2020 – 2021 Season



Welcome to the Muscatine Symphony’s
2019 – 2020 MasterWorks Season!

2019-2020 MasterWorks Brochure

 A Note from Our President: 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association (MSOA), I welcome you to the second half of the 2019-2020 season.

In the first part of the season I shared with you how we can view culture as our shared daily experience in this place and time; and also how we tell our stories through the arts and humanities, especially through music.

Two of the major influential and beloved presidents of the 20th century also shared their beliefs that are recorded in the annals of our history. President Ronald Reagan said that “The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we’re a part.” President John F. Kennedy in his Remarks at Amherst College on October 26, 1963 states, “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him…”, and he continues “…But democratic society – in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation…”

Thus to serve our nation the best, we must be passionate in sharing our American culture with other countries, and we should be open to learning about the cultures of others as well.  With such an exchange we can not only enrich our lives by expanding our visions, dreams and abilities, but by encouraging people in other nations to do the same, we can enhance their lives as well.

Case in point, the recent cultural exchange with China, a collaboration of the Muscatine China Initiative Committee and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago. The concert on January 30th in Muscatine as the Fifth Annual Happy Chinese New Year Concert, was outstanding. China exchanged and shared with us part of their culture with performances of the Shanghai Orchestra, Little Ants Kunqu Opera Art Troup of Yuquan primary school, and the Zhejiang Shaoju Operata Theatre.

I believe that this international exchange has enriched us for the better to be free to dream and to image a new version of ourselves and of the truth, as we artists perceive it. Keep dreaming, keep writing and composing, keep striving for your truth, and be the best artist of yourself.

Meet you at the symphony!

Carmen Bugay 

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan


2019 – 2020 Events Schedule

4th of July – FREE CONCERT- Riverfront at dusk

MSOOpen Auditions–  August 25, 2019 @ Muscatine Community College (MCC) starting at 1:00 PM

September 9 – Boonie’s fundraiser, 5-10 p.m.

October 12, 2019 – Master Works I:
“One Small Step”

October 26, 2019 – Symphony of Treasures, “Collectibles & Delectables” fundraiser, 5-10 p.m. @ The Rendezvous; Onsite appraisals of your cherished items; Live and Silent Auctions. Call (563) 264-2071 for details.

November 9, 2019 – Masterworks II:
“The Grandest of them All”

December 7, 2019 – FREE CONCERT
“Christmas with the Symphony”

January 18, 2020 – Trivia Night 6-9 p.m. @ The Rendezvous. Call (563) 264-2071 for tickets.

January 26, 2020 – Young Artist Competition @ MCC

February 22, 2020 – MasterWorks III:
“A Dynamic Duo” with Naha Greenholtz, violin, Concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra & Dinner @ Geneva Country Club, following concert. Call (563) 264-2071 for details and tickets.

March 14, 2020 – MasterWorks IV:

“Imagination Comes to Life”
with the Young Artist Competition Winner

April 18, 2020 – MasterWorks V:

“Pasión Latina” with Angelo Favis, guitar

Tickets for individual concerts are available

Maestro Dollinger and Carmen Bugay

online for an additional fee, at the door or HyVee.

Students under 18 years of age, and college students are admitted free of charge with ID.