A Note from Our President:
Last couple of seasons for the President’s Notes in each Program Concert Book, we talked about what is culture. Culture is where past, present and future can co-exist. We all bring different cultural experiences, and when we get together we need to listen to one another with an open mind and heart, appreciate all our differences, learn from one another, express ourselves through our music creatively, in order to bridge the community that binds us together as one.
The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra thought about our community a great deal last season, and felt that we needed to continue to lift up and inspire during such turbulent times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to offer our full MasterWorks season for FREE and virtually to not only Muscatine but the world. No other symphony that I know of in this nation (and I’ve been on calls with major, medium and small symphonies throughout this pandemic), was able to offer online all season concerts free of charge.
How did we do that? With the help of some generous local foundations and individual sponsors, who proactively recognized the need and were quick to partner with us.
The Symphony is eagerly planning to bring a live concert season to Muscatine this year. As part of our 20th Anniversary Season Celebration, be sure to make plans to come to our special Gala Fundraising Event on Friday, January 7, 2022 with Broadway Star Allison Blackwell. An evening of wonderful music, food, and an intimate performance by this amazing artist will be a perfect highlight to the new year.
A heartfelt thank you to our financial partners and to my volunteer Board – you know who you are; who have given their hearts to serve this community, thank you for ALL you do. If you wish to be part of the Symphony culture in Muscatine, by volunteering, donating, being a member of the Guild or Board of Directors, visit our website – we’d love to hear from YOU!
It’s shaping up to be a great year! The Best is yet to come – Cheers!
Carmen Bugay, President
MSOA Board of Directors
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen