For over five decades, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra has been a focal point of arts and culture here in East Mississippi. Throughout its distiguished history, the MSO has maintained a tradition of producing great classical music concerts featuring the works of the master composers of the past and present as well as wonderful family programs like the annual Peppermint Pops - a favorite for hundreds of concertgoers.
The recent appointment of Maestro Peter Rubardt as Music Director of the MSO is a further reflection of our committment to provide Meridian and the surrounding communities performances of beautiful music. Maestro Rubardt is now in his 17th season as music director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, where his tenure has been distinguished with artistic excellence on the stage and passionate support from the audience and the community. He initiated pops concerts, family concerts, and a series of chamber orchestra concerts in area churches, broadening the base of support and increasing the orchestra’s recognition throughout the community.
The administrative arm of the MSO, the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc., endeavors to expand its outreach into the community and to grow educational programs such as the highly successful Strings Program, Link Up (our annual partnership with Carnegie Hall), Symphony Fun Fest, and many other educational programs throughout the calendar year. These programs and other MSA, Inc. operating expenses are generously supported by grants from our supportive community of patrons, endowments, grants and foundations.
The vibrant, artistic presence of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra is felt throughout the East Mississippi region and, as always, the MSA, Inc. will continue to pay tribute to its legacy as well plan its future with the sole purpose being to enhance the quality of life for everyone! The early work and vision of its founders inspire the efforts of the Meridian Symphony’s current supporters and volunteers who make every concert season possible.