Photographs courtesy of Chris Swisher

About Us

Now in its 72nd 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 Jason DePue.

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, and DePue is a member of its first violin section. 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 concertmaster, Paul Roby). Predecessors to Liuzzi and Roby were Philadelphia Orchestra bassist Henry Scott and violinist Yumi Scott, who 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.

We hope you will add your name to our mailing list. We look forward to seeing you at our next concert!

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Please join us this summer for two MLSO performances!


Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at the Souderton Community Park

Enjoy family fun and an outdoor concert of light classical pieces, waltzes and polkas as the Main Line Symphony performs in the Maurice W. Foulke bandshell as part of the Concert Sundaes series. In case of rain, venue is the Souderton High School. For information, visit ConcertSundaes.Com

Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 PM at St Thomas Church on the Villanova Campus

The Main Line Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Don Liuzzi, will perform the Pennsylvania debut performance of “Emergent Universe Oratorio” by composer Sam Guarnaccia. The performance is open to the public; for tickets and more information, visit BigHistory.Org

JAMES DEITZ MEMORIAL YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION

Sponsored by The Main Line Symphony Orchestra.


AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz
738 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

The competition is open to vocal or orchestral students who reside in the Tri-State area, including Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

The winner will perform with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra during the 2018 - 2019 season and will also receive a cash award.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 12, 2018

Students will receive notification of the acceptance of their application and audition time by June 2, 2018.

For more information, contact MLSO.alert@gmail.com or visit www.mlso.org

Please read and fill out the application here.

Recent Press

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

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

Tentative 2018-2019 Concert Schedule

Each of our concerts starts at 8:00 PM. Unless otherwise noted, we always perform at Valley Forge Middle School, located at 105 West Walker Rd, Wayne, PA 19087. The school closing number is 854. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change.

Concert #1

Friday, November 2, 2018

  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival
  • Elgar: A Voice in the Wilderness with Soprano and Narrator
    Soloist: TBD
  • Dvorak: Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op.73

Special Concert at the Kenneseth Israel Temple in Elkins Park

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Concert #2

Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Verdi: Overture to "La Forza del Destino"
  • Schwantner, Joseph: New Morning for the World with Narrator
  • The James Deitz Memorial Concerto Competition Winner
  • Strauss, Richard: Death and Transfiguration

Concert #3

Friday, May 3, 2019

  • Bernstein: MSuite from "On the Waterfront"
  • Copland, Aaron: Lincoln Portrait with Narrator
  • 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