Hit the Road
March to a different beat this season with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra
Classical music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Rodeo Capital of Texas, but don’t be fooled — Mesquite has more to offer than legendary rodeos and barbecues.
This community also prides itself on enjoying the finer things in life, and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a unique, cultured experience unlike any other in Texas.
Found only 15 minutes from Dallas, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra is a hidden gem that’s been bringing music to Texas since 1987.
Based at the Mesquite Arts Center, the MSO isn’t your average orchestra. It’s a volunteer-driven ensemble, steeped in the European tradition of community orchestras and dedicated to making memorable experiences through music.
The symphony is made up of talented musicians from North Texas who infuse their passion and expertise into every performance. Since 2018, the Orchestra has been led by Felix Torres, who previously served as the apprentice conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the executive director of the East Texas Youth Orchestra.
Under the baton of Torres, the MSO embraces the true Mesquite spirit of unpretentious sophistication. This isn’t your typical symphony, with stuffy dress codes and stifling regulations. In Mesquite, they believe music is for everyone and you are welcome to come as you are, whether that's dressed to the nines or however you feel comfortable.
That welcoming spirit doesn’t stop at the dress code. Visitors are encouraged to emulate the atmosphere of the early days of classical music, which more closely resembled a modern rock concert than a modern symphony.
All are invited to express the emotions brought on by the music during the performance, be it through clapping or cheering. Additionally, MSO endeavors to present diverse programs that are impactful for people of all backgrounds, including populations that are historically excluded.
The 2023-24 season is a series of enchanting performances, kicking off with Short Ride in America featuring works by John Adams, Antonin Dvorak, and William Grant Still.
The season continues with The Adventures of Youth, A Winter Celebration, Her Story, and Fantasy Unleashed, and culminates in the grand finale, Into the Fire, featuring pieces by Victor Agudelo and Igor Stravinsky.
Much like the community that hosts it, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra isn't about the glitz and glamor; it’s about genuine charm and fostering an appreciation for live performance.
Here is the season at a glance:
Short Ride in America - September 16, 2023
Featuring John Adams’ "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Antonin Dvorak’s "Cello Concerto" with soloist Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok, and William Grant Still’s "Afro-American Symphony."
The Adventures of Youth - October 28, 2023
Featuring John Williams’ "The Adventures of Indiana Jones," a world premiere by local composer Nicolas Miranda, Juliea Wolfe’s "Fountain of Youth," and the bilingual version of Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf (Pedro y el lobo)."
A Winter Celebration - December 16, 2023
5-6p m, 7:30-8:30 pm
Featuring John Williams’ "Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone," A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas, Coleridge-Taylor’s "Ballade," and more.
Her Story - February 17, 2024
Featuring Florence Price’s "Piano Concerto" with soloist Evan Mitchell and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Scheherazade."
Fantasy Unleashed - April 6, 2024
Featuring music from the Harry Potter universe, Video Games Live, Katahj Copley’s "Equinox," and more.
Into the Fire - May 18, 2024
Featuring Victor Agudelo’s "Algo va a suceder" and Igor Stravinsky’s "The Firebird."