Dee Alexander, a Chicago-based jazz singer, will inaugurate the MSO’s reimagined pops series when she and her band perform at the Bradley Symphony Center on Saturday, Feb13. The concert features great American songbook standards by Gershwin, Ellington, Rodgers, Kern, and more.
MSO musicians cannot wait to perform in the new Bradley Symphony Center. They share their excitement about beginning rehearsals and their first performances in our new home.
“This is not a downscaling. For me, it was actually an opportunity to do some of the repertoire that we don’t regularly get to do. This includes composers who haven’t written for a large orchestra, but who have something very important to say” says Music Director Ken-David Masur. Learn more about our reimagined virtual season!
“We’re really fortunate we stumbled on Margaret in the early stages of her photography career, because she’s incredibly talented,” said Jennifer Samuelson, the symphony’s senior director of patron experience. “They’re so different from the normal portraits we see. These aren’t just a person and an instrument in an obscure background. They tell a story.” Read more on how Margaret Butler captures her colleagues' personalities in portrait.
During fiscal year 2020, the MSO’s annual fund showed an 11 percent increase over projections. Of the orchestra’s overall contributed revenue, 41 percent comes from individual donors, which numbered 2,121 at the end of 2020. Those individual gifts were instrumental in the orchestra continuing to deliver on its mission during the pandemic, and they will continue to be just as important as the MSO weathers the effects of the pandemic. Read more about why people support the MSO.