November 28, 2011

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Dec 3 4 pm, Emens

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra will present the annual Fisher-Shafer Holiday Concert in Emens Auditorium on December 3 at 4 pm.
The concert, a long-time Muncie tradition will include music by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, special vocal performances from students in area schools and a thrilling surprise production that will delight concertgoers.  
The Holiday Concert is a sampling of everything the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has to offer, including classical repertoire and traditional holiday favorites.  
Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” op. 96 will be showcased as a fanfare of instruments spotlighted by distinct melodic representations from brass, wind and strings to a lyrical presentation of horn and cello.  
Other classical pieces will include Haydn’s “Symphony no. 26” and Liszt’s “Hungarian Fantasy,” performed by the 2011 Muncie Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition senior division winner Louisa Steup.
A sparkling presentation of the “Finnegan Sing-Along” will be sung by local Muncie Community School children.
Holiday favorites such as “Lightsongs: A Chanukah Melody,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Jingle Bells Forever” will ring in the holiday season as concertgoers will be invited to sing along as part of the 63-year-old Holiday Concert tradition.
As concert patrons enter the lobby of Emens, a pre-concert benefit will be the opportunity to take advantage of free family portraits, courtesy of Murray’s Jewelers.  Portraits will be made before the concert, and then offered online as a free image download.
An additional concert feature will be the continued support of the Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Concert Food Drive.  Concertgoers are asked to bring any non-perishable food items or make monetary donations in the lobby of Emens Auditorium before the concert.  
Old National Bank has partnered with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for the food collection and a special “donate-a-dollar” fundraiser.  From now until December 3,  all Old National Bank branches are accepting food and monetary donations.  Each dollar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank can feed six people a meal this holiday season.
Ticket Information
Tickets may be purchased at the Emens box office, on the campus of Ball State University from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday or online at
The Fisher-Shafer Holiday concert is made possible in part with funds provided by the Indiana Arts Commission, The Fisher and Shafer families, Old National Bank, Ivy Tech Community College, Westminster Village, Ball State University and Murray’s Jewelers.
About Muncie Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra is to stimulate, educate and entertain audiences in East Central Indiana and to provide a meaningful musical experience for professional, community and student musicians, through the performance of fine music and other activities.  Learn more at

This photograph was taken last year at the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert.  One of the many wonderful holiday traditions at the concert is the opportunity for concertgoers to receive a free holiday portrait.  Portraits will be offered before the concert begins.  Images will be offed online as a free download.  Purchase your Holiday Concert Ticket today and get a free family photograph!

November 21, 2011

Symphony Art Walk

4th Annual Symphony ArtWalk
                        for Food and Music

Thursday December 1st
5:00 to 9:00 pm

25% off purchases 

10% of proceeds donated to 
Muncie Symphony League

The Holidays Begin December 3rd ~ Celebrate with the MSO

November 15, 2011

Rattanovy Preview

You can preview pieces on the program of the November 19th Rattanovy concert by clicking the links in each movement of a piece or clicking on the link above the piece to listen to the album. The audio is on Spotify. You will need to register to hear the music.

Rattanovy Concert Series
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Baby You Can Drive My Car
Benjamin Britten – Britten: String Quartets No. 3 / Simple Symphony

"Simple Symphony"                     Benjamin Britten        

"Beatles Concerto Grosso No.4"       Peter Breiner
 II. Michelle
III. Goodnight     

There is no audio for this piece

"A Little ‘Beatles’ Suite"                 arr. Jody Nagel  
1. When I'm 64                                   (2005)
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Let it Be

November 10, 2011

Baby You Can Drive My Car!

If you love cars and driving as much as I do, visiting a car dealer showroom is an exhilarating experience!

The style, fit, and finish are there for everyone to admire.

Cars not only take you away physically, they stimulate your imagination, and carry you away in your dreams.

For me cars are all about performance.  
Pushing the limits of the car's abilities is a huge adrenaline rush.

 It's unknown.                        It's exciting. 

                         It's a little risky.                            

                 It. Is. Fun!  

Music is exciting, unknown, a little risky and fun, too. Come to Toyota of Muncie and enjoy music like you've never heard it before!
The first Rattanovy Series concert in the Toyota showroom  features music from
The Beatles to Britten*
Come for the style and push the limits of orchestral music at an     
        you will never forget.

The Muncie Symphony Rattanovy Series opens at 
Toyota and Scion of Munice 
3311 N Nebo Road
November 19th
9:00 p.m.

It's a late night concert with a Beatles theme.

*Peter Breiner’s award winning “Beatles Concerto Grosso IV” Baroque style includes the familiar tunes “Here Comes the Sun,” “Michelle, “Goodnight,” and “Carry That Load”  transcribed for string ensemble.

English composer Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony” is a work for a string orchestra written as a dedication to his childhood music teacher.  This four movement piece is considered one of his first masterpieces as an adult composer.  The most popular second movement “The Playful Pizzicato,” has a spirited melody and charming invention.

Paul McCartney songs “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Let It Be”  feature in an original composition by Jody Nagel.  

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Emens box office from 9 am to 6 pm 
Monday through Friday.

Performance is what it's all about! 

Feel the excitement.

Enjoy the style.

Have. Some. FUN.