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MSO Achieves Significant Gains in 2013

FEB 12 2014 • MSO TEAM • PRESS RELEASES

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce that the organization has achieved significant gains in audience attendance for the first half of their 2013/2014 concert season. In addition to healthy increases in ticket sales, the MSO has earned admirable financial and organizational stability through strategic budgeting and community outreach. 

Since 1972, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has provided an outlet for community musicians to perform as a part of a high calibre community orchestra. With a combination of professional section leaders and amateur musicians, the 85 piece Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most renowned hybrid community orchestra in Canada. The MSO is proud to present diverse, exciting programming to the residents of Mississauga, housed within the wonderful warm acoustics of the Living Art Centre’s Hammerson Hall. The MSO’s 2013/2014 concert season features a mixture of challenging, yet accessible classical favourites, and well known programme pieces. As always, the MSO will feature world-class soloists for the majority of it’s concerts. Guest soloists include: Pianists Valerie Tryon and Peter Longworth, Trumpeter Guy Few, the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada, and Marimba player Bryan Allen – the winner of the MSO’s first annual Youth Concerto Competition.

After a thorough search in 2012 for a Music Director to succeed Maestro John Barnum, the MSO was thrilled to appoint Denis Mastromonaco to the position in early 2013. Maestro Mastromonaco brings with him over 20 years of experience in conducting and teaching both symphonic and operatic groups. He has worked with orchestras internationally, including New York’s Orchard Park Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Italy’s Camerata Strumentali di Trato, Czech Republic’s West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada. With studies in conducting in Canada, the USA, Austria and Italy. Denis is a strong advocate for music within the community. “I’m honoured and excited to join the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, a wonderful musical family that exhibits all the best qualities of professional and community musicians. I am pleased with the success of the orchestra’s season as it has progressed thus far, as a result of working closely with our incredible Board, staff and volunteers. As we continue in our role as a cultural icon in Mississauga and expand the organization, our coming seasons will encompass engaging programming designed to enhance the experience for our musicians and audience alike.” 


Happy to comment on the success of the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra in 2013, MSO President Paul Weston states, “"The MSO's current position is a reflection on what can be achieved through careful strategic planning and execution with a dedicated team who are committed to the cause. Four years ago we were in imminent danger of closing down and since then have been proud to return consecutive break-even seasons and also create enough surplus to begin the next stage of our development through continued audience growth and outreach. Our staff and volunteers have been magnificent, and we were delighted to appoint Denis 
Mastromonaco as our new Artistic Director this year; his passion, drive and motivation exemplify everything the MSO has become".

In 1997, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra moved operations into the then brand new Living Arts Centre (LAC), Mississauga’s hub for arts and culture. The MSO and LAC have developed a strong, healthy relationship during their 16 year partnership. Commenting on the recent success of the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, LAC CEO Ron Lenyk says, “As CEO of the Living Arts Centre, I know our Board of Directors and staff are extremely proud of the MSO and its accomplishments in the past year. Performance quality has never been higher. It is also heartening to see the business performance providing a financial surplus, driving the MSO to new heights. Artistic Director, Denis Mastromonaco has invigorated the MSO and, I must say, has brought a new energy to the MSO and Living Arts Centre itself. The MSO’s future has never been more promising. It has earned total community support.”

The future is bright for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 and beyond, their primary focus will be the continued improvement of the entire MSO concert experience. Patrons can look forward to creative displays in the LAC atrium prior to every concert, the continuation of the very popular pre-concert presentations by Maestro Mastromonaco, and a passion to deliver the best orchestral performances possible. The financial stability the MSO has achieved will allow the organization the time and strength to grow into a larger, ever present community organization that is proud to celebrate and support the rich artistic community it is a part of. 


Residents of the Greater Toronto Area are encouraged to follow the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra online at: www.mississsaugasymphony.ca, through Facebook at: www.facebook.com and through Twitter at: @MSymph. 


For inquiries, please contact Marketing Coordinator Ryan Tobin at: ryan.tobin@mississaugasymphony.ca, or: 905-615-4404.