About Miso - English
The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), now in its historic 35th season, is Miami’s Official Symphony Orchestra of the City of Miami and a valuable contributor to Miami’s cultural fabric. With 90 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.
2020 was a life-changing year. The global pandemic impacted us all negatively, leaving us uncertain of the future. We were shaken by the pandemic, but it only made us stronger than ever before.
From its origin, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has been composed of a diverse group of musicians and staff.
Throughout the years, MISO has had musicians of many national and racial backgrounds: Afro-descendants, Asian, American, European, and Hispanic/Latin. Furthermore, MISO concerts and performances feature music from all around the world!
MISO stands for diversity, inclusion, and equality. No matter who we are or where we come from, we stand together to achieve MISO’s mission of offering high-quality musical programs and using music to make an impact in our diverse, multicultural community!
On July 4th, 2022, Mayor Francis Suárez proclaimed MISO as the official symphony orchestra of the city of Miami! In his statements to the local media, the mayor expressed:
“ As a Miamian, I am proud of the wide cultural offer of our city and the Miami Symphony Orchestra is a fundamental part of the local culture”.
“ We are extremely honored to receive this recognition and to be acknowledged for our local impact”. Said Maestro Eduardo Marturet
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.
Its new headquarters is located in The Miami Design District, one of the most emblematic areas of the city. The Miami Symphony Orchestra has undoubtedly made history as it positions itself as a solid organization committed to the city of Miami and that will serve as a floor to develop future talents in the area of music and arts; while delighting the citizens of a vibrant city that is constantly changing and evolving in the cultural scene.
The orchestra’s 2023/2024 season will comprise of three programs to be performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Knight Concert Hall, Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, Doral Park, and a special Chamber Music Series performed in MISO Headquarters in the Miami Design District. In addition to the concert season, the not-for-profit Symphony has conducted in its headquarters arts and education programs 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. During his 16-year tenure, Maestro Marturet has taken MISO into the world-class professional symphony of 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.