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: