A Symphonic Fairy Tale

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is a treasure of the Bloomington music and performing arts scene. For their forty-seventh year, the BSO gives us Once Upon a Time, a season dedicated to music as a form of story-telling. In honor of this theme, I, too, want to tell a story, one about the history of the BSO, and it starts, as all good stories do, with…


Once upon a time (1969 to be exact), an ambitious young man named Geoffrey Simon left his home in Melbourne, Australia, to study music at Indiana University. During his first semester, Simon discovered, to his dismay, that this little town of Bloomington offered very few opportunities for musical performance outside of the university.  Rather than just be discouraged by what he found, this impetuous graduate student decided start a community symphony orchestra open to all serious musicians regardless of their profession.

Simon soon Read more