Each year, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra produces eighteen full orchestra concerts in the Saenger Theatre for an audience of nearly 32,000 patrons per year. Highlights of the current season (2011-12) include: Opening Night! featuring Scott Speck conducting Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances; the return of Cirque de la Symphonie which sold out when last performed in Mobile; pianist Awadagin Pratt performing Beethoven’s monumental Emperor Concerto; Beyond the Score – a concert format pioneered by the Chicago Symphony featuring an in-depth, multi-media inquiry into Dvorak’s New World Symphony; the return of the popular Celtic group Mithril; and Carl Orff’s dazzling Carmina Burana. The season will conclude with Música de las Americas – a panoramic musical survey of all of the cultures of all of the Americas, showcasing bandoneónist Hector del Curto.
Mobile Symphony’s Education Programs touch over 10,000 young people from first grade through adults. The range of programs includes the Preludes general music program, Strings Classes for 3rd-8th grades, Symphonette and String Academy, Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bay Area Strings Community Orchestra, and the Take Note concert lectures. Additionally, Mobile Symphony is committed to making classical music accessible to all of the people of Southern Alabama through run-out concerts to rural areas in Monroe, Clarke and Washington counties and bus service to regular season concerts from Baldwin County and West Mobile; as well as discounted and free ticket programs for students.
Mobile Symphony has continued to be an established cultural resource in southern Alabama, providing some of the best live symphonic performances and music education programs in the South. Through innovation in customer service and programming MSO is responding to the needs of our patrons. The orchestra depends on funding from diverse sources to enable it to continue to expand it's mission to bring the highest quality live symphonic performance and educational programs to people of all ages in southern Alabama.