Conductor's Note

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"Be Our Guest"

music_director_1It's well known that in order to have a great party, you have to have great music! You'll be part of the experience when you join us for the "parties" we will be giving in the 2015-16 season. Whether you join us for one or all (a savings for the concert series) of the exciting performances, a silent auction or our November 18th "Motorcars, Merlot & Music" get together at the spectacular Stahl's Auto Museum, there's something for everyone. Come one, come all. Let's get our 41st season started with a celebration.

We like to think we are the friendly family orchestra. Around southeastern Michigan, the Macomb Symphony is known for its warmth and comradery. The players enjoy working together. The board of directors has an excellent relationship with the audience and each other and patrons seem to be at home when they are part of the whole picture. I hope you'll feel free to express yourselves to us in the lobby or through email and telephone contacts.

A measure of your interest is the annual ethnic concert, this year on October 16th. The music and atmosphere will be English, but you don't have to be a Brit to enjoy the great music. December 13th will be our night (actually afternoon) at the movies. Our intent is to enhance the coming holiday spirit. The Macomb Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble similar in size to court orchestras of the 18th century, will provide delightful music of the late baroque and early classical periods in April. May 20th will showcase music inspired by rivers and oceans. "It's in the Water" is the tile, but should not be worrisome. It's good, clean and refreshing!

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


Rule Britannia!

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Friday, October 16th, 2015  8:00 p.m.

The Macomb Symphony Orchestra begins its 41st season with a salute and tribute to the great music of England. Join us and discover why no one does musical pageantry in quite the same extraordinary way as the British.

This unique MSO concert features the familiar Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar's remarkable tribute to his lifelong friends. Rounding out the evening's music is Vaughan Wiliiam's evocative The Lark Ascending, featuring violin soloist Marguerite Deslippe.



Motorcars, Merlot & Music

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It's a special fundraising event on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. to help support the Macomb Symphony Orchestra.
Don't miss our first-ever fund-raiser held at the spectacular Stahl's Auto Museum & Collection in Chesterfield. The museum is located at 56516 North Bay Drive, Chesterfield 48051. The museum will let you travel back in Automotive history on Route 66. Get a first hand look at America's love affair with the motor car on this interactive "road trip." Travel from Illinois to California, experiencing automotive history and engineering feats from all eras along the way. For more information on the museum please visit their website at or
The evening will include wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, performing artists from the orchestra, unique instruments, and a collection of rare and classic automobiles.
Tickets are $50.00 per person with 100% going to support the Macomb Symphony Orchestra. Tickets can be purchased by calling the symphony office at 586-286-2045 or 586-286-2089.
The event is being sponsored by Ernie's The Mediterranean Room located at 16655 19 Mile Rd. Clinton Township 48038 (586) 286-8435 and Achatz Handmade Pie Co. located at 30301 Commerce Blvd. Chesterfield 48051 (866) 960-9512.
Please join us to support the Macomb Symphony Orchestra and keep live Classical music in Macomb County.

Holidays at the Movies

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Sunday, December 13th, 2015  3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand - film maven and cinema expert Kevin Walsh offers insights and interpretations of great holiday films with their music. Indeed, some of our most cherished holiday songs and carols originally debuted in movie theaters. 

How about Irving Berlin's White Christmas, from 1942 movie Holiday Inn? And, of course the annual ritual of watching Jimmy Stewart in the film classic It's a Wonderful Life wouldn't be the same without the incredible musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin.


Masterpieces of the 18th Century

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Sunday, April 10th, 2016  3:00 p.m.

The color of the Baroque era meets the poise and tunefulness of the Classical period! This special performance by the "Macomb Chamber Orchestra" honors both Musical traditions in celebration of the 18th Century... a time when smaller ensembles began their evolution into the symphony orchestra.

J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #1 highlights many fine wind players from the MSO. Also on the "windy side," the Water Music by Handel gained favor with King George I of England. George II called upon Handel for coronation anthems, one of which was Zadok the Priest. The Macomb Chorale joins the orchestra for this stirring choral work.

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