themes associated with the music that helpes "cement them" in your mind. Join in the celebration! From the pop side, you’ll hear Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Little Drummer Boy and the always requested Sleigh Ride.


The Baroque Concerto

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Sunday, March 26th, 2017  3:00 p.m.

harpsichord-double2The Idea of the concerto, an interplay between soloist(s) and orchestra, was” invented” during the baroque period in the late 17th century. The colors and textures of the Macomb Symphony Chamber Orchestra will be matched by the brilliance of the soloists featured, all members of the orchestra.


All Things Romantic

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Friday, April 28th, 2017 8:00 p.m.

romance2A warm and sensuous evening could lead to romance. Even if it is rainy, passion will be in the air for the season finale. Three great masterpieces from the 19th century by three composers who knew and supported each other serve as a statement of will. 

Robert Schumann, represented by his Manfred Overture, created this powerful work inspired by the poetry of Lord Byron, father of English Romantics.