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MAESTRO TSUNG YEH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

South Bend, IN: After  twenty-seven years of  directing the South  Bend Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Tsung Yeh, Music Director and Conductor,  announced he will be retiring at the conclusion of the  2015-2016 season. He will continue as Artistic Advisor  until June 2017.

Beginning in 2002,  Yeh  has also served as  Music Director of the Singapore Chinese  Orchestra. He is the  first person ever  to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and  a Chinese orchestra simutaneously. He was awarded the prestigious  Cultural Medallion by the President  of Singapore in  2013, the highest honor  that country bestows  for cultural contributions.

His outstanding talent as a conductor was recognized by several  major  orchestras in the United States  and abroad where he served  as  guest conductor and taught  conducting classes.   In 1991,  Tsung  Yeh successfully led  the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  replacing the indisposed Daniel Barenboim in a program featuring Alfred Brendal as the  piano soloist. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  Philharmonique  de Radio France,  the  Minnesota Orchestra, China  National Symphony, and the Taipei  Symphony Orchestra.

Under  his leadership and musical  direction,  the South Bend Symphony Orchestra has become one  of the finest regional  orchestras in  the  United States.  In 1995,  Yeh and the Orchestra were honored with the  American Society of  Composers, Authors and Publishers  (ASCAP) award for Excellence in Programming and Performing.

"Audiences love his warm personality, sense of humor and  outstanding musical  skill,"  said Ryan Matthys, President of the Orchestra Association Board  of Directors. "We offer  our heartfelt appreciation  for the unique gifts  and talents  he has so generously shared with the South  Bend community and the Michiana region.   For most people in our area,  he is the South Bend  Symphony. He will be genuinely missed."

Maestro Yeh  intends  to continue as Music Director  of the Singapore Orchestra and to  continue his world-wide guest conducting and  teaching.  He will reside in Chicago with  his family after the conclusion  of the 2015-2016 concert  season.

A committee will be appointed  later this year  to begin the international search  for a new conductor.


Review: Ben Folds rocks South Bend
Monday, June 1, 2015 SouthBendTribune.com SOUTH BEND - Saturday's main stage concert with Ben Folds and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra made fans of both outfits happy. Folds' pop-rock tunes were at the center, but the orchestral arrangements elevated them to something more than your typical pop concert. This was best illustrated in Folds' opener, "Effington," a song that celebrates small town life. In the song, there's a musical breakdown ("I've got this movie in my mind of Effington/and the soundtrack to it sounds like this") that's normally filled with a little piano riff. The SBSO, however, gave it more gravity and showcased what Folds can do when he's got a 60-plus band behind him.
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BEN FOLDS TO HEADLINE SB150 BIRTHDAY WEEKEND CONCERT

Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that celebrated pianist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds will perform with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Tsung Yeh as part of the SB150 Birthday Weekend.

Folds, who was the lead singer of the alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five, will headline the May 23 concert to be held at an outdoor main stage at Century Center, 120 South Saint Joseph Street.

"We are thrilled to have Ben Folds headlining the city’s 150th birthday party concert," Mayor Pete Buttigieg says. "His performance will be a highlight as our community celebrates South Bend’s past, present, and future."

Jane Hunter, SBSO Executive Director, described the concert as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a symphony of our size. We are thrilled to be a part of the city’s celebration."

Tickets may be purchased for $10 and $25 at the Morris Performing Arts Center box office Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, 574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415, or online at morriscenter.ticketforce.com



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