The 2021-2022 Season!

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Worth the wait, our 46th Anniversary Season beginning in November 2021, was put together by Maestro Wardell to feature great masterworks, hidden gems, and the best of pops with guest appearances by nationally-renowned soloists. Following the artistic growth of our orchestra our 2021-22 season will add a 6th subscription concert!  This means even more great artistic output by the musicians of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra as they grow and play more incredible music for you to enjoy!

Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to be a season subscriber! While our single ticket prices per concert will increase to keep up with the increasing costs of live artists, music royalties, and productions, we are offering significant discounts to our season subscribers!

By being an OSO Subscriber, you save as much as 42% over buying single tickets! As a newly added benefit, our OSO’s season subscribers will receive early ticket access to other Reilly Arts Center events that include local, regional and national artists.

The Concerts

Variations on Opening Night
Saturday, November 20 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, November 21 – 3:00 PM
Your full orchestra returns to the stage in epic fashion as we unveil the Reilly’s historic expansion and welcome a new season of great music. Pianist Jasmin Arakawa joins the OSO for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the variation theme continues with music from Ives and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Sponsored by Roberts of Ocala Downtown Chapel.

Pops! Goes the Holidays
Saturday, December 4 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, December 5 – 3:00 PM
Back by popular demand, the OSO will bring Howard Blake’s score to the animated short film, The Snowman, to life, live along with the film itself! You can expect sleigh rides and sing-alongs, and hopefully a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, too!

The Four Temperaments
Saturday, January 29 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, January 30 – 3:00 PM
Raymond Chobaz leads the orchestra through a psychological tour with Nielsen’s incredible Symphony No. 2 – The Four Temperaments! PLUS experience the world premiere piece, “Symphony of Selves” by award-winning composer Paul Richards!

90 Years of John Williams
Saturday, February 19 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, February 20 – 3:00 PM
Join the OSO in celebrating John Williams’ 90th birthday with a review of his extensive film catalogue including scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T., JAWS, Superman and more!

The Unfinished
Saturday, March 19 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, March 20 – 3:00 PM
The winners of our Young Artist Competition take the stage with the OSO along with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade and Schubert’s incredible B minor symphony, The Unfinished.

21st Century Anthology
Saturday, April 9 – 7:30 PM & Sunday, April 10 – 3:00 PM
Our maestro is often asked, “What works written today will be played in 100 years?” This concert is his answer! Missy Mazzoli’s tribute to the city of Detroit, River Rouge Transfiguration, and Michael Daugherty’s piece in memory of his father, Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba and Orchestra, will leave you in awe during the first half of the concert. For the finale, Mason Bates’ The Anthology of Fantastic Zoology will showcase every section of the orchestra as he musically illustrates the fantastical creatures of Jorge Luis Borges’ 1957 Book of Imaginary Beings. This music is unforgettable and an instant masterpiece of our time.

Special Events

Symphony Under the Lights
Friday, December 3 – 7:00 PM
Hot chocolate, family, friends, and festive music! What more could one ask for? The OSO and members of the Ocala Youth Symphony bring this joyful annual free concert to the community under the incredible oaks of Tuscawilla Park. Bring a blanket or chair!

Bowie and Glass Return
Saturday, March 5 – 7:30 PM
The return of one of our favorite collaborations in the history of the OSO: The indelible music of David Bowie and composer Philip Glass. The OSO and the Voltron Collective team up to bring you Glass’ Symphony No. 4 Heroes juxtaposed with the Bowie songs that inspired it (and all of us!) Originally presented in spring of 2019, this has been our most requested repeat concert – don’t miss it!

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, April 24 – 3:00 PM
Our wonderful choir master and conductor, Joshua Mazur, returns to lead the combined orchestra and choir through Handel’s Messiah and selection from Handel’s Water Music!

Symphony Under the Stars presented by Fine Arts For Ocala
Sunday, May 8 – 7:00 PM
Event takes place at the Ocala Golf Course.

Coffee with the Conductor at the Marion Theatre

Join Maestro Matthew Wardell for a cup of coffee and in-depth conversation about an upcoming OSO performance! Together you will take a closer look at how the pieces and composers are connected, crafted, and the real stories behind the music. This is an opportunity to really connect to the music before enjoying the pieces live!

January 14 – 10:00 AM
The Four Temperaments with guest conductor Raymond Chobaz
February 4 – 10:00 AM
90 Years of John Williams
February 25 – 10:00 AM
Bowie and Glass Return with Adam Volpe from Voltron Collective
March 11 – 10:00 AM
The Unfinished
April 1 – 10:00 AM
21st Century Anthology

Purchase A Season Subscription

Join us for our most exciting season yet! Whether you choose to attend our 7 PM Saturday concerts or 3 PM Sunday concerts you’ll be in for a great season of masterworks, pops, and guests soloists! Purchase online or call our box office at 352-351-1606.

Become A Subscriber

Renew Your Subscription

As a current symphony subscriber you can renew your subscription until July 6, 2021. The patron portal is an easy place to renew your subscription tickets, please follow along with the steps below.

