Muncie Symphony Orchestra Begins 70th Season On Saturday

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Photo provided.The Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Photo provided.

By: Jennifer Johnson—

Muncie, Indiana—What do a bluegrass band, the music from Star Wars, and winners from an international violin competition have in common?  The Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s 70th Season!  Come celebrate the kickoff to Muncie Symphony’s 70th season this Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium.

Tickets for Youth (K-12) are just $5; Ball State student tickets are FREE in advance with student ID or $10 at the door and Adult Single Tickets start at $25. For tickets, contact the Emens Box Office at 765-285-1539 or visit

“We welcome the Muncie community to join us for our 70thseason, celebrating ‘The Art of Music’,” said Douglas Droste, MSO Artistic Director and Conductor.  “We will have something for everyone- traditional classical pieces, movie music, klezmer, bluegrass, and holiday music performed in venues all over our great city. A few highlights include the world premiere of the Klezmer Suite for Violin and Orchestra, a concert of all John Williams music, as well as a performance featuring the three medal winners of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.”

Saturday’s concert features the world premiere of Klezmer Violin Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra performed by the composer himself, Steven Greenman, and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3.   After intermission, concertgoers will experience Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition complete with visual art projected in Emens Auditorium during the performance.

At 6:30 p.m., join Douglas Droste and Steven Greenman for an engaging pre-concert talk about this first-time performance of the Klezmer Violin Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra. At intermission, refreshments will be offered in the George and Frances Ball Foundation Lobby.

The MSO’s 70th Season is made possible by the generosity of our community, including Muncie Power Products (Season Sponsor), Meridian Health Services (Presenting Title Concert Sponsor), and concert support provided by the George and Frances Ball Foundation. Season partnership and support are provided by Indiana Public Radio, WIPB, Indiana Arts Commission, and Ball State University.

About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1948 that strives to enrich quality of life in Muncie through live orchestral performances and education outreach. As an organization that celebrates the cultural vibrancy of East Central Indiana, the MSO presents classical and pops concerts, chamber concerts, and free community engagement programs, to cultivate enduring community partnerships.