2020–2021 Season Highlights

Details are subject to change. Check the website for updates. * Denotes ticketed season event.

Union Symphony Orchestra
Deanna Tham, Music Director

Pops On The Quad
Friday, September 11, 2020, 6:30 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
MILLER Moonlight Serenade
BEACH BOYS Beach Boys Medley
SINATRA Salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes
Wingate University



Join us for this family-friendly event.
Picnics and lawn chairs welcome.
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Fanfare! *
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:30 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
Dukas, Fanfare to La Peri
Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni
Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
The Dowd Center Theatre
Downtown Monroe


We will bring you some of the rockstars of the repertoire, showcasing some of their most impactful works — dazzling your senses and flexing all of your emotions. Read More.






Phenomenal Women *
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 4 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
Mendelsshon-Hensel, Overture in C Major
Larsen, Deep Summer Music
Coleman, Phenomenal Women
Tower, Made in America
Higdon, Amazing Grace
Beach, Symphony in E minor, “Gaelic” 


The Dowd Center Theatre
Downtown Monroe

Photo of Rupi Kaur, poet

This concert is one of music written by all female composers. Overlooked and under appreciated in the written history of music until recently, women have a unique voice — seeing the world as they hold it up from behind the front lines.  Read More.






The Orchestra’s Voice *
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 7:30 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Beethoven, Ruins of Athens: Turkish March
                   Ruins of Athens: Overture
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5



Composers throughout the history of music have been inspired by the human voice. They have always strived to achieve the extraordinary sensation from their work that a single sung note or spoken word can awaken from the depths of our emotions. Even those such as Mozart yearned for an instrumental equivalent and became obsessed with the clarinet because he thought it was such. With this concert, we honor the inspiration that the orchestra draws human voice and its ability to warm even the weariest of hearts. Read More.


Art, Music, and Film *
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
Offenbach, Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Delius, On hearing the first cuckoo in spring
Debussy, Petite Suite
Elgar, Chanson de Matin,Chanson de Nuit
Model, One Week
The Dowd Center Theatre
Downtown Monroe

Join us as we close out the Downtown Monroe Art Walk by celebrating all of the great work that has come from inspiration across the arts. Read More.





Pops on the Plaza
Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 7 PM
Deanna Tham, music director
Main Street Plaza
Downtown Monroe





Union Symphony Orchestra performs for this family-friendly event. Union Symphony Youth Orchestra and Prelude Junior String Orchestra are also featured. Patriotic selections along with latin music will be performed.
Picnics and lawn chairs welcome.











Technology: From Simple Machines to Space *
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 11 AM
Deanna Tham, music director
Horwood, Amusement Park Suite
Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries
Holst, Mars from the Planets
The Dowd Center Theatre
Downtown Monroe


The USO is proud to present a special concert in conjunction with the Monroe Science Center JUST for FAMILIES! Read More.