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Monmouth County's Orchestra

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‚ÄčThe orchestra is composed of seventy-five professional and highly talented amateur musicians, most of whom live and work in the central New Jersey area. The ongoing mission of The MSO is to make live orchestral music available and relevant in Monmouth County. Its dedicated and passionate musicians are committed to excellence, and to providing educational experiences which expand cultural horizons. To this end, the activities of the orchestra may include concerts, scholarships, partnering with other groups and individuals, outreach to under-served populations, and attracting outstanding musicians of all ages.

 

The orchestra is under the direction of Music Director Roy D. Gussman of Neptune. Mr. Gussman is both a teacher and professional musician who has been a member of the Monmouth Symphony for over twenty years.



The MSO is part of the fabric of central New Jersey. Chamber groups and soloists from the orchestra routinely perform in schools, senior communities and other facilities, bringing the joy and appreciation of music to young and old alike.

 

Our next outreach project to underserved populations will focus on K-4 students in Asbury Park. The concert program will link visual and performing arts.  It will emphasize the instruments of the orchestra using engaging music to get kids excited about participating in their own music program beginning in the middle schools.

 

One of the most venerable symphony orchestras in New Jersey, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra began as the Spring Lake Sinfonietta in 1948, and performed concerts at Long Branch High School and the Spring Lake Community Playhouse. The orchestra changed its name the following year to "Monmouth Little Symphony" and, as it grew in competence and stature, to the "Monmouth Symphony Orchestra" in 1960. The orchestra has performed in numerous locations throughout the metropolitan area including the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, and Carnegie Hall. The newly renovated Paramount Theater in Asbury Park was the residence of the orchestra from 1995 through 2001. In 2002, the orchestra returned to the Count Basie Theatre.

 

Over the years, such distinguished international artists as Beth Levin, Julius Baker, Gary Graffman, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Janos Starker have performed with the orchestra, along with many well-known New Jersey musicians, including Jameson Platte, Garry Ianco, Ron Levy, Vladislav Kovalsky, Greg Giannascoli, Helen Benham, and composer-performer Timothy Broege.

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