November 29, 2012

Start Your Holiday Celebrations with MSO's Holiday Show

There is no better experience to start the season than with the sightssounds,  scents, textures and flavors  of the Holidays!
The MSO Holiday Show will have it all this coming Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium.
Enjoy  the Ball State University holiday decorations of  as you approach Emens Auditorium.  Once inside the warmth of the season will embrace you with the festive decorations of Emens Lobby.  Family and individual portraits are offered courtesy of Murray's Jewelers before the concert.  Give us your happy holiday smiles then download the free portrait from
The concert offers an fun, eclectic mix of music and performers from high energy singing by the Ball State University Glee Club and dancing of the Nutcracker by the Ball State Dancers to an  intimate duet "Baby It's Cold Outside", to Anderson's "Suite of Carols" featuring the brass, strings and woodwinds of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
Baby It's Cold Outside
Holidays are rich with flavors, too!  So, come to the Williams Lounge during
intermission and taste yummy cookies and lemonade.
Santa will be in Emens Lobby at intermission with candy canes for the children.
March of the Toys
 Imagine yourself a in the "March of the Toys" at the MSO Instrument Petting Zoo.
You can play instruments in Emens Lobby before the concert and at intermission.
The Little Drummer Boy

And no holiday is complete without Carols!

Charlie Brown's Christmas

Join Andrew Crow, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Ball State Dancers and Ball State
University Singers Glee Club on Saturday, December 1st at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium to
kick off the Holidays.
Andrew Crow, guest conductor
Tickets are available at Emens Box Office and Ticketmaster.  Children K-12 and younger are admitted free.
Muncie Symphony is on
To listen to the Holiday Concert Playlist (a collection of tunes on the Holiday program) on Spotify, type "spotify:user:munciesymphony" in the spotify app search box. You can download the spotify app here.

November 21, 2012

Friends of The Orchestra at Westminster Village

Westminster Village      5801 West Bethel Avenue     Muncie, IN 47304
The premier season of the Friends of MSO Westminster Concert Series was a big success!
Many enjoyed the weekday respite with a wonderful variety of performers and programs.
You don't want to miss the second season! 
Season ScheduleFriends of MSO at Westminster Village
Monday, November 26, 2012Mavis Hiesh, soprano
Tom Schwartz, tenor
Armida Avanesova, pianist
Wednesday, January 9, 2013Serenade String Quartet
David Blakley, violin
Adele Maxfield, violin
Beverly Scott, viola
Anna Thompson-Danilova, cello
February 2013     Date and Time to be announcedOutreach Brass Quintet
 Wednesday, March 20, 2013Piano students of Liz Seidel, Piano Forte
The opening concert is Monday, November 26, 2012.
~Movie, Musical and Classical Tunes Kaleidoscope~
It is a perfect opportunity to recover from the Thanksgiving festivities and early Holiday shopping.
Come as you are. No ticket or reservation required.
Concert Program 
Burton Lane                                Old Devil Moon from Musical “Finian’s Rainbow
                                                               Tom Schwartz, tenor 

James Horner                             Somewhere Out There from Movie “An American Tail
                                                             Mavis Hsieh, soprano   
                                                             Tom Schwartz, baritone 

Hugo  Peretti/Luigi Creatore    Can’t Help Falling Love from Movie “Blue Hawaii
George D. Weiss                                 Mavis Hsieh, soprano   
                                                                Tom Schwartz, tenor 

Anonymous                                 Shenandoah
                                                              Tom Schwartz, baritone 

Aaron Copland/Lowry             Shall We Gather at the River?
                                                               Tom Schwartz, tenor 

Milan Dvorak                               Etude No. 6
                                                               Armida Avanesova, piano

Fibich                                            Poem
                                                              Armida Avanesova, piano

Sasko                                            Blues
                                                             Armida Avanesova, piano

Warren                                         Chattanooga Choo Choo
                                                            Armida Avanesova, piano

Roger Quilter                               Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
                                                              Mavis Hsieh, sporano 

F. P. Tosti                                     A Vucchella
F. P. Tosti                                     Malia
                                                             Mavis Hsieh, soprano 

Carl Nielson                                I Bear With A Smile My Burden (Danish Folk Song)

Alan J. Prater                            God of the Sparrow
                                                           Mavis Hsieh, soprano

                                                          Tom Schwartz, tenor 

Mavis Hsieh, soprano
        Mavis Hsieh, soprano    Winner of several vocal competitions, Miss Hsieh also has many performing experiences in Taiwan, U.S.A. and Italy. She was heard as Rosalinde in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Other roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the first witch in Dido and Aneas. Her vocal education includes bachelor degree from National Taiwan Normal University and master degree from Ball State University.

Tom Schwartz, tenor

 Tom Schwartz, tenor     Tom holds a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University and a Master of Arts from University of Pittsburgh. His professional career spanned 40 years teaching German in the Unites States and in Germany.  Tom's musical experience includes opera, musicals and choral work.  Currently he sings with the First Presbyterian Church choir.  Tom delights in spending time with his two married children, a son and daughter who are each married to Australians!  His other pursuits are gardening, photography, reading and of course, singing. Tom recently joined the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and has been actively involved with MSO events and programs.


        Armida Avanesova, pianist      Armida holds bachelor of Engineering degree from petrochemichal college and bachelor’s in Music Education from Music College in Baku, Azerbaijan. She started her career as an engineer and worked for a construction design company for 7 years but switched fields to follow her passion -music, which has become her career. Armida has been teaching music (piano) for 34 years in a public music school in Moscow region, Russia. Her favorite music style is classic jazz. She enjoys traveling and loves spending time with her two grandchildren.

November 16, 2012

Music IS Language ~ Come HEAR for yourself!

Language has been around for millenniums, and it is more than
the sound produced by human vocal folds.
Language is communication in many forms. Some language has no sound.
Morse Code


body Language

Music is language, too.
Using rhythm, tempo, and volume music can express or evoke any emotion,
create pictures, convey stories,
 change moods, and stimulate imagination and creativity.

It's very simply accomplished, really.
This Saturday, November 17
the Muncie Symphony String Quartet
will give FREE interactive performance presentations
demonstrating how music is language.
You can catch us at the Maring-Hunt branch of the Muncie Public Library at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Then try your hand (or mouth) at musical language yourself.
After each presentation, string and wind instruments are 
available for you to make music-
or at least make sounds!  Music students from Ball State University will be there to 
help you coax as much from each instrument as you can.

Music on the Move's Music is Language is presented by Muncie Symphony Orchestra
in partnership with Ball State University School of Music as part of MSO's education and outreach initiatives.
We could not do this without generous support from these businesses:

October 17, 2012

Downtown Promenade ~ Dinner & Jazz

Remember when going to town for dinner and a live show was a much anticipated special event?
Can't make it to Chicago or New York this Saturday?
No worries because Muncie Symphony has just such an evening planned for this Saturday night!

Dinner and Jazz with friends? It's the perfect end to a warm autumn day.

Begin your evening with dinner at Vera Mae's Bistro with fellow music lovers. Reservations available the Muncie Symphony (285-5531), but call by Wednesday afternoon 17th October.

Dinner menu:
Oyster appetizer
Pea soup
Duck Wellington
Cream pie
Patterson Block Patterson Block
102 South Walnut Street
Muncie, Indiana

Just an easy walk across the street from Vera Mae's to the

Ivy Tech Patterson Block

you will enjoy the Mark Buselli Quintet in the top floor ballroom as they present a jazz program of
Contrasting Styles
A look at two of the greatest Jazz composers of the 20th Century:
Duke Ellington – Antonio Carlos Jobim
1)      It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing – Ellington
2)      Wave – Jobim
3)      I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart – Ellington
4)      Desifinado – Jobim
5)      Jeeps Blues – Ellington
6)      Corcavado – Jobim
7)      Satin Doll – Ellington
8)      Triste – Jobim
9)      Mood Indigo – Ellington
10)  The Girl From Ipanema – Jobim
11)  Take The  Train – Strayhorn/Ellington

