The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), now in its historic 30th season, is Miami's hometown professional symphony and a valuable contributor to Miami's cultural fabric. With 80 professional musicians selected from around the world, MISO represents the exceptional talent and diversity that mirrors South Florida's international and multicultural richness. With national and world premieres becoming more common, MISO is a source of growing local pride and support.
The mission of The Miami Symphony Orchestra is to present symphonic music of consistently high performance standards to a culturally diverse audience, and in a variety of settings and formats, with the aim of educating, engaging, and enriching the community of one of the world’s most international cities.
The orchestra's 2018/2019 season will comprise of eleven programs to be performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center - Knight Concert Hall, the Moore Building Elastika at Miami Design District, Doral Park, Bass museum and Palm Court at MDD. In addition to the concert season, the not-for-profit Symphony has conducted in its headquarters arts and education program for children at no cost, such as MISO Summer Camp, and Miso Children Voices and Ensemble. The Symphony also provides low- or no-cost tickets to students, senior citizens, first responders, active military and veterans in South Florida.
Founded in 1989 by the late Manuel Ochoa, since 2006 the baton has been in the hands of Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor acclaimed across three continents. Maestro Marturet envisions MISO as a world-class professional symphony anchored in Miami. He states that "ultimately MISO belongs to the community, and our job is to raise the artistic level each and every year. Because of our loyal fans and supporters, our future looks bright as the glow of the great city of Miami."
MISO's energy and talent are significantly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council.