|The Miami Symphony Orchestra
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Web site: http://www.themiso.org/
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MISO, The Miami Symphony Orchestra, was founded in 1989 by Maestro Manuel Ochoa. With 80 professional musicians selected from the finest artists from around the world, MISO, Miamiís flagship orchestra, represents the exceptional talent and diversity that mirrors this cityís own international and multicultural richness.
Today, MISO is celebrating its 21st season as Miami's flagship professional orchestra. This season, it will present fourteen concert programs reflecting the full range of the classical canon, interwoven with newer works by contemporary composers, including national and world premieres.
Throughout the season, the symphony brings outstanding guest artists to Miami, showcasing virtuoso talent drawn from all corners of the globe. MISO takes its music beyond the concert halls and performs at Art Basel and other venues. In 2000, The Miami Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Ochoa, traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall, receiving an energetic standing ovation.
Starting in 1997, MISO has offered an in-school arts and education program for elementary students in Miami-Dade Public Schools. Recently, MISO treated music students at South Miami Middle School to an electrifying musical experience with performances by A Time for Three, one of America's most outstanding string trios. As part of its community education and outreach focus, MISO provides free or specially priced seating to students and senior citizens to ensure they have access to professional classical music experiences of the highest quality.
In March 2003, the flag of the United States was flown over the U.S. Capitol building in honor of The Miami Symphony's founder, Maestro Manuel Ochoa. This tribute to his artistry and passionate dedication to classical music proved an exceptionally notable occasion as MISO is the first major symphony founded in the United States by a Latin conductor.
Since 2006, the baton has been in the hands of Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor acclaimed on three continents. Maestro Marturet envisions MISO as a world-class professional symphony anchored in Miami.
Currently, MISO receives grants from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and is designated a Major Cultural Organization. The Orchestra also receives grants from The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.