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The Modesto Symphony Orchestra 2021-22 Season On Sale Now

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra 2021-22 Season On Sale Now

The MSO’s 91st season features four Music Director candidates, outstanding guest artists, the MSO Chorus, and the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

  • The Classics Series will be conducted by the MSO’s Music Director candidates and will feature pieces by Prokofiev, Korngold, Márquez, Brahms, and many more.
  • The Pops Series includes Holiday Pops, an evening of the greatest love songs, and Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert!

MODESTO, CA – The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) returns to the concert hall for their 91st Season where they will introduce the Symphony’s four Music Director Candidates. The MSO’s season will kick off with Holiday Pops and will be followed up by the Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

The four Music Director candidates will each conduct one of the MSO’s Classics Series concerts where they will showcase their skill, personality, and musical taste. This year there will be four Classics concerts and each will have performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM at the Gallo Center for the Arts. In addition to the Classics Series, the MSO also offers a three-concert Pops Series which includes Holiday Pops and this year will feature Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert.

“We are thrilled to present our new season and to see everyone again in-person! We have always been so grateful for the support of our community, but this past year really showed the importance of staying connected as a community” said Caroline Nickel, President and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “We were grateful to be able to stay connected through our virtual concerts last season and we are so excited to be able to safely bring the orchestra back to the stage to perform for our audiences in-person again.”

2021-22 CLASSICS SERIES OVERVIEW:  4 concerts performed on both Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts

Opening the Classics Series on January 7 & 8, 2022 is a program lead by Music Director Candidate Delta David Gier and features cellist Francisco Vila-Haas performing Márquez’s Espejos en la Arena and the mysterious and triumphant Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich.

Music Director Candidate Keitaro Harada will lead the MSO on March 4 & 5, 2022. Harada’s program will feature violinist Charles Yang performing Korngold’s Concert in D Major for Violin and will conclude with the enchanting Symphony No. 4 by Yoshimatsu.

On April 1 & 2, 2022 the MSO will feature pianist Marika Bournaki as she performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Music Director Candidate Dirk Meyer leading the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. The program will conclude with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

The MSO will conclude its Classics Series on May 6 & 7, 2022 with a program led by Music Director Candidate Paul Haas. The program will feature Silk Road Ensemble member and Grammy Award-winner Sandeep Das as he performs Wijeratne’s Concerto for Tabla. That weekend’s program will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.

POPS SERIES: 3 concerts on Fridays at 7:30pm with an additional Saturday matinee at 2pm for two of the concerts performed in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts

The Pops Series begins with a celebration of the Holiday Season with the ever-popular Holiday Pops concert lead by Associate Conductor Ryan Murray. This is a great opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on December 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm and December 4, 2021 at 2pm.

The second concert in the Pops Series will be on February 11, 2022 and will feature an evening of the greatest love songs. Fall in love with your favorite songs all over again as guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads the MSO in a Valentine’s themed concert, With Love from the MSO.

The Pops Series will close with the groundbreaking movie Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert lead by Associate Conductor Ryan Murray! Fans will be able to experience the full movie with the MSO performing the full score live to film on June 3 & 4, 2022.

  Holiday Candlelight Concert on December 21, 2021 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

MSO Chorus Director Dr. Daniel R. Afonso Jr. once again leads the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, plus the Opus Handbell Ensemble in a special concert that has become a treasured community tradition, the Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

MODESTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA (MSYO): 3 concerts on Saturdays at 2pm in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts

The MSYO, led by MSO Associate Conductor Ryan Murray, is comprised of a diverse group of 120 outstanding young musicians from around the region ranging in age from 10 – 18. The MSYO consists of two ensembles, the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, and both perform three times per season at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Concert dates for the 2019-20 Season include: November 13, 2021 at 2pm, February 12, 2022 at 2pm and May 7, 2022 at 2pm.


Subscription packages and single tickets for the MSO’s 2021-22 Season are on sale now, online, by phone, and at the Gallo Center for the Arts Ticket Office. Visit for full details.

Gallo Center Ticket Office
Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm. 
Phone: 209.338.2100



Márquez & Shostakovich

January 7 & 8, 2022 at 7:30pm

Delta David Gier, conductor & Music Director candidate

Francisco Vila-Haas, cello

BeethovenLeonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b

MárquezEspejos en la Arena

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, op. 47

Korngold & Yoshimatsu

March 4 & 5, 2022 at 7:30pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor & Music Director candidate

Charles Yang, violin

TicheliBlue Shades for Orchestra

Korngold: Concerto in D Major for Violin, op. 35

Yoshimatsu: Symphony No. 4, op. 82

Prokofiev & Brahms

April 1 & 2, 2022 at 7:30pm

Dirk Meyer, conductor & Music Director candidate

Marika Bournaki, piano


Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68

Wijeratne & Tchaikovsky

May 6 & 7, 2022 at 7:30pm

Paul Haas, conductor & Music Director candidate

Sandeep Das, tabla

BeethovenCoriolan Overture, op. 62

Wijeratne: Concerto for Tabla

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, op. 36


Holiday Pops!

December 3, 2021 at 7:30pm

December 4, 2021 at 2:00pm

Ryan Murray, conductor

MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director

With Love From the MSO
An Evening of the Greatest Love Songs

February 11, 2022 at 7:30pm

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

Live Orchestra with Film

June 3, 2022 at 7:30pm

June 4, 2022 at 2:00pm

Ryan Murray, conductor

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Holiday Candlelight Concert

December 21, 2021 at 8:00pm

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Daniel R. Afonso Jr., conductor

MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director

Opus Handbell Ensemble, Richard Colla, director

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