Conductor's Note

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"Your Neighborhood Orchestra"


Great performances, great music and great times at 43!

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 resaonable cost. We count on you, our neighbors and friends to seve 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 orchetra.

The Macomb Symphony Orchestra wishes to thank the DTE Energy Foundation for its generous grant which will help support the arts and arts education as expressed by the sponsorship of our March and April 2018 concerts.


The 2017-2018 season promises more enrichment while having a great time. The October concert features German music, in part, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, begun in Germany in 1517. The ever popular holilday concert will highlight the Macomb Ballet in portions of  The Nutcracker. The growing popularity of the "intimate orchestra," suitable for baroque music has many in our audience clamoring for Bach, Vivaldi and the like. We'll conclude the season in April with "Just for a Laugh," without humor, would we be truly human? In addition to Mozart's take on humor, we will provide insights into the typical shenanigans that happen at a typical rehearsal with many smiles. Film Nino Rotta created it and we'll play it.

Enjoy the music!

Thomas Cook,
Music Director

Our Upcoming Concerts & Events


Youth Education Concerts

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The Macomb Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce another in our series of Youth Concerts to be presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (at M-59 and Garfield in Clinton Township) on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.

There will again be two performances – at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Each performance lasts about 50 minutes, and the cost per student is only $3.00 with one complimentary seat for an accompanying adult for every 10 student seats purchased. We are targeting students, preschool to 8th grade, and will include a presenation about the orchestra, the instruments and the music. In a future mailing we will send you information about the music and a tentative program, so you can prepare your students.

Mark your calendar today, and make the necessary requests for transportation as soon as possible, so that your students can participate and benefit from this very special opportunity to attend a “live” professional symphony orchestra performance in the ideal setting of the Macomb Center.

Here is a video clip of the 2012 Youth Concert:

Please help a child attend the Youth Education Concert on February 21st, 2018 by donating to the Send A Child To The Symphony fund.

You can find more information about this wonderful fund by visiting the Send A Child To The Symphony page. (Click Here)

Please direct any questions to our office at 586-286-2045 or call the Youth Education Concert Coordinator Michele Demski directly at (248) 709-8835. You can also email Michele at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The Baroque Experience

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Sunday, March 18th, 2018  3:00 p.m.

harpsichord-double2The popularity of the early music prompts us to invite you again to hear the genius of  17th and early 18th century creativity  Music of the court and of the church dominated this period, but we will let you indulge as though you’re royalty!

If you have ever heard the Adagio by Albinoni you will never forget it! It possesses one of those melodies that sticks with you. Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in G is often known as the Concerto alla Rustica  for its use of a scale often found in folk music of the period.

It’s a concerto for the whole orchestra, not for individual soloists.


Just for a Laugh

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Friday, April 20th, 2018 8:00 p.m.

Image result for Laughing Clip ArtWe’ll have real fun at the season finale. Humor is what keeps us human, maybe what keeps us sane!  This concert will put a smile on your face and maybe a giggle in your throat.  Mozart has left us with A Musical Joke, his take on what untrained village musicians might play. 

 Overflowing with wit and high spirits is Ibert’s Divertissement (a diversion). Incorporated in its six movements is a”wrong note” waltz, a miniature comic opera overture and a furious parade and march.