press release: midland symphony orchestra’s “reflections on the Mississippi” feat. mark cox, tuba | 11/3/2018

Oct. 15, 2018

MIDLAND, Mich. – Midland Symphony Orchestra’s principal tuba, Dr. Mark S. Cox, takes center stage to perform one of only a few compositions written for solo tuba and orchestra when the MSO presents Reflections on the Mississippi. Opening the concert, local high school orchestral students join the orchestra on stage in a “side-by-side” performance of Brahms’ dark and moody Tragic Overture. Accepted by audition, these are some of the region’s most promising young instrumental students. The evening closes with another enduring work by Brahms: his lush and beautiful second symphony.


Brahms Tragic Overture
Michael Daugherty Reflections on the Mississippi
Brahms Symphony No. 2

Midland Symphony Orchestra’s Reflections on the Mississippi takes place Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. Saint Andrews Road. Tickets are $43 and $34 plus fees for adults; $15 plus fees for students. Buy online at, stop by the Center Ticket Office or call 800-523-7649. Concert is sponsored by Olin. Season media partner: WCMU Public Media.


Dr. Mark S. Cox, professor of tuba and euphonium at Central Michigan University, holds the bachelor of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a master of music degree in performance from Northwestern University. While attending the Eastman School of Music, he received the prestigious performer’s certificate in tuba. Dr. Cox has performed with numerous professional organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (N.Y.), Midland (Michigan), and Penfield (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestras principal tubist. He has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music; State University of New York at Geneseo; Roberts Wesleyan College; and Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.). In the summer, Dr. Cox currently teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy as tuba instructor for the Michigan Allstate Band program; and the CMU Summer Band Camp as Low Brass Instructor. He has held the position of tuba and euphonium instructor at the New England Music Camp, a summer music institute in Maine for talented high school musicians. Dr. Cox is a board member (Music Coordinator and Web Designer) and is a regular adjudicator for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition. He is also member of I.T.E.A. and the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

His teachers have included Cherry Beauregard, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Eastman School of Music, principal tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic and tubist with Eastman Brass Quintet; Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and breathing guru; Ronald Bishop, principal tubist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Rex Conner, professor of tuba at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and instructor of tuba and euphonium at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan; and Roger Bobo, international recording artist and principal tubist with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Cox has performed in most of the major concert halls in the United States, Germany, and Japan and has performed with numerous international performers including: trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker; saxophonists Branford Marsalis and John Herle; flutist James Galway; pianists Shura Cherkaski and Jeffrey Jacob; trombonist J.J. Johnson; and drummer Max Roach. Recordings on which Dr. Cox can be heard include: Carnaval (CBS Masterworks) with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble; Pied Piper Fantasy (Sony)with James Galway and the Eastman Philharmonia; Live in Osaka (Sony) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; Chorale Works of Anton Bruckner with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale; and Magnetic Fireflies (White Pines Music). Dr. Cox gives seminars on teaching, performing, and offers his popular seminar, “Proper Breathing Techniques for Musicians,” throughout the United States. Dr. Cox’s students are active throughout Michigan and the US, both as public school teachers and professional performers. His former students have won the Yamaha Young Artists Competition; placed in the artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition; are members of Pershing’s Own, the top US Army Band; Atlanta Symphony; and have had numerous solo performances around the nation.

Mark Cox is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Bohuslav Rattay, Midland Symphony Orchestra Music Director

Czech conductor Bohuslav Rattay is a busy ambassador for classical music, working with orchestras across the globe to produce symphonic works of all kinds to a diverse audience. As he gains a reputation as one of the finest young talents of his generation, Mr. Rattay combines impassioned and virtuosic musicianship with a determination to bring great music into the lives of all people. In addition to the Midland Symphony Orchestra, he is Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

An enthusiastic promoter for classical music, Mr. Rattay strives to bring the traditional and innovative together in a manner exciting and fresh for his audience. He is renowned for his unique concert programs, incorporating special audience discussions and including multi-media elements. He is internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his fresh and inspired musical interpretations. He has received accolades for his “vibrant” performances and his “elegant panache” (Charleston City Paper, 2009), his ability to lead the orchestra with his “infectious zest and physicality” (Midland Daily News 2013), and his one-of-a-kind artistry, bringing “personal perspective … that will be remembered for many years” (Duluth News Tribune, 2012).

His overflowing passion for classical music is highly solicited, recently 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 American Symphony Orchestra League 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. He names Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Benjamin Kamins, and Neeme Jarvi as his most influential teachers.

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.