Muncie Symphony’s ‘A New World’ to feature solo from award-winning violinist

MUNCIE, INDIANA — On Feb. 26, Matthew Kraemer will conduct the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in a dynamic program capturing the American spirit. The concert will feature a solo by award-winning violinist Rubén Rengel.

“A New World,” the penultimate concert in Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season, will feature William Grant Still’s “Festive Overture,” Copland’s “Variation on a Shaker Melody,” Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” (From the New World), and Barber’s “Violin Concerto,” which will feature Rengel as the soloist.

Described as an “excellent soloist” of “great virtuosity” by the NY Concert Review, Rengel has appeared as a soloist with the Symphonies of Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, New Jersey, Vermont, Oakland and Venezuela. To learn more about Rengel before the show, visit

Attendees are invited to arrive early for a free pre-concert lecture hosted by Dr. James Thompson, Muncie Symphony’s Education Coordinator. The lecture will take place from 6:45–7:15 p.m. on the second floor of Emens Auditorium and will provide an introduction to the pieces in the evening’s program to further enrich the concert experience.

Tickets to this concert start at just $20 and can be purchased online at or via the Emens Box Office (in person at 1800 W Riverside Ave. or by phone at 765-285-1539). Free kids’ tickets are also available with the purchase of adult tickets; to learn more, visit

“A New World” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Emens Auditorium. Hillcroft Services will provide free shuttle services between the McKinley Avenue and New York Avenue parking garages and the auditorium before and after the show for those in need. The shuttle will run for one hour before the show and 30 minutes after the show.

To learn more about the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and to view other upcoming concerts, visit

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About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

For more than 71 years, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has worked to entertain, educate, and enrich quality of life in the East Central Indiana community through meaningful, professional musical experiences. The Muncie Symphony is made up of professional and community musicians, hailing from Ball State University, East Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati. To learn more, visit