Free shuttle service for OI patrons!

We are proud to announce that Orchestra Indiana and Hillcroft Services’ Reliable Transit Division have once again partnered together for the 2022-23 season to provide FREE shuttle service for OI patrons in need of additional assistance to and from the two main parking lots and the handicap lot that feed Emens Auditorium.

Shuttle service will be offered to and from the McKinley Avenue Parking Garage, the New York Street Parking Garage, and the Handicap Lot on the corner of Riverside Ave. and Dicks St. starting one hour prior to show time and will resume immediately following the conclusion of the show for 30 minutes. We hope that this service will be beneficial for any OI patrons who may need additional assistance to and from the parking facilities.

 

Can I bring my kids to a concert?

It depends on the concert and on the age of your kids. Many standard-length classical concerts may be difficult for small children because they require an attention span that may be beyond what a child can maintain. Our Free Community Concerts and Education Concerts are a great way for families (including children of all ages) to enjoy classical music together. Your kids or grandkids may also enjoy the concerts in our Indiana Trust Pops Series, which include a holiday concert, movie music, and more!

To further build your children’s interest in classical music, play classical music at home or in the car. When they are old enough to sit quietly for an extended period, you may wish to bring them to the first half of a Classical concert. In all cases, it’s a good idea to check with the orchestra directly about the appropriateness of the concert you plan to attend with your kids. And don’t forget that children in grades K-12 can get free tickets to our subscription concerts!

FAQs about your first concert

Where and when do Orchestra Indiana concerts take place?
All Muncie subscription concerts will be held in Emens Auditorium on Ball State Campus. Marion subscription concerts and free community concerts occur at a variety of different locations. Visit the “Upcoming Events” page for detailed information about concert locations and start times.

Is there a shuttle service from the parking garages to Emens?
Yes, for all concerts held in Emens Auditorium, we are again offering a shuttle service to and from the parking garages this season. Find out more here.

What is classical music?
The term “classical music” can be problematic. Music history refers to the years from roughly 1750 to 1825 as the “Classical” period, when Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven achieved their glory. But in a broader sense, the term classical music is used to describe the continuing heritage of music mostly written to be performed in concert halls by orchestras, singers, choruses, chamber ensembles, and solo instrumentalists.

I’ve never been to an orchestra concert before. What should I expect?
Expect to enjoy yourself! This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music or the concert experience. Some things about the concert may seem strange because they’re new to you, but if you just focus on the music, you’ll have a great time. Open yourself up to the music. Feel the rhythms; follow the tunes. Watch the musicians and the conductor; see how they interact with each other. Notice how the music ebbs and flows – surging and powerful at some times, delicate and ephemeral at others.

What if I don’t know anything about classical music? Do I need to study beforehand?
There’s no need to study. The music will speak for itself. Just come and enjoy it! Over time, many frequent concertgoers do find their enjoyment is deeper if they prepare for a concert. This can be simple, like reading the program notes beforehand; or it can be more involved, like listening to recordings of the music to be performed in the days before they attend a concert. Pre-Concert Lectures take place before select concerts and provide an insightful and informative introduction to the pieces on the program for those concertgoers who would like more background about the music they’re about to hear! Check the details of upcoming events to find when the next Pre-Concert Lecture is happening.

Will I enjoy the concert?
Live music is amazing! And, odds are, you’ll recognize some of the music. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows, video games, and movies include classical music, like the Lone Ranger theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), Call of Duty (Mozart’s Dies Irae), and many more.
You’ll notice that each classical piece uses its own group of several tunes over and over, in different ways. You’ll start to “recognize” these melodies as a work progresses. Listen for the ways a melody is repeated: Is it exactly the same as the first time, or with a different character? Does it start the same as before, but go off in a different direction?

What should I wear?
There is no dress code! Anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Some people will be wearing business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes, and you’ll see everything from jeans to dresses. Some people enjoy dressing up and making a special night of it. If you do decide to dress up, though, go easy on the cologne. It can distract others near you and even prompt them to sneeze (which may distract you).

Should I arrive early?
Plan to arrive anywhere from 10-30 minutes before concert time, so you can find your seat, silence off your cell phone, take a look at your surroundings, absorb the atmosphere, and have time to glance through the program book, too. Most concerts start on time. If you’re late, you may end up listening from the lobby! If that happens, the usher will allow you inside during a suitable pause in the program, so your arrival won’t disturb other concertgoers. Don’t forget the Pre-Concert Lectures before select concerts.

