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Leading ladies of Wicked cast join the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Broadway favorites on Valentine’s Day Weekend

SBSO will pay tribute to Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy and other Broadway classics

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (February 2016) - Celebrate the ‘Music of the Night’ as the cast of Broadway smash Wicked joins the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for a ‘gravity defying’ performance Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

The multitalented vocalists and former cast members of Wicked will perform fan-favorites from their Tony Award winning show and show stopping tunes from other Broadway classics including Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s wildly successful Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running production.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book bearing the same name as the musical, Wicked has been box office gold since its Broadway debut in 2003. The magic of the prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz has enchanted more than 38 million theatre goers, generated more than $3.1 billion in ticket sales and has cemented its place in history as the eleventh-longest running show in Broadway history. Wicked tells the story of two young women, Glinda the Good and her dearest friend Elphaba, who later transforms into the feared antagonist of The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West.

The two remarkable vocalists, in addition to other stars, travel the nation bringing the joys of Broadway to fans across the United States. The SBSO presents this Broadway-inspired evening in celebration of music and love on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Tickets start at $18 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O’Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen.  Tickets for full-time students are always $8 with photo ID.


South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Tsung Yeh present a program featuring Respighi’s famous works and welcome world renowned pianist Haochen Zhang

Concert is the first Masterworks Series performance in 2016 for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (January 2016) - The South Bend Symphony Orchestra and retiring Music Director Tsung Yeh will celebrate the start of a new year with the Masterworks Series concert on Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

The evening will open with Johannes Brahms’ popular Hungarian DanceNo. 6 and continue with his Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by world renowned pianist Haochen Zhang

Second half of the concert will feature two of Ottorino Respighi’s most famous works - Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome, The title work of this program, Pines of Rome, is a symphonic poem, penned by Italian composer in 1924. The piece serves as Respighi’s ode to Rome, with each of the four movements depicting the pine trees of the ancient republic at different points of the day, ranging from the crack of dawn to the eeriness of night. Respighi’s poem has been performed at concert halls across the world, including the storied Carnegie Hall, and is cited as a major source of inspiration for composer John Williams, best known for his award-winning compositions for the Star Wars saga, the Harry Potter series and Jaws.

Acclaimed piano virtuoso Haochen Zhang, who began his award-winning career at the age of 5, will be featured as the soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Zhang, a 25-year old native of Shanghai, China, became the youngest competitor to receive the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. He was the first Chinese citizen to participate in the famed music competition.

Tickets start at $18 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O’Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen.  Tickets for full-time students are always $8 with photo ID.


South Bend Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with IU South Bend, celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with special concert, featuring acclaimed young violinist

 This special performance will be led by Dr. Marvin V. Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend, and SBSO’s Music Director and Conductor Tsung Yeh

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (January 2016) - The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the legacy of groundbreaking leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program featuring works by African-American composers and sensational young violinist, and the Junior Division Winner of the 2015 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, , Hannah White.  The concert will be the culmination of a city-wide day-long celebration and will take place on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

This annual commemoration of the civil rights icon will be a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his tireless efforts in the name of equality and the lasting impact of his work, which manifests itself each day in the actions of Michiana residents and businesses, nearly half-a-century after his death in 1968.

Fifteen-year-old guest artist Hannah White already is a violin phenomenon, boasting a resume filled with well-reviewed solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra among others.

The concert will also feature the South Bend Symphonic Choir, IUSB Chorale, and IUSB Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Marvin V. Curtis, and SBSO’s Music Director and Conductor Tsung Yeh.

Tickets are only $5.00, FREE for students and kids, and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O’Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen. 

Support for this special performance is provided by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s African American Community Fund, Lexus of Mishawaka, Morris Performing Arts Center, NIPSCO, Saint Joseph Health System, and Transpo.


South Bend Symphony Orchestra pays homage to the timeless works of British composers

SBSO principal clarinetist Trevor O’Riordan will take on the complex solo of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (December 2015) - The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will embrace a second British musical invasion by celebrating the works of Gerald Finzi, William Walton and other noteworthy British composers Sunday, January 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The matinee will open with a rousing rendition of Fantasia on Greensleeves, a 1934 melody composed by Vaughan Williams, rich with soothing sounds and upbeat folk undertones. The title of the composition originally led many music historians to believe this piece was deeply rooted within the classic song Greensleeves, however, the jaunty melody was truly inspired by Lovely Joan, a popular British folk tune.

