Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is a community-based orchestra made up of volunteer local and professional musicians from the Muscatine area as well as regional universities from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Muscatine Living

The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (MSO) invites you and your family to an afternoon of holiday favorites that will get you in the mood for the joyous season ahead. Following a long-standing tradition, organizers of this free concert encourage you to bring donations for local nonprofits.

The MSO will perform an eclectic blend of timeless classics and modern takes on them, offering a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your family and friends. The performance will include holiday favorites ranging from Leroy Anderson and Rimsky-Korsakov to Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

“I find myself in great anticipation for this concert every year,” said Maestro Brian Dollinger, who is currently in his sixteenth season conducting the MSO. “We have always had a lot of families at our evening performances of this concert, but with our earlier start time of 3:00 pm, I’m hoping we can pack the house!”

Local musicians, regional professional musicians, and students from the Muscatine High School Orchestra program will join the MSO for “Christmas with the Symphony.” One more very special visitor will also join the celebration. “We have been fortunate for many years to have a wonderful visitor from the North Pole grace our stage with holiday joy,” Dollinger said.

The performance will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, December 7th at the Muscatine Performing Arts Center (Central Middle School auditorium), 901 Cedar Street. With collection bins placed in the lobby, the Salvation Army of Muscatine County will accept non-perishable food items, and the Community Diaper Bank will accept diapers in a range of sizes. (For sizes needed at concert time, please refer to the Community Diaper Bank’s Facebook page.) Both organizations will also accept monetary donations.

The MSO’s 2019-20 season includes exciting collaborations with guest artists and musical programming that sparks the imagination or marks special anniversaries in history. A grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, provides support for the 2019-20 concert season.

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