The mission of Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is to keep classical music alive and thriving on Minnesota’s Iron Range. The musicians of MSO are committed to artistic excellence, community, and lifelong learning.

MSO presents a total of six concerts per year, comprising of three concert series and two performances per series. Performances are in Virginia, Eveleth, Hibbing and Ely. One of these concert series is a Young People’s Concert that is the culmination of an in-school arts education project for students in 18 area elementary schools.

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The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra would like to take you to the movies this November. Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Forrest Gump, West Side Story, Gladiator,and The King's Speech are all on the marquis. These concerts will be the performance debut of our new Artistic Director and Conductor, Ben Nilles.

Peformances are Saturday night, November 19, at 7:00pm in Hibbing High School's Auditorium and Sunday matinee the next day, November 20 at 2:30pm, in Virginia High School's Goodman Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door: $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 student. Free student tickets available from a music teacher or here. A limited number of FREE adult tickets are available at local libraries, courtesy of the Legacy Fund.

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MSO Hires New Artistic Director and Conductor

Benjamin Nilles HeadshotMesabi Symphony Orchestra is pleased to introduce its new artistic director and conductor for the upcoming season. Benjamin Nilles comes to us from the Oklahoma City University faculty, where he has been the music director and conductor of the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra greatly expanded its exposure in the region. Mr. Nilles has been very focused on community involvement and outreach, things that will be helpful to MSO as we try to grow our audiences and expand our reach across the Iron Range. Mr. Nilles' full biography can be found here.

The musicians of MSO are looking forward to another exciting season under new artistic leadership. Click here to view our concert season information.

Mesabi Chamber Ensemble

Are you a string player who hasn’t played for years; or are you an adult beginner? Perhaps you are busy with work and family obligations. Well, we have a fun and informal musical opportunity for you. The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring an adult training/re-training class. We will meet during the orchestra season on Monday’s right after work from 5:30-6:30pm in the Eveleth-Gilbert High School Band room, located on the Eveleth campus. All you need is yourself and your instrument. Music, instruction, and camaraderie will be provided. Your children are welcome; just let me know if they need supervision. For more information or to register, please contact Sheila Wilcox by phone at 290-9877 or by email at We hope to see you soon!!





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