A jazzy performance of William Walton’s Facade, Suite No. 2 will close the performance. Facade, Suite No. 2 is a single segment of a much larger composition designed to accompany the works of poet - and fellow Brit - Edith Sitwell, Walton’s mentor. Conductor John Barbirolli and the famed New York Philharmonic debuted the second Suite in 1938, 12 years after the first Suite’s premiere in 1926, a performance which Walton himself conducted.

Talented SBSO principal clarinetist Tyler O’Riordan will take center stage as he artfully maneuvers the complex solo portion of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto. O’Riordan, an alumnus of the esteemed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, trained under some of the most highly respected clarinetist in the nation, including Jon Manasse, Kenneth Grant and Raphael Sanders, among others. In 2003, O’Riordan won the prestigious International Clarinet Association's Orchestra Audition Competition.

Tickets start at $35 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O’Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen.  Tickets for full-time students are always $8 with photo ID.


Maestro Tsung Yeh hosts his final Home for the Holidays, Dec. 19 and 20

Popular favorites such as Holly, Jolly Sing-Along, Ave Maria and Handel’s Messiah return

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Nov. 2016) - Tickets are now on sale for one of Michiana’s favorite holiday music traditions, Home for the Holidays, performed by South Bend Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

This will be long-time Music Director Tsung Yeh’s final Christmas spectacular appearance. Yeh, a native of Shanghai, China, is celebrating his 27th and final season with theorchestra.

“I look forward to experiencing my first Home for the Holidays,” said the new Executive Director Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev, who began her tenure with the at the end of September. “Family traditions are so important, especially during the holiday season. I am proud that so many Michiana-area families include these special SBSO concerts as a part of their tradition.”

The Orchestra is bringing back several holiday favorites including Sleigh Ride, A Holly Jolly Sing-Along, Ave Maria, and a joyous Hallelujah chorus from  Handel’s popular choral masterpiece, Messiah.

Internationally acclaimed soprano Kimberly Eileen Jones is the guest vocalist for this year’s Home for the Holidays. Jones’ breathtaking performances have been praised throughout her career, resulting in a litany of awards including a George London grant, two Sullivan grants and three grants from the MacAllister Awards Competition. Additionally, Jones was nominated for the NAACP’s Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Clara in the Houston Grand Opera’s international production of Porgy and Bess.

Tickets start at $16 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O’Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen.  Tickets for full-time students are always $8 with photo ID.


The South Bend Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of ABBA

Oct. 30 concert is the first performance of the KeyBank Pops Series

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  - Have the time of your life at the KeyBank Pops Series opener as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the music of ABBA Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by Jeans 'N Classics, the producers of last year's successful “Music of Queen,” for this upbeat, disco-inspired concert. Many of ABBA's most popular works, including Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia, a song which inspired a classic Broadway musical bearing the same name, will be performed.

Jeans 'N Classics' Stephanie Martin, Lis Soderberg, Katalin Kiss and Andrea Koziol are musicians dedicated to building and fostering an appreciation for orchestral music in the next generation.

World famous for their infectious lyrics and instantly-recognizable sound, ABBA's music has remained popular since the band's inception in 1972. ABBA, whose group album sales are second only to The Beatles, is widely regarded as the first band from a non-English speaking country to enjoy success in English-speaking nations. The group was active from 1972 - 1982, and comprised of Swedish musicians Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Tickets start at $18 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at 800.537.6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, O'Brien Recreation Center and TG Music in Goshen.  Tickets for full-time students are always $8 with photo ID.

Details for the full 2015 - 2016 season can be found at www.southbendsymphony.com.


Concertmaster Zofia Glaushauser leads the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, performs “Beethoven and Bruch"

October 25 concert is the first performance of the June H. Edwards Chamber Series

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Renowned violinist and South Bend Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Zofia Glaushauser joins the orchestra for the first installment of the June H. Edwards Chamber Series Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Glaushauser was classically trained on the violin in Krakow, Poland, before migrating to the United States to study music under the tutelage of Renata Knific at Western Michigan University, and later at Northwestern University under Almita Vamos. In addition to