How long is the concert?
Most subscription concerts are 90 minutes to two hours long (usually including an intermission). Free community concerts and family concerts usually range from one hour to 90 minutes.

Can I take pictures?
Cameras, video recorders, or other recording equipment are NOT permitted in concerts. Phone calls, phone alarms, and texting during the performance can be distracting to the audience members around you or even to the musicians, so please remember to silence your phone and put it away before the concert begins.

When should I clap?
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. Just like books have chapters and TV series have episodes, many orchestral pieces are divided into multiple sections called movements. Each movement can stand alone but contributes cohesively to the entire piece. Generally there are very brief pauses in between each movement, and the audience applauds at the conclusion of the work. You can tell how many movements a piece has by looking at your program. For example:

Symphony No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

This symphony by Beethoven has four movements, so we can expect pauses between each movement and applause at the end of the last movement. Movement titles are often Italian terms for how fast the tempo will be or other characteristics. If you lose track of where the piece is, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding. Another good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium.

Will there be an intermission, and what should I do during it?
Most subscription concerts will have a 15-20 minute intermission. Check your program or ask an Orchestra Indiana staff member in the lobby. Just as the musicians will need to take a break, you may use the time to visit the restroom or socialize. Select concerts may have refreshments available in the lobby during intermission (or before the show).

Can I bring my kids?
It depends on the concert and on the age of your kids. Many standard-length classical concerts may be difficult for small children because they require an attention span that may be beyond what a child can maintain. Our Free Community Concerts and Education Concerts are a great way for families (including children of all ages) to enjoy classical music together. To further build your children’s interest in classical music, play classical music at home or in the car. When they are old enough to sit quietly for an extended period, you may wish to bring them to the first half of a Classical concert. In all cases, it’s a good idea to check with the orchestra directly about the appropriateness of the concert you plan to attend with your kids. Children in grades K-12 can get free tickets to our subscription concerts!

 

FAQs about the orchestra

Why are the musicians onstage playing before the concert begins?
Just like athletes warming up before a game, musicians need to warm up their muscles and focus their concentration. Some of them are working on the passages they need to polish up before the performance, with no regard for what anyone else is practicing.

Why do the musicians wear formal black clothes?
This is a long tradition that started centuries ago. Sometimes musicians dress a little more casually, but they still try to look similar, so that the audience can concentrate on the music. Soloists are the exception: they often dress differently, because they are the focus of attention.

Why are there are more stringed instruments than anything else?
The sound of each individual stringed instrument is softer than a brass or woodwind instrument. But in large numbers, they make a magnificent, rich sound.

Why do the string players share stands?
Fewer stands mean that the musicians, who are moving around quite a bit, have more room to play freely. Also, because the strings play more continuously than the other instruments, their page turns can fall in inconvenient places where there should be no break in the music. The musician on the inside seat turns pages while the musician on the outside seat continues to play.

Why do their bows move together?
The players within each string section – first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses – are usually playing the same part, so it’s essential that they sound as one. Each type of bow movement produces a different sound, so each string section sounds more unified when the players use the same bow motion.

What does the concertmaster do?
The concertmaster sits in the first chair of the first violins. He or she acts as the leader of that section but also plays a leadership role with the orchestra as a whole. He or she is also the last orchestra member to enter the stage before a concert and cues the oboe to “tune” the orchestra.

Why do all the musicians tune to the oboe?
The penetrating tone of the oboe is easy for all players to hear. And its ability to sustain pitch is very secure. The oboe plays the note “A,” and all the players make sure their “A” is exactly on the same pitch as the oboe’s “A.” This ensures that they all are on the same pitch before the concert begins.

Why does Maestro leave after most pieces of music?
This provides the conductor a little breather – a chance to collect his or her thoughts before starting the next piece. If the applause is very enthusiastic, the conductor will come onstage again, bow, and perhaps recognize some musicians who played important solos in the piece.

Why don’t the musicians smile while they play?
Look closely and you’ll see that some of them do! But in general, they are concentrating deeply, just like outfielders waiting for the fly ball or pitchers winding up to a curveball. They’re “in the zone.” Some musicians “feel” the music and move in their chairs or move their heads. After the music is over, you may see them smiling broadly. If it was a concerto, and they liked the soloist’s performance, they won’t just smile – the string players will tap their stands with their bows as a sign of appreciation and others will stomp their feet.

