2015-2016 - Our 58th Season

Comfort. Memories. Contentment. Joy!

Photo ©2015 Roger J. Wyan Photography

Merced Symphony brings momentous music to our communities
and music education to our children.
Please join us for our 2015-2016 Season--our 58th year!


2015-2016 Season Information
Subscribe today to reserve access to our 2015-2016 concert season!
From the continuation of our Brahms Cycle, our Pops Concert, the Tango Four Seasons and concluding with the powerful Carmina Burana– this is a series and a season not to miss!
Subscribers and donors receive special discounts, and access to exclusive events through the year.

Season Opening Concert
Auspicious Beginnings

Saturday, September 19, 2015 ~ 7:30pm
Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced

Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
Gioachino Rossini
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K466
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
Johannes Brahms

The Merced Symphony’s season starts off with one of the greatest symphonies ever composed, the Symphony No. 1 in C Minor of Johannes Brahms. Brahms delayed writing his first symphony until he was 40 years old so that he could fully express his musical voice - come hear the masterwork he composed. Come join us for a spectacular start to the season along with an electrifying Rossini overture and a brilliant Mozart piano concerto featuring soloist Jeff LaDeur.

Tickets: Adults $39/Student $14
209-381-0500 or online

Sonic Landscapes
Eight Seasons

Friday, November 20, 2015 ~ 7:30pm
Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced

Four Seasons, Op. 8
Antonio Vivaldi
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Ástor Piazzolla/Leonid Desyatnikov

The Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi wrote more than five hundred concerti and none more famous than the Le quattro stagioni, The Four Seasons. An incredibly inventive set of concertos, the Four Seasons paint a sonic landscape of the various times of year. From the crystalline violin bow strokes of icy winter to the warm summer tremolo thunderstorms, these works remain as fresh as the day they were composed. The great tango composer Ástor Piazzolla created his own set of seasons from the opposite hemisphere. The result is a spectacular combination of fiery melodies, quotes from Vivaldi’s concerti, and a tango flair that won’t be forgotten!

Tickets: Adults $39/Student $14
209-381-0500 or online

Pops Concert
Broadway Favorites

Saturday, February 6, 2016 ~ 7:30pm
Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced

Merced Symphony continues its tradition of an exciting pops concert with a show filled with favorites from Broadway and the American songbook. With composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, and musicals like Wicked, West Side Story, Carousel, this concert is sure to have one of your favorite songs!

Tickets: Adults $39/Student $14
209-381-0500 or online

Season Finale Concert
Carmina Burana

Saturday, April 23, 2016 ~ 7:30pm
Merced Theatre, 301 W Main St, Merced

Nothing could be more thrilling than the colossal and immense wall of sound that starts Carl Orff’s incredible work, Carmina Burana. One of the most exciting and famous works in the symphonic choral repertory, Carmina Burana features a large chorus, vocal soloists, and a large instrumental ensemble including two pianos and a vast array of percussion. Orff called this work a scenic cantata, and that all works he composed before this should be thrown out. This resulting “opus one” has an exuberance and freshness that made it an immediate and everlasting success. Join us for a spectacular end to the season!

Tickets: Adults $39/Student $14
209-381-0500 or online

Past Concerts

Spring Classical Concert
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Images from the Concert
Photos ©2015 Roger J. Wyan Photography

Chamber Concert
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Images from the Concert
Photos ©2015 Roger J. Wyan Photography

Pops Concert
Friday, January 30, 2015

Images from the Concert
Photos ©2015 Roger J. Wyan Photography

Above: Conductor Ming Luke conducts MSO in Star Wars Suite for Orchestra.

Above Right: The MSO woodwind section.

Right: Youth audition winner Jessica Yueng performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.

Arts UC Merced Presents Fall Concert
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Images from the Concert
Photos ©2014 Roger J. Wyan Photography

Above: Heather Powell and Jesse BArrett perform Concerto in C Minor for violin and oboe by Johann Sebastian Bach at Merced Symphony Orchestra's fall concert on Nov. 1 at the Merced Theater.

Right: Maestro Luke Ming conducts the Merced Symphony Orchestra in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 at the Merced Theater.


Season tickets are available from any MSA Board member or contact Elaine Darrah, 722-7152,,
or call Judy Edwina Smith, 777-5345.

Individual tickets will be available at the venues. Music programs are subject to change.

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