October 20, 2011

Free Rattanovy Tickets?!

Muncie Symphony Orchestra folks are answering phones for
the Indiana Public Radio pledge drive
from noon until 2 p.m. today.

If you would like to be entered in a drawing for two free tickets to the first Rattanovy Series Concert
and a pre-concert dinner at Vera Mae's Bistro, call the station! 

Phone number is 1-800-646-1812

Mention you read this on our blog when you pledge,
and you may have a compliemntary ticket to the Holiday Concert.

Check out the Rattanovy Concert in the UPCOMING EVENTS .

October 18, 2011

MSO's Opening Season Concert a Sell Out . . . . . . . . . **Don't Miss the Remaining Season Concerts**

600 very happy people enjoyed the Muncie Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert last Saturday night, the 15th of October.  

If you were among them bring your ticket to the MSO office for credit toward a full season of music.  MSO will apply your ticket price toward Season Tickets to the three remaining concerts of the
 2011-2012 Season under the baton of Bohuslav Rattay:

Always popular, the Holiday Concert on December 3rd at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium has the highest attendance of the concert season.  

Come back to Sursa Hall for a breath-taking experience when Anna Vayman performs Shostakovich's first Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.  The intimacy and acoustics of Sursa Hall  make for an extraordinary musical experience. Romantic Hero
is March 31st at 7:30 p.m.

Shostakovich      Violin Concerto No.1 in a minor, op.77 (99)
                           Anna Vayman, violin

Beethoven           Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major,  op. 55 (Eroica)

A Swashbuckling Adventure! MSO's Season Finale is your first chance to hear the World Premiere of composer Jody Nagle's "From Days of Yore." The concerto for flute and orchestra features Mihoko Watanabe, MSO's principal flute. Listen to a short clip of "From Days of Yore" here

Nagle                    From Days of Yore                      World Premiere
 Mihoko Watanabe, flute

Shostakovich         Symphony No.5 in d minor, op. 47

MSO  office  ~ 765.285.5531~ Ball State University ~ 2000 University Ave. AC-112

October 14, 2011

Music Forever

By: Cindee M. Cox

In music composition, the notes begin in the composer’s heart and end on the musical staff. A rhythm is born, carrying the melody to far reaching places and hopefully into the hearts of others.
The beauty of music is that it may be shared from one friend to another, from teacher to student, or generation to generation.
Music is a gift that is forever received.
David and Mary Jane Sursa have given the Muncie community this extraordinary gift—music forever.
In 1949, the Sursas were asked to be a part of a musical legacy: the composition of a symphony orchestra.
The Sursa family began a 63 year investment that included commitments such as hiring a babysitter for the musicians, baking cookies, selling tickets, taking tickets at the concerts, planning concerts, and managing the orchestra’s finances. After years of hard work, the Sursas and other founders of the symphony were well into this successful composition of a musical orchestra.
The Sursa’s legacy began with commitment and dedication. Just as musical compositions have a peak, so did the Sursa’s legacy of support. In 2004, David and Mary Jane Sursa were named benefactors of Sursa Hall, the cornerstone of the music instruction building at Ball State University.
In the early days of construction of the performance hall, it was expected that it would eventually house a pipe organ, but there was no donor and no specific plan for an instrument.
The Sursas decided that they would be benefactors for a pipe organ so that University musicians would have a place to practice and perform organ on campus for the first time in the University’s history.
Mary Jane Sursa recently recalled the conversation she had with her husband:
We had been there for the groundbreaking of Sursa Hall before there were plans for an organ. We took tours regularly. David’s mind was always working. He wanted to be sure there was an organ in the hall. One morning David said, “I was thinking about this last night. I’ve got it figured out. We’re going to do the organ.” So we had a meeting: David, Ann (Sursa Carney), and I, Bob Kvam, and Kirby Koriath. There was still time to make the necessary alterations to the south side of the building, to decide on an organ builder, and to design an instrument. It was David’s vision that brought all this about. He had a great vision.
You see the students at Ball State. When they practiced their organ music and had recitals, they used to go to local churches. Now they can do all that on campus. And the community benefits from the instrument as well.
--Mary Jane Sursa
The Sursas had a great vision. They’ve made music a gift that will forever be received from teachers to students and from generation to generation. 
Please join the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and organist Ann Sursa Carney for the first ever performance of the Symphony with organ, in “Sursa at Sursa.” The performance is on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Emens box office.

October 2, 2011

All About the New Season

Choices! is the word for 2011-2012

Four Concert Series

Classical Series
The MSO you know.  Three Classical concerts and the Holiday Concert

    15             Sursa at Sursa                             Classical Series             Tickets
                    Ann Carney Sursa, Organ              7:30 p.m.
                                                                      Sursa Hall

December      Fisher-Shafer Holiday Concert      Classical Series               Tickets
       3            Special Guests                           4:00 p.m.
                                                                    Emens Auditorium  

   31             Romantic Hero!                        Classical Series                Tickets
                    Anna Vayman, violin                 7:30 p.m.
                                                                 Sursa Hall          
28           A Swashbuckling Adventure         Classical Series                  Tickets
                  Mihoko Watanabe, flute               7:30 p.m.
                  Jody Nagle, composer                 Emens Auditorium                       
                     World Premiere

Rattanovy Series
The MSO you don't want to miss.  Two Chamber concerts in unusual venues.

     19           Baby You Can Drive My Car!         Rattanovy Series              Tickets
                                                                     9:00 p.m.            Emens B.O. 765-285-1539
                                                                     Toyota Scion of Muncie  
    7            Ono Oboe                                 Rattanovy Series               Tickets
                                                                 9:00 p.m.                      Emens B.O. 285-1539
                                                                 Muncie Power Products Pershing Warehouse

Community Series
The MSO Free events.  Outdoor concerts family, fun, food.

    9           Festival on the Green                 Family Fun Series              Free/not ticketed
                 Guest Artists                            5:30 p.m.
                  MSO                                       7:30 p.m.
                                                               BSU Arts Terrace Lawn
  22       Picnic and Pops!                       Family Fun Series            Free/not ticketed
                 Guest Artists                            5:30 p.m.
                 MSO                                       7:30 p.m.
                                                               Lawn at Minnetrista      

Educational Series

MSO Young Peoples' Concert
This concert is not scheduled due to lack of funding.
Click here to read about the Spring 2011 Young Peoples' Concert

Music on the Move!
Graduate String Quartet visits schools and day care centers   Schedule  765.285.5531
Click here for more about last year's program.

Young Artist Competition

     14           Young Artist Competition           Education Series            Free/reservations
                     Application                              2:00 p.m.                      765-285-5531
                                                                  Sursa Hall                     e-mail MSO

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