Photographs courtesy of Chris Swisher

About Us

Now in its 73rd season, the Main Line Symphony Orchestra (MLSO) was founded on the principles of cultural preservation, educational outreach, and democratic organization that have made community musical ensembles a rich part of the American experience. Rehearsing and performing in the Philadelphia western suburb of Wayne, Pennsylvania, the orchestra draws dedicated musicians of all ages who seek the challenge of performing both standard orchestral literature and new compositions. Each year, members have the pleasure of accompanying professional soloists under the guidance of Music Director Don Liuzzi and Concertmaster Paul Arnold.

For many decades the MLSO has enjoyed a close relationship with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as local college and conservatory faculty. Liuzzi is Principal Timpanist in that orchestra. In his three years as MLSO music director, Liuzzi has strengthened this association by recruiting soloists from the Philadelphia Orchestra (including the MLSO’s previous concertmasters Paul Roby and Jason DePue). Predecessors to Liuzzi, Roby and DePue were Philadelphia Orchestra bassist Henry Scott and violinist Yumi Scott. Both generously served in the same capacities for twenty-seven years, setting the standard for an exceptional orchestra committed to recruiting, welcoming, and mentoring players; serving the cultural needs of the community; and providing warm and engaging musical encounters for audiences from all walks of life.

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About Us

JAMES DEITZ MEMORIAL YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION

Sponsored by The Main Line Symphony Orchestra.

The James Deitz Memorial Concerto Competition Winners for 2018 - 2019

Sabine Jung, Cello The first of our Deitz contest winners to perform is a junior at Unionville High School, and studies with Priscilla Lee of Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra. Sabine has served as associate principal cellist in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and was selected as principal cellist in the National Youth Orchestra 2 in the 2015-16 season.

Angelina Phillips, Violin Our second Deitz contest winner to perform, also 17 years old, currently studies with Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Angelina has won a number of awards in regional contests, serves as Co-Concertmaster of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, plays in the first violin section of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and in the Settlement Music School’s Trowbridge String Quartet. Her interests also include Bluegrass fiddling and playing the piano.

Previous James Deitz Memorial Concerto Competition Winner:

Sasha He, who was a junior at Radnor High School, was the first Deitz competition winner. She performed the finale of the Elgar Cello Concerto with MLSO on February 27, 2018.

Auditions for the 2019-2020 James Deitz Memorial Young Artist Competition will be held in May/June 2019.

Please check back for details, or email info@mlso.org for more information on the upcoming competition.

Recent News

July 18, 2018 - Mainline Media News

The Main Line Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Don Liuzzi, performed the Pennsylvania debut performance of “Emergent Universe Oratorio” by composer Sam Guarnaccia. Mainline Media News.

June 24, 2018 - Indian Crest Middle School, Souderton PA

It stormed outside, but our spirits were not dampened! We enjoyed playing a concert of light classical pieces, waltzes and polkas to a wonderful audience as part of the Concert Sundaes series. concertsundaes.com Concert Sundaes

April 2, 2017 - MLSO in the Local News
The Tredyffrin Township has written an article about some of the MLSO members who live in the Township.

Please read the article and learn more about our members at here.

May 5, 2016 - The Philadelphia Tribune
Local musician makes Main Line Symphony Orchestra history

Listen

Don Liuzzi talks about the soloists, narrators, and selecting its theme - “Speaking the Music”

Podcast

Podcast from the Main Line Symphony Orchestra's March 18, 2016 Concert

Podcast

Podcast from the Main Line Symphony Orchestra's May 6, 2016 Concert

Podcast

2018 - 2019 Concert Schedule

Each of our concerts starts at 8:00 PM. Unless otherwise noted, we always perform at Valley Forge Middle School. The school closing number is 854. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change.

Concert Venues
Valley Forge Middle School: 105 West Walker Rd, Wayne, PA 19087
Keneseth Israel Reform Congregation: 8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Concert #1

Friday, November 2, 2018

  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival
  • Elgar: A Voice in the Wilderness with Soprano and Narrator
    Narrator: Mikael Eliasen
    Soloist: Sophia Hunt, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Dvorak: Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra
    Soloist: Amy Oshiro-Morales, Violin
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op.73

Special Concert at the Keneseth Israel Temple in Elkins Park

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Concert #2

Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Verdi: Overture to "La Forza del Destino"
  • Schwantner, Joseph: New Morning for the World with Narrator
    Narrator: Charlotte Blake Alston
  • Dvorak: Violoncello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, Mvt. 1
    Soloist: Sabine Jung, Violoncello
    The James Deitz Memorial Concerto Competition Winner
  • Strauss, Richard: Death and Transfiguration

Concert #3

Friday, May 3, 2019

  • Bernstein: Suite from "On the Waterfront"
  • Copland, Aaron: Lincoln Portrait with Narrator
    Narrator: Brent Celek
  • Saint-Saens: Havanese, Op.104, Mvt. 1
    Soloist: Angelina Phillips, Violin
    The James Deitz Memorial Concerto Competition Winner
  • Thompson, Randall: 2nd Symphony

Concert Videos

Alexander Borodin

In the Steppes of Central Asia

From Concert #2, (The Russian Soul), Friday, March 18, 2016

Nikolai Rimsky

Korsakov: Scheherazade

From Concert #2, (The Russian Soul), Friday, March 18, 2016