The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Has Brought Live Classical Music to the New Jersey Shore Since 1948
- One of the most venerable symphony orchestras in New Jersey, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra began as the Spring Lake Sinfonietta in 1948, and performed concerts at Long Branch High School and the Spring Lake Community Playhouse.
- The orchestra changed its name the following year to "Monmouth Little Symphony" and, as it grew in competence and stature, to the "Monmouth Symphony Orchestra" in 1960.
- The orchestra has performed in numerous locations throughout the metropolitan area including the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, and Carnegie Hall.
- The newly renovated Paramount Theater in Asbury Park was the residence of the orchestra from 1995 through 2001.
- In 2002, the orchestra returned to the Count Basie Theatre.
- In 2016, the symphony found a new concert venue in the beautiful Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center in Neptune.
- In 2018, we introduced the "MSO on the Go" and now feature different locations in Monmouth County, each uniquely special, for our live performances.
- Over the years, such distinguished international artists as Beth Levin, Julius Baker, Gary Graffman, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Janos Starker have performed with the orchestra, along with many well-known New Jersey musicians, including Jameson Platte, Garry Ianco, Ron Levy, Vladislav Kovalsky, Greg Giannascoli, Helen Benham, and composer-performer Timothy Broege.