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South Bend Symphony Orchestra kicks off season with Masterworks
Masterworks Series concert featuring original piece
commissioned to celebrate 150th anniversary of city

Concert also features guest trumpet player Brandon Ridenour from Canadian Brass and Berlioz'passionate Symphonie Fantastique

SOUTH BEND (Sept. 3, 2015) - Music Director Tsung Yeh will kick off his farewell season with the Masterworks Series performance of Symphonie Fantastique on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

The concert will open with a piece commissioned by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and written by former Orchestra tuba player Jerry Lackey. Titled Celebration 150, the piece celebrates the city’s 150th anniversary, which makes this performance an official SB150 event.


South Bend Symphony Orchestra announces
Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev as new Executive Director

Rakhmatullaev to begin her tenure on Sept. 28

SOUTH BEND (Sept. 9, 2015) - South Bend Symphony Orchestra has hired a 15-year veteran of the classical music and performing arts industries to serve as its Executive Director, beginning with the 2015-2016 season. Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev, who will officially begin on Sept. 28, most recently served as Development Officer with the Houston Symphony.


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.


Review: Ben Folds rocks South Bend
Monday, June 1, 2015 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.


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

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