Mark Buselli Quintet
Mark Buselli – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Brent Wallarab – Trombone
Scott Routenberg – Piano
Frank Smith – Bass
Greg Artry – Drums

Do you want to be there?
Concert tickets are available at the door.
For advance tickets call Muncie Symphony (765-285-5531) by 4:30 pm Friday. 
Combination tickets - $55.00 ($25 dinner/cash bar + $30 concert)
Concert tickets without dinner - $30.00 per person.
Ball State University & Ivy Tech Community College student tickets - $15.00 with ID

August 21, 2012

Pop Over for Picnic and Pops!

Summer outdoor concerts are a dime a dozen.  Well, not literally.  Admission prices in the three-state area begin at $15 (Lexington) and go up . . . Symphony on the Prairie ($22), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ($25) to name a couple.
NOT IN MUNCIE!!  Bring the whole family, share a picnic, dance on the lawn, gaze at the clouds (no rain please!); sip a refreshing, favorite beverage.  It’s all about one last summer celebration before winding down for the school year.
Enjoy the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s
at the Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista
Wednesday 22nd August @ 7pm
Can’t make it to the whole concert?  That’s okay! Come when you can, leave when you must.
Now what you have been waiting for….What are you going to hear?
Richard Sowers, now in his 22nd season music director/conductor Anderson Symphony Orchestra, will direct the MSO in an eclectic mix of old and newer favorites.  There is something for everyone.
The concert opens with the Overture from Die Fledermaus
Followed by music from Carmen
Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet
4.    Les dragons d’Alcala
Highlights from Wicked – Schwarts/Rickets
 When I Fall in Love – Selden/Custer
Duke Ellington! – arr. Custer
Beach Boys Medley – arr. Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean – Badelt/Rickets
 America the Beautiful – Bates/Reed
Stars and Stripes – Sousa
Help your community & enjoy the MSO Holiday Concert
Food items will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
Bring 10 non-perishable food items and receive 1 free ticket to the MSO Holiday concert!
 Anyone who brings at least 1 non-perishable food item to the MSO’s Picnic & Pops concert at Minnetrista will have a chance to be entered into a raffle to win a family pack (4 tickets) for the MSO Holiday Concert in Dec.
Find MSO and this event on facebook .
The event is brought to you by:
George and Frances Ball Foundation

June 2, 2012

Festival on the Green! Come! Have Some Fun!

Festival on the Green 
June 9th on the Ball State University Arts Terrace 

Come for the 
Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund 
Muncie Symphony Orchestra Concert  
7:00 p.m. on the Arts Terrace Lawn

Let's Go to the Movies. . . . . 

Snow White Fantasy (Churchill)

The program is packed with familiar tunes from these well-loved movies.  Can you guess which movies these songs are from?

Over The Rainbow (Arlen)

Festival Atmosphere! It's fun and it's free.
Come and add to the festival atmosphere-bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic, and friends. Soak up the sun, peruse the picnic contest picnics, wander through the MAAC Arts Fair. 
Vote for your favorite picnic!

March of the Winkies (Stothart)

Enter your picnic. Make your own fun AND win some very cool prizes.

A Whole New World (Menken)

Picnic theme is The Movies! 
Plan your picnic around a movies theme-any movie you choose.  Have a great time planning your picnic.  Go whole hog or keep it simple. Create as much as you want to: tablescape, menu, costumes, decorate the space??

 Sunrise, Sunset (Block/Harnick)

Prizes will be given for the 
Best Menu, Best Decorations 
and People's Choice.

Flower Drum Song  (Rodgers)

Register for free prizes to be awarded throughout the evening.

Children's March (Rodgers & Hammerstein) 

Bugler's Holiday (Anderson)

Mary Poppins Highlights (Shermann)

Gooch's Song (Hermann

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Armed Forces Salute (Lowden)
We hope you enjoy the show!

For more information go to the MSO website.