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


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.


Shakespearean Inspiration

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Friday, April 12th, 2019  8:00 p.m.

Great writers have always been a source of inspiration for composers, none more so than the "Bard." Some of the world's most beloved masterpieces have motivated musicians to "interpret" the plays and poems of Shakespeare.

Our season finale will give evidence of the connection by offering four works inspired by four plays. A concert should start with something to focus your attention. Debussy's King Lear Fanfare (Le Roi Lear) is just that. An overture follows, in this case Verdi's Macbeth.


Silent Auction

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The Macomb Symphony Orchestra will host its annual silent auction in conjunction with its "Shakespearean Inspiration," concert on April 12, 2019. Please join the orchestra for a great concert 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 Baseball outings......and much more......