  1. Log in at the top right corner of our website by clicking on the “Member Login” button and then the “Log in” button. (Your username is the email associated with your ticket purchase.)
  2. Once the username and password are entered you should see your patron dashboard.
  3. You will then click on “My Profile” under the “Hi ____” tab and see the Subscription Renewal page.
  4. You will click on Renew to confirm your seats, make any note of changes and give payment.

If you experience trouble logging in please contact our box office at 352-351-1606 or via email at


Upcoming Orchestra Concerts



Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals give families and students an opportunity to enjoy the orchestra in a relaxed environment, while experiencing an educational, behind-the-curtain view on how a symphony prepares for a professional concert!

Guests will hear from the conductor, watch our musicians up close, and can attend at their own speed! We encourage student groups and families to join us and take advantage of this unique event. During our season Friday night rehearsals begin at 7PM and the orchestra will begin rehearsing pieces they are playing for the upcoming concert. Guests are welcomed to stay for as long as they like. While Open Rehearsals are more relaxed than a formal orchestra performance, we do ask that all guests maintain concert manners and respect our musicians and conductor.

Open rehearsal are free and open to the public. While there are no tickets, we appreciate knowing that you plan to attend! We do serve snacks on a first come first serve basis, so if interested please email and let us know you’ll be joining us.

6:30 PM – Lobby opens for snacks
7:00 PM – Symphony rehearsal begins in the auditorium

Open Rehearsals are presented by Ocala Electric Utility
Youth Programming Supported by The David and Lisa Midgett FoundationStan and Martha Hanson, and Drs. Betty Ann and Felipe Korzenny.

Upcoming Rehearsals:

Friday, November 19, 2021: Variations on Opening Night
Friday, January 28, 2022: The Four Temperaments
Friday, March 18, 2022: The Unfinished
Friday, April 8, 2022: 21st Century Anthology

Coffee with the Conductor at the Marion Theatre

Enjoy a cup of coffee with Matthew Wardell, OSO conductor, as he leads an in-depth discussion about the pieces and composers that will be featured at the OSO subscription concerts. Coffee with the conductor is free, and you do not need a ticket to the concert to attend – but we think by the end of coffee you will want to be there to experience the music!

November 5 – 10:00 AM
Variations on Opening Night
January 14 – 10:00 AM
The Four Temperaments with guest conductor Raymond Chobaz
February 4 – 10:00 AM
90 Years of John Williams
February 25 – 10:00 AM
Bowie and Glass Return with Adam Volpe from Voltron Collective
March 11 – 10:00 AM
The Unfinished
April 1 – 10:00 AM
21st Century Anthology

Coffee with the Conductor RSVP

Symphony for Schools

Each school year more than 10,000 students are visited through our Symphony for Schools program.

The Symphony for Schools program takes professional musicians into Marion County classrooms for a 30-minute fun and educational presentation. Our musicians demonstrate orchestral instruments, perform sections of pieces from Mozart to Moana, and get the students involved! The goal of the presentation is to give students an insight into the fun and empowering feelings that music and playing a musical instrument can bring. Are you interested in bringing Symphony for Schools to your school? Contact

Support the Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Arts for our Veterans

The Reilly partners with Vet Tix and Vets Helping Vets to provide complimentary tickets for Marion County veterans to performances that include rock, jazz, theatre, orchestra and more! Each July veterans are honored during our Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to Independence concert. 

Symphony for Schools

Each season, the OSO visits Marion County Elementary students for a curated music presentation. Students learn about the orchestra, hear instrument demonstrations and are welcomed to ask questions about music! 

Community Ticket Program

Through the Community ticket program, the Reilly gives tickets to local nonprofits so they can share the power of music with their clients and staff. 

Young Artist Competition

This competition invites promising young musicians from across the country to compete for the title of Young Artist Winner. Winners from the Junior and Senior categories go on to perform their concerto with the OSO at a Spring Subscription performance and receive a $1,000 cash prize. 

Open Rehearsals for Students and Families

Open rehearsals invite students and families to the Reilly Arts Center for free pizza, soda and an exciting behind-the-scenes experience as they join the OSO and Maestro Matthew Wardell during their final rehearsal before a weekend of concerts!


Support the Symphony


Program Ads for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Support the Ocala Symphony Orchestra as a program ad sponsor! These programs are seen by the 6,000 guests that attend our subscription concerts starting this November and ending in April. When you purchase a spot in our program your ad will appear in all five of our programs along with the opportunity to be recognized in our pre-program slideshows. Your program ad can be used to promote your business and your support of the OSO, however it works for you! Discounts are always encouraged when applicable and we have various sizes available to fit all budgets! This donation to the OSO will not only positively impact our community, but will give your business the opportunity to partner with the arts in Ocala. Click here to download a printable version of our ad contract.

Program Ad Form

Ads will be included in every program for the OSO’s 6 season subscription concerts from November to April, serving an average of 1,200 guests per concert weekend.

Concert Dates
Variations on Opening Night: November 20 & 21
Pops! Goes the Holidays: December 4 & 5
The Four Temperaments: January 29 & 30
90 Years of John Williams: February 19 & 20
The Unfinished: March 19 & 20
21st Century Anthology: April 9 & 10

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