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Labor Day Pops

Labor Day Pops

Date September 2, 2024Time 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmVenue The Devon Lakeshore AmphitheaterOrganizer Millikin-Decatur Symphony OrchestraCategory Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) Symphony Orchestra Guild of DecaturTag Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Dr. William McClain labor day concert Labor Day Pops Masterworks MDSO Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur

Enjoy an evening of music at the MDSO Labor Day Pops Concert on September 2, 2024 at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. Experience beloved tunes from films, musicals, and American patriotic classics. Don't miss this family-friendly outdoor concert celebration. #MDSOPopsS...

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Introducing William McClain

William McClain is the Music Director and Conductor of the MDSO and offers a candid conversation about his life, training, and inspirations.

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Engaging audiences

Our mission is to provide an ever-increasing level of artistry and audience appreciation.

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Educating generations

The Guild encourages educational opportunities that include all segments of our population.

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Supporting musicians

We are passionate about promoting and supporting symphonic music in Decatur, IL and beyond.

Join the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur

Membership in the Guild is a great way to support music in the Decatur area, including the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Decatur Youth Orchestra, and music in Decatur schools. Plus, Guild members get exclusive perks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur the same thing as the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra?

The Guild was formed in 1974 by a group of residents in Decatur, Illinois, to provide financial support and service to the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, educational opportunities for young students and adults, and scholarships for musical opportunities for students.

Each year the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur (SOGD) provides a grant to the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) to help augment the financial budget provided by Millikin University. This additional source of funding helps with the musicians’ expenses, music rental, and helping with expenses for guest performers.

What does the Guild do?

The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur sponsors the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, provides Symphony Orchestra Guild scholarships and live performances in schools, promotes the instrument library, organizes instrument petting zoos, and sponsors the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra.

What is the Guild's purpose?

The Guild purpose is to promote and provide support for the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, provide educational opportunities for young people and adults and provide scholarships for student’s musical opportunities.

How much does it cost to join the Guild?

There is a level of Guild Membership for every budget:

  • Ivory Baton Circle $30 – $59
  • Silver Baton Circle $60 –$119
  • Gold Baton Circle $120 – $249
  • Conductor’s Circle $250 – $499
  • President’s Circle $500 – $999
  • Orchestra Circle $1,000 and up

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How do I buy concert tickets?

Visit the Kirkland Fine Arts Center website to purchase single concert tickets. If you would like to purchase Season Tickets with Preferred Seating, consider becoming a Guild member! Learn more about joining the Guild here.

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A donation to the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Illinoisans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Illinois home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for the Guild.

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