Muncie Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 71st Season with a Hoosier Homecoming

Dr. Angelin Chang at the grand piano. Photo providedDr. Angelin Chang at the grand piano. Photo provided

By: Courtney Thomas—

Muncie, IN– The Muncie Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 71st season at 7:30 pm, Saturday, September 21 in Emens Auditorium, by bringing home Muncie-native and one of the first MSO Young Artist Competition winners, Dr. Angelin Chang.

“We welcome the Muncie community to join us for the first show of our 71stseason, celebrating ‘Together We Are Community,” said Douglas Droste, Artistic Director and Conductor. “Saturday’s performance is just the beginning of the variety of concerts—and music genres– we’ll host throughout the year. This season will have something for everyone, including traditional classical pieces, movie music, organ and young artist competitions, and holiday music performed in venues all over our great city.”

Angelin Chang, Grammy award-winning classical pianist and the City of Muncie, Indiana Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Goodwill, shared her reflections about this MSO homecoming:

“It is a great joy and honor to come back to my hometown to share great music with the Muncie community and Muncie Symphony Orchestra, which is significant to me personally and pivotal for my career development in music. The MSO is a pillar in our Muncie Community. I recall my first experiences of attending the Symphony concerts during the Young People’s concerts in elementary school. It was a dream come true when I later performed as piano soloist with the very orchestra that inspired me and changed the course of my life into music.”

Regarding the upcoming performance with the MSO, Chang had this to say, “And, it is a dream to be able to now offer that same spirit in sharing to inspire music for everyone in our beautiful community. Muncie is not just where I was born and raised, it is home. This will be a glorious event to celebrate our community. I hope to meet every attendee and get a photo together at the post-concert reception, too!”

Dr. Chang will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Major. This concert will also include Blue Cathedral by American composer and teacher JenniferHigdon and Bill the Kid Suiteby Aaron Copland.  At 6:30 p.m., attendees are invited to join Douglas Droste for an engaging pre-concert talk.

Tickets for youth (K-12) are just $5. Ball State student tickets are freein advance with student ID or $10 at the door. Adult single tickets start at $25. For tickets, contact the Emens Box Office at 765.285.1539 or visit

This concert is made possible by the generosity of our Presenting Sponsor, Muncie Power Products, and concert support provided by the George and Frances Ball Foundation. Season partnership and support is provided by Indiana Public Radio, WIPB, Indiana Arts Commission, and Ball State University.

For a complete listing of season sponsors and community support, please visit


About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1948 that strives to enrich quality of life in Muncie through live orchestral performances and education outreach. As an organization that celebrates the cultural vibrancy of East Central Indiana, the MSO presents classical and pops concerts, chamber concerts, and free community engagement programs, to cultivate enduring community partnerships.