Battle Creek Symphony History
oldest orchestra played its first concert on February 16, 1899.
Conductor John B. Martin combined the local German orchestra
with his music students for the performance. Martin conducted
the all-volunteer orchestra for the next 40 years.
The 100th season in 1998-1999 featured world-class guest artists,
record attendance, and tributes by local and national leaders.
The season culminated in a performance of Beethoven’s
“Ode to Joy,” followed by a gala reception
hosted by the Symphony Guild. Attending was Olive Gould Parkes,
student of founder John B. Martin, daughter of Raymond Gould,
wife of Roger Parkes, and concertmaster of the orchestra from
1939 to 1976. In 1992, the orchestra innaugurated an annual
children’s concert for up to 2,000 area second graders.
In 1996, the Symphony launched its Community Music School program.
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Direction : Corner of Mc Camly St. & W. Van Buren. Auditorium is attached to W.K. Kellogg Jr High School. W.K. Kellogg Auditorium is across from Willard Libary Parking Lot & Clara's Restruant. Take I-94 to business loop M-66 North Bound. Turn west onto W. Van Buren approximately 3 blocks.
Myth #1. Symphony Concerts are not affordable. In fact, you can get tickets for as low as $8 per ticket!
Myth #2. Symphony Concerts are boring. Symphony music is some of the most exciting and dramatic music ever written. That's why so many movie scores are inspired by symphonic classics.
Myth #3. Concerts are stuffy and long. Our typical concerts are less than two hours and have an upbeat, multi-media approach.Myth #4. You have to wear a suit and a tie to go to a concert. Come as you like. Some folks like to dress up, others prefer a more casual look. Myth #5. You can only applaud at certain times. We love your applause!
Click here for some excerpts from past Battle Creek Symphony performances
2013-2014 Season Preview
Excerpts from the Battle Creek Symphony's performance of "The Planets"