Mobile Symphony Orchestra
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra holds a 9 concert season from September to May of each year. The season consists of 6 traditional classical concerts, and 3 "pops series" concerts. Annual traditions include Beethoven and Blue Jeans in November, and Holiday Pops in December. The orchestra has performed repertoire from all musical styles and periods, and has hosted many world-renowned artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Evelyn Glennie.
The roots of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra date back to 1970, with the establishment of Symphony Concerts of Mobile. In 1996, the organization's board began planning the development of a full-time professional orchestra to permanently reside in Mobile. In 1997, the name of the company was changed to "Mobile Symphony, Inc," and in 1998 the orchestra held its first concert season. The Symphony's first and current music director, Scott Speck, was named in 2000. In 2002, under the leadership of mayor Michael Dow, the company acquired a building at 257 Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, which became the Larkins Music Center. The building includes office space, a large recital hall, practice rooms, meeting facilities, and a landscaped courtyard. The building also has a connection to the historic Mobile Saenger Theater, where the Orchestra performs all concerts.