September 4, 2017, 6:00pm
Join the MDSO in paying tribute to your hard work with a program selected entirely by you! From the patriotic to the sentimental, from the musical theater stage to the dance floor, the entire family will enjoy this program of audience favorites. Come dream the dream with Fantine from Les Miserables, waltz along Strauss’s Blue Danube, and discover that even the hills of Decatur are alive with the Sound of Music!
September 23, 2017, 7:30pm
OPENING NIGHT: INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE
SAT SEP 23, 2017, 7:30 pm | KIRKLAND FINE ARTS CENTER
Tickets: $10, $15, $20
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 102, F Major
ILYA YAKUSHEV, piano
Guest artist supported by David and Norma Fathauer Symphonic Music Fund
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Ballet
September 27, 2017, 10:00am to 6:00pm
A day designated to exploring the music of Beethoven. Selected high school orchestras rehearse with Millikin string students and Millikin applied faculty, receive expert coaching on repertoire, sighreading, and All-State excerpts. The day culminates in a public performance of Coriolanus Overture, 2nd movement of Symphony 7, and Millikin applied faculty performing selected movements from Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major.
October 22, 2017, 2:00pm
November 4, 2017, 7:30pm
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” ushers in the holiday season with two collaborative performances from Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the MDSO Masterworks Series! Enjoy the immersive Christmas classic with 40 professional dancers, hand-selected area young dancers, a local children’s choir, and a full musical accompaniment from the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra! Tchaikovsky’s classic score narrates our audience through the “Miniature Overture”, “Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, and closes with Masha and the Nutcracker Prince dancing a grand pas de deux before the dream ends.
Ticket prices - $35/$45/$65
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult (Discount not available online)
December 10, 2017, 10:30am
The tradition continues! Join the Millikin Chamber Orchestra and members of the MDSO for caroling favorites, from Deck the Halls to God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman, featuring the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Audience singers are welcome for a special Hallelujah sing-along!
February 3, 2018, 7:30pm
CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE: YOUNG ARTISTS DEBUT!
In 18th-century Vienna, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was renowned for his prodigious talent as a composer and pianist. Many of Mozart’s works, especially his Turkish March, were pinnacles of compositional creativity and cosmopolitan culture. The grandeur of his final symphony, later nicknamed “Jupiter,” highlights the composer’s musical and emotional brilliance.
March 3, 2018, 7:30pm
Tickets: $10, $15, $20
Few composers have inspired greater fascination among audiences, musicians, and scholars than Ludwig van Beethoven. His nine symphonies, framed in this concert by the MDSO and the Millikin Union of Choirs, represent monumental artistic achievements for both the composer and the many musicians who continue to perform his works. Symphony No. 1, premiered in 1800, reveals deep roots to Beethoven’s compositional ambitions in the Viennese classicist styles of Mozart and Haydn.
May 10, 2018, 6:00pm
May 10, 2018 | Decatur Public Library, 6:00 p.m.
MUSIC FOR THE YOUNGEST OF SYMPHONY-GOERS
September 3, 2018, 6:00pm
Mon Sep 3, 2018, 6:00pm | Hickory Point Pavilion
Free and open to the public
Washington Post March
Selections from Carmen Suite
This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde
William Tell Overture
Time to Say Goodbye
South Pacific Suite
I Love a Piano
West Side Story Medley
Justin John Moniz, guest soloist