Conductor's Note

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"Your Neighborhood Orchestra"


The Macomb Symphony Orchestra has been serving the community in and around Macomb County for over four decades. If you have been with us, you know that we are a fully professional ensemble numbering 72 players that offers great music and great entertainment for your enjoyment and at a resonable price. We count on you, our neighbors and friends to serve as our "sounding board." We are not sponsored by either Macomb Community College or the Macomb Center. Without you, our audience, without contributors and advertisers, we would be a distinctly different orhcestra.

The 2018-19 season provides some pleasant surprises intended to enrich your life and that of the community. For starters, the annual concert of ethnic music presented in October will take place at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.  The Macomb Center, now 35 years old, is being "made over" this fall. By a most fortunate coincidence, Poland celebrates the 100th year of its independence in 2018. The annual Chopiniana concert will be expanded beyond the customary piano recital and provide a way for the MSO to contribute to this important anniversary. A gourmet meal concludes of festivities. There are only 460 seats available. Contact the MSO office or the Polish Cultural Center for tickets to the concert whether you remain for the dinner or just the music.

We are back home for the ever popular holiday concert. Our audience has come to anticipate the holiday movie themed concert with film clips that serve as the movie source. AND, yes we will perform highlights from the Nutcracker. The growing popularity of the "intimate orchestra," suitable for baroque music has many in our audience clamoring for Bach, Handel and the like. We'll conclude the season in April with "Shakespearean Inspiration" with music by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Not on the subscription series are the essential Youth Education Concerts of Wednesday, March 13. "Students from eight to eighty are introduced to great music and the symphony orhcestra during the morning hours. Admission is only provided through the symphony office (586) 286-2045.

Thomas Cook,
Music Director

Our Upcoming Concerts & Events


Roaring 20s Speakeasy

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Don't Miss this Second Annual Gala:
Macomb Symphony Orchestra's Roaring 20s Speakeasy Fundraising Event- Thursday October 18th, 2018 6:00 - 9:00pm
Our annual fund-raiser will be held at the spectacular Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township. The Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site is located at 49965 Van Dyke, north of 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township. 
There will be food and beverage tastings "beers and wines", live music provided by the "Speakeasy Seven,"  a tour of the Packard vehicles collection, a  optional costume contest, raffles and dances from the 20s by members of Argentine Tango Detriot.
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.
Please join us to support the Macomb Symphony Orchestra and keep live Classical music in Macomb County.


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Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Due to the renovation of the Macomb Center in the fall, the traditional October celebration of ethnicity will take place at the America-Polish Cultural Center at Dequindre and Maple (15 Mile Road.) Chopiniana has been the annual focus there for many years, but this year marks the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.

Beginning at 3:00pm, the Macomb Symphony will offer a concert of Chopin's music as arranged for orchestra in a suite entitled Les Sylphides. Following the orchestra's lead, virtuoso pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski will then present a recital of the music of the "Poet of the Piano"- Chopin.

The afternoon concludes with a marvelous dinner of Polish delicacies where all can indulge in the fine food and fostering friendships.

There are two options to consider before taking part: the two concerts alone for a $25 ticket OR the concerts and the evening meal for a cost of $50. General admission tickets are not available at the Macomb Center. You may obtain your tickets directly from the Macomb Symphony by calling (586) 286-2045 or from the Polish Center now through October. There are only about 450 seats available, so make your plans now! Once seats are filled, there will be no more room for more.


The Magic of the Holidays

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Sunday, December 9th, 2018  3:00 p.m.

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Knowledge, insightful and entertaining are compliments we have heard when speaking of U. of D. Professor, Gregory Sumner, our resident movie maven. The holiday concert has assumed a theatrical atmosphere with the input from Greg, who has become "a movie star" himself since last season by being included in a documentary about Detriot.

Great movies without great musical scores are hard to imagine. Professor Sumner sets the stage for us by explaining the plot and history of a number of holiday movies, and then famous portions are projected over the orchestra. The MSO concludes each portion by playing "live" the music that helped make the movie great. There will be some old classics like White Christmas and The Christmas song (Chestnuts) as well as some more contemporary examples like Home Alone and Polar Express. There are classics that have become well known despite the movie being forgetten.These include the Parade of the Wooden Soliders and Carol of the Drum.


Gopher Baroque

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019  3:00 p.m.

The annual concert of "early music" is always anticipated by our audience. The smaller sized orchestra offers an intimate listening experience not to be heard with the full symphony orchestra. If the names of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi whet your appetite, you'll find it here. This late winter concert will dispel whatever "Mother Nature" has to throw at us!

The highlight of this performance is sure to be a cantata (vocal piece) by J.S. Bach. He is known to have written almost 220 of them. Most are intended for the church, but not the Coffee Cantata, an entertainment that comes as close to being a mini-opera as Bach ever got. Soprano Claire Toupin and baritone Ronald Hirchberger will serve as father and daughter in this humorous exploration of generational differences of opinion.

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