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


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.


It's in the Water

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 Friday, May 20th, 2016  8:00 p.m.
its in the water

 Movement as fluid as the tides of the ocean or ripples ina puddle... water, in all its forms, has inspired composer for centuries.

We'll start this sampling of watery works with "The Big Muddy," which musically represents the separation of our great country, east from west. Ferde Grofe's Mississippi Suite presents four pictures of life on the river with great charm and a splash of Americana.

Meanwhile, abroad there are more picturesque rivers and lakes to provide musical inspiration. The Moldau is a favorite tone poem by Bedrich Smetana, whose wonder-filled melodies help us imagine events on the mighty river.