In 1935, in the midst of the depression, which affected Sedalia severely, Abe Rosenthal, along with some other music-loving citizens, formed the Sedalia Symphony Society and established a Symphony orchestra, which, is the second oldest in Missouri..
The mission of the Society shall be to enrich the musical and cultural life of the Sedalia area by producing an annual series of concerts and programs and by presenting outstanding guest artists. The organization shall have specific goals from time to time adopted by its Board of Directors in order to accomplish its mission.
The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout Missouri. In addition to financial assistance, it provides expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media) and more.