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For nearly 75 years, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has offered high-quality musical programs to the Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD communities with the support of accomplished amateur musicians. The MSO offers four local concerts each season, all free of charge. Our concert programs draw from a diverse repertoire, enriching both audiences and our musicians alike.


Black Lives Matter

As we make music, we also build community.  Today, our community joins in mourning for George Floyd and too many other brothers and sisters who suffer unfairly from systemic racism.  Their lives matter.  Black lives matter.

It is because we love our country that we emphatically reassert what really makes it great: our collective aspiration for liberty and justice.  But we have fallen far short.  The legacies of slavery and violence rooted in racism did not disappear in 1865 or 1965 – or 2020.  

The struggle continues, in ways that scream out for action.  In the past, the MSO has welcomed diverse members, performed works by African-American composers and encouraged young minority musicians.   We will learn to do more to engage actively in that essential struggle.  

As an orchestra, we assemble for melody and harmony.  But far from exempting us from racial strife, this moment calls especially to us – as citizens and artists – to give voice to the long march for equity.  We will listen hard and work to answer that call.


Next Concert

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of 2019-2020 season has been canceled.

2020 Youth Concerto Competition

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2020 Youth Concerto Competition!

  • Nicole Fang playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, I. Allegro
  • Ivy Laing playing Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Piano, I. Allegro
  • Micheal Wang playing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie on Clarinet

Also an honorable mention for Hyungjoo Han playing Ibert’s Flute Concerto, III. Allegro Scherzando!

Since launching the youth concerto competition in 2016, the MSO has showcased ten winning soloists, providing an opportunity for musicians in middle and high school to perform with us at our annual concert. Because this year’s concert has been canceled, the MSO plans to feature our winning soloists throughout the 2020-2021 season.

Thank you for your support!

It is through the generous support of people like you that we are able to make our music-making and educational mission possible.

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2019-2020 Season

Deconstructing the Orchestra with Berlioz

October 27, 2019

Berlioz, Hungarian March
Higdon, Spirit
Berlioz, March to the Scaffold
Strauss, Serenade
Berlioz, Royal Hunt and Storm
Holst, St Paul’s Suite, mvmt 1 & 4
Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture


Sounds of the Season

December 15, 2019

Georges Bizet, L’Arlésienne: Carillion & Farandole
Gustav Holst, St. Paul’s Suite: Dargason
Calvin Custer, Hanukkah Festival Overture
Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride
Johann Strauss II, On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons: Winter
Blair Skinner, violin


Beethoven, Berlioz and Brahms

March 22, 2020 – CANCELED

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”
Berlioz, “Les nuits d’été”
Kate Jackman, mezzo-soprano
Brahms, “Hungarian Dances” Nos. 1, 3 & 10


Youth Concerto Competition Concert

June 21, 2020 – CANCELED

Beethoven, Egmont Overture
Solo performances by competition winners
Dvorak, Symphony 9 (“New World”)

News

Black Lives Matter

As we make music, we also build community.  Today, our community joins in mourning for George Floyd and too many other brothers and sisters who suffer unfairly from systemic racism.  Their lives matter.  Black lives matter. It is because we love our country that we emphatically reassert what really makes it great: our collective aspiration for liberty and …

2020 Youth Concerto Competition

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is now inviting entries to our Fifth Annual Youth Concerto Competition! Since launching its youth concerto competition in 2016, the MSO has showcased ten winning soloists, providing an opportunity to perform with us at our annual June concert. Entries are now being accepted for our fifth annual concerto competition and must be submitted by …