MISSION: To provide excellence in symphonic music, education, and outreach programs for the Midland community and beyond.
The Midland Symphony Orchestra consists of more than 70 professional musicians from across the state, and has provided the Great Lakes Bay Region with excellence in symphonic music since 1936. Its concert season, performed in the 1,500-seat Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium, features renowned guest artists, family programs and special events.
Past guest performers include Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Isbin, Edgar Meyer, Measha Brueggergosman, Time for Three, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, and many more who have contributed to the unique and challenging repertoire which defines the MSO.
Bohuslav Rattay, Music Director
In his third season with the MSO, Czech conductor and Music Director Bohuslav Rattay continues to bring a new style and flare to the podium, taking your classical music experience outside of the box. An enthusiastic promoter for classical music, Mr. Rattay strives to bring traditional and innovative programs together in a manner that’s exciting and fresh for his audience.
In addition to the MSO, Maestro Rattay serves as Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana. His overflowing passion for classical music is highly solicited, appearing as guest conductor with the Colorado Symphony, the Duluth-Superior Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, and the Teplice Philharmonic. Other recent engagements include the Virginia Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Prague’s Dvořák Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston (SC) Symphony, where he received several critical accolades. He has also conducted the National Symphony Orchestra as part of the National Conducting Institute and was selected by the League of American Orchestras to participate in its Conducting Fellowship Program. He has been a music faculty member of the College of William and Mary, Ball State University, and is a frequent guest conductor of All-State and youth orchestras across the United States. Mr. Rattay holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Rice University and the Peabody Institute of Music.
Bohuslav divides his time between the United States and Europe, always continuing his quest to find new ways to bring great music into the lives of people on both continents. Visit Bohuslav Rattay’s website.
The MSO is an incorporated member group of Midland Center for the Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and is a member of the League of American Orchestras.