Please join Maestro James Ogle and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate our 33rd season playing "for the love of it".
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra is proudly based in Meridian, Idaho. We appreciate the talented musicians, audience members, patrons and other supporters who have helped us grow over the past 33 years from a small ensemble
to a dynamic 70-piece orchestra.
THANK YOU ... Meridian Arts Foundation
The Meridian Symphony offers a heartfelt thank you to the Meridian Arts Foundation for a sizable bequest that will support and enhance the Symphony’s outreach programs for music students in the years ahead. The Foundation donated $4,542 to the Symphony as part of its efforts to distribute all funds under its control as it ceases operations. The one-time donation will be used to support the Symphony’s annual Young Artist Competition, now in its 18th year. Music students will be the direct beneficiaries, with enhanced prize money for winners of the Young Artists Competition. Thank you, Meridian Arts Foundation!
2023/2024 Concert Schedule
OCTOBER 28, 2023
Innovation and craftsmanship have long been integral to products created and produced in the United States. And that is especially true of the beautiful and evocative music from America’s composers.
The opening concert of our 33rd season features some of that homegrown music, including Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Williams’ “The Cowboys” overture and selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”Young Artist Competition winner, Hayoon Lee, also takes the stage to perform the first movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra.
Concert Venue: Kuna High School Performing Arts Center
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December 15 (Friday) and December 16 (Saturday), 2023
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but also the busiest, filled with expectations, events, and travel. We invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some of the season’s most beloved music at our annual holiday concert being performed on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Favorite selections include Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” songs from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Hess’s “Christmas Overture” Lovrien’s whimsical “Minor Alterations” and Krogstad’s “The Bells of Christmas.” The Meridian High School choir will sing accompanied by the orchestra and Young Artist Competition winner, Darren Lu, will also be featured with his winning Mozart Piano Concerto.
Concert Venue: Meridian High School Performing Arts Center
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Don't you wish you could hear that one again? Our musicians agree, and this concert will be filled with pieces that we love to play and love for you to enjoy!! Some of these favorites include Bizet's Carmen, Haydn's Clock Symphony, Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Tchaikovsky's March Slave, along with other well-loved pieces. Also featured in this concert is the newest Young Artist Competition winner, Gunnar Henry. He will be performing his winning piece "Zigeunerweisen" op. 20 no.1 by Sarasate.
Concert Venue: Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12260 W McMillan Rd, Boise, ID
Final Regular Season Concert
MAY 4, 2024
Beautiful music from around the globe is featured in our final concert of the regular season, aptly titled “Here, There, Everywhere.” Selections include Resphigi’s famous tone poem, “The Pines of Rome,” which depicts four settings in
the Eternal City, Strauss’s “Emperor Waltz,” composed as a symbolic toast of friendship from Austria-Hungary to the German Empire, and Gould’s lively Latin American Symphonette, based on the dance rhythms of rhumba, tango, guaracha and conga.
Concert Venue: To be announced
MARCH 2, 2024
Outdoor Community Concert
JUNE 8, 2024
Presented by the City of Meridian
This family-friendly free concert, part of the City of Meridian's annual Gene Kleiner Day will feature some of the orchestra's "greatest hits". Bring a picnic, a blanket or a chair and enjoy!
Concert Venue: Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park bandshell,
1900 N. Records Avenue, Meridian ID