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 porfessional 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 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.

Not on the subscription series are the essential Youth Education Concerts of Wednesday, February 21. Grade schoolers and seniors are introduced to great music and the symphony orchestra during the morning hours. Admission is only provided through the symphony office (586) 286-2045.

 In addition to our music making, the M.S.O. will present a fun filled evening at the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site on Thursday, November 9th. 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


Holiday at the Movies

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Sunday, December 10th, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand – great Christmas music with a media connection. Excerpts of memorable Hollywood movies and TV presentations will be shown on screen followed by the music played by the MSO. Our host, Professor Greg Sumner will provide interesting insights related to the production and history of the work, adding details often missed by the public.

Always a holiday favorite, portions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker  will be interpreted by the Macomb Ballet. 


Silent Auction

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The Macomb Symphony Orchestra will host its annual silent auction in conjunction with its "Holiday at the Movies," concert on December 10th, 2017. Please join the orchestra for great Christmas music with a media conncetion and shopping.The auction will take place before the concert and during intermission. 

 Join in the bidding on: Jewelry, Artwork, Gift Certificates, Gift Baskets, Golf and Boat outings......and much more......


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.