What is an orchestra?

A symphony orchestra is a collection of up to about 100 musicians who play instruments of four basic types: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Click on the hyperlinks for each instrument to hear an Orchestra Indiana musician play and discuss each instrument.

  1. Strings – violins (smallest, and highest in pitch), violascellos, and double basses (largest and lowest in pitch). These players sit in a semicircle directly in front of the conductor and make up more than half the orchestra. The harp is also a string instrument, although it looks very different from the other strings. The harp player usually sits behind the violin sections.
  2. Woodwinds – flutesoboesclarinets, and bassoons. These players sit a few rows back from the conductor, in the center of the orchestra. You may sometimes see closely related instruments being played alongside these instruments. Each of the woodwind instruments has “cousins” that may be smaller, like the piccolo, or larger, like the English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon.
  3. Brass – trumpetshornstrombones, and tubas. These instruments are the loudest, so you’ll see them in the rear of the orchestra.
  4. Percussion – drums, bells, tambourines, chimes, symbols, woodblocks, and sometimes odd things such as hubcaps that are struck, plucked, rubbed, etc. This includes the timpani, xylophone, and marimba. Some works use lots of different percussion; others may have a single musician playing the timpani, or no percussion at all. The percussion section is at the back of the orchestra because percussionists often play more than one instrument and need space to move from one to the other during the concert. Although the piano is really a keyboard instrument, not percussion, it is occasionally used in the orchestra and will usually be located towards the back of the orchestra, near the percussion.

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 rubenrengel.com.

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 orchestraindiana.org 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 orchestraindiana.org/kids-tickets.

“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 orchestraindiana.org.

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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 orchestraindiana.org.

“Bows, Strings, and Holiday Things” to be presented December 20

Muncie – Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, led by concertmaster Noelle Tretick Gosling, will delight their audience with Christmas favorites both old and new at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St.

Gosling will be joined by Timothy Tan, Colleen Tan and Yoonhae Swanson in this holiday special performance.

Tickets are $10-20 and may be purchased at www.orchestraindiana.org or by calling 765-216-0970.

Gosling is raising funds for the Young Artist Competition, which takes places on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Sursa Performance Hall. The competition was recently renamed the Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition, in honor of Gosling’s mother, who was a longtime member of the Muncie Symphony and was highly involved in the competition

Cornerstone Center for the Arts offers opportunities for creative expression for all through community and rental spaces in a historic setting. Thousands of area residents attend events, wedding and civic events, in addition to taking classes in art, dance and music. Cornerstone is home to the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, The Masterworks Chorale, the East Central Chamber Orchestra, America’s Hometown Band and The Bridge Church. For additional information go to www.cornerstonearts.org or call 765-281-9503.

Tretick family to remember mother with memorial concert, endowment fund for young artist competition

MUNCIE, INDIANA — Young musicians and their teachers are likely familiar with the name Patricia Tretick—violinist, violist, lifelong music educator and Ball State University School of Music faculty member who judged various young artist competitions across the state. When she died in January 2020, her children could think of no better way to honor her legacy than to start an endowment in her name that would support the Young Artist Competition hosted annually by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

“This just seemed so incredibly appropriate because the orchestra is an organization that she was involved in from the time she came to Muncie. And then there’s the teaching aspect, preparing students for a competition, and then the competition itself where she was involved in the judging,” said Stephanie Tretick, one of Patricia’s daughters. “These aspects of the competition tie in so well with areas of music in which she was interested and very passionate about.”

Noelle Tretick Gosling, another one of Patricia’s daughters, said the goal is to have their mother’s name on the Young Artist Competition in perpetuity.

“The competition is incredibly inspiring; there’s so much talent out there,” said Noelle, who is concertmaster of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and has previously judged the competition. “And then it’s even more inspiring for the community to see the winners perform with the Muncie Symphony as part of their prize.”

To officially launch the endowment, as well as to honor their mother’s legacy, the five Tretick siblings will come together—traveling from across the country—to perform a memorial concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at Sursa Hall.

All five children are professional musicians. Stephanie is a violinist and violist in Pittsburgh, Blythe is a cellist in Phoenix, Clifford is a flutist in Virginia, Noelle is a violinist in Indianapolis, and Drew is a violinist and violist in Los Angeles.

“The last time we all played a concert together was when we were soloists with the Muncie Symphony in January of 1986,” Noelle said. “Whenever we get together, ensemble is in our DNA. When we play, we seem to breathe at the same time.”

Growing up, Noelle said people referred to their family as the Von Trapps. Patricia had insisted that each child learn to play an instrument; she considered music to be “the family business.”

“Music was elemental to our mother. You just did it,” Stephanie said.

Patricia’s passion for music stretched far beyond the family. As the memorial concert began to take shape, Noelle said they began to hear from their mother’s former students from all over the world.

“We’re not talking just the state of Indiana or just this country,” she said. “We’re talking hundreds of emails and calls worldwide. It’s been humbling and overwhelming.”

In addition to the Tretick siblings performing together on stage for the first time in decades, the memorial concert will also feature photos and videos of Patricia. Patricia’s two grandsons, Alexei and Anthony, will also contribute to the performance. Alexei will play piano, and Anthony will manage the audio and visual elements.

The concert is free and open to the public. For those who cannot make it to the live performance, the concert will be livestreamed simultaneously at sites.bsu.edu/musiclive/.

Donations to the Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition will be accepted at the concert. Donations can also be made online at orchestraindiana.org, or via check (made payable to Muncie Symphony Orchestra) mailed to Muncie Symphony Orchestra (c/o Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition Donations, P.O. Box 1236, Muncie, IN 47308).

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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 orchestraindiana.org.

About the Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition

The annual Young Artist Competition provides an opportunity for talented young musicians to compete for cash prizes and a performance opportunity. Students prepare for months in advance and convene on the campus of Ball State University to perform in front of a panel of expert judges. The competition is open only to Indiana residents in grades 3-12. There are three divisions, each with its own prize: Elementary Division (grades 3-5), Junior Division (grades 6- 8), and Senior Division (grades 9-12).

‘Holiday Pops’ to feature festive music, Santa, and more

MUNCIE, INDIANA — The Muncie Symphony Orchestra is inviting families to ring in the holiday season during its Indiana Trust Pops Series “Holiday Pops” concert on Saturday, Dec. 4.

“Holiday Pops” will feature a mix of modern and classic Christmas songs, including selections from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” and more. The show will also include a playing of the short film “The Snowman,” with live accompaniment by the orchestra.

The Muncie SYmphony Orchestra will be joined onstage by Ball State voice faculty and accomplished opera performers Jon and Elizabeth Truitt, as well as the Youth Symphony Orchestra of East Central Indiana. Santa himself will also be in attendance.

Tickets to the event start at just $20 and can be purchased online at orchestraindiana.org 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 orchestraindiana.org/kids-tickets.

“Holiday Pops” will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 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 and to view other upcoming concerts, visit orchestraindiana.org.

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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 orchestraindiana.org.

Muncie Symphony’s ‘The Music of John Williams’ to feature scores from ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jurassic Park’ and more

MUNCIE, IN — On Nov. 13, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra will bring iconic movie scores to life during “The Music of John Williams.” Nominated 51 times and awarded five Academy Awards, John Williams is responsible for some of the most well known soundtracks of all time, including “Star Wars, “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more.

“The Music of John Williams” will feature selections from the scores of those films—including an entire half of the concert dedicated to “Star Wars”—as well as the music from “Superman,” “E.T.: Adventures on Earth,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Schindler’s List” and “Far and Away.”

“John Williams’s music has had a monumental effect on our society, and hearing that music performed live by an orchestra—it’s incredibly powerful,” said Scott Watkins, executive director of the Muncie Symphony.

“The Music of John Williams” is the second concert of the Indiana Trust Pops Series, which also includes “Holiday Pops” on Dec. 4 and “Glorious Gershwin” on Apr. 30. Subscriptions to the Indiana Trust Pops Series are available online, starting at just $45. A Pops subscription includes reserved seating to all three concerts.

Full-season subscriptions, which include reserved seating to all remaining concerts in the Muncie Symphony season, are also available, with prices starting at $115. Subscriptions can be purchased at orchestraindiana.org or by calling 765-216-0970.

“The Music of John Williams” will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Emens Auditorium. Tickets start as low as $20 and can be purchased online at orchestraindiana.org or via the Emens Box Office (in person at 1800 W Riverside Ave. or by phone at 765-285-1539).

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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 orchestraindiana.org.