Oct. 13, 2016

BLOG: “The Phantom Tollbooth” … by Cheryl & Larry Levy, directors

We were interested in directing the play version of The Phantom Tollbooth for several reasons. It is an extremely popular book, first published in the early 1960’s. It was written by Norton Juster, whose roommate at the time was Jules Feiffer, the famous writer and cartoonist, who agreed to illustrate Juster’s text. It has sold […]

Oct. 12, 2016

BLOG: The Journey of “The Brethren” … by Jeff Simmons, author & director

When I learned a chapter in Center Stage Theatre history would be closing when the 4-year running production of Grimstone’s Glory was put on hiatus, I was challenged to find a replacement that would fit the ambiance of the 1874 Bradley Home— where Grimstone had successfully been performed to sold-out “houses” throughout the years. As […]

Sep. 1, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: MSO “All About That Bass” feat. Edgar Meyer | 10/1/2016

Grammy® Award-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, known for his wide range of musical styles including bluegrass, classical and jazz, joins director Bohuslav Rattay and the Midland Symphony Orchestra to open its 81st concert season. As the most remarkable virtuoso in the history of the instrument, Meyer has collaborated with superstars like Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo […]

Mar. 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Storm Large joins MSO for “The Seven Deadly Sins” | 4/9/2016

The Midland Symphony Orchestra will take concertgoers on a musical journey to seven (secretly sinful) American cities when Director Bohuslav Rattay and the MSO present Storm Large accompanied by male quartet Hudson Shad singing Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins in the Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium, 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, MI, […]

Feb. 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: MSO Receives Grant from Midland 100 Club | 2/15/2016

Midland Symphony Orchestra recently received a generous donation from the Midland 100 Club in support of its 4th Grade Celebration Concert and Touring Ensemble programs with the Midland Public Schools. “This generous support will underwrite the 4th Grade Concert for an additional three years, as well as allow us to reinstate our Touring Ensemble program […]

Jan. 18, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: MSO’s “Scottish Fantasy” | 2/6/2016

The Midland Symphony Orchestra will take concertgoers on a musical journey from Scotland to the New World when Director Bohuslav Rattay and the MSO present Scottish Fantasy in the Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium, 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, MI, on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.  Concertmaster Takeshi Abo steps out […]

Nov. 9, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: MSO presents “The Nutcracker” Ballet | 12/4/15 – 12/6/15

Leap into the holiday season when Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company present “The Nutcracker.” From the creative minds behind “The Polar Express,” “Jumanji,” “Wicked” and “Sweeney Todd” comes a fresh – yet familiar – take on a holiday classic! Share the magic and rekindle the tradition as Michigan’s only professional ballet […]

Oct. 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Terri Trotter appointed MCFTA CEO

Midland Center for the Arts Board Chairman Bill Collins announces that Terri Trotter has accepted the position of President and CEO of Midland Center for the Arts, effective January 1, 2016. Ms. Trotter replaces Michael D. Hayes, who in April announced his intention to retire, having served as President and CEO since October 2010. An […]

PRESS RELEASE: MSO’s “Smooth as Glass” | 11/7/15

MIDLAND, MI – Pop and classical come together when the Midland Symphony Orchestra presents Smooth as Glass, featuring Rachmaninoff’s timeless classic Piano Concerto No. 3 and the work of American composer Philip Glass titled Symphony No. 4 “Heroes,” a beautiful adaptation of David Bowie’s 1977 album. “In a series of innovative recordings made in the […]

Sep. 14, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: MSO’s Opening Night with Chris Brubeck | 10/3/15

Get carried away with director Bohuslav Rattay and the MSO as they open their 80th concert season by welcoming to the stage GRAMMY®-nominated composer Chris Brubeck. Showing off his principal instrument with a concerto he wrote for bass trombone, Chris Brubeck joins the MSO to perform a jazz-inspired piece that packs a punch while paying […]