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Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) was created as a project of the Saginaw Department of Parks and Recreation in 1935 and has performed an annual concert series ever since. It was incorporated as a separate nonprofit corporation in 1953. At this time it also became one of the 50 orchestras who were named charter members of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

The Orchestra is a fully-professional ensemble which draws its members from throughout Michigan. In addition to its classical concerts, the Orchestra has produced a wide variety of chamber, pops, educational and historical concerts, as well as opera, ballet and modern dance. Nearly 5,000 community performers, over half of whom are children, have shared the stage with the Orchestra in performances over the years.

The SBSO has established a proud legacy of providing quality musicianship, innovative programming and excellent educational experiences to the people of Mid-Michigan.

In 2010, Brett Mitchell signed on as the Music Director, ushering in a whole new era for the SBSO. Between Mitchell's involvement, the perseverance of the Board and staff, and being housed at the beautiful Temple Theatre, the Orchestra has been on the incline for the last decade. With bold performances, full houses, and an ever expanding youth program, the Orchestra has become a staple in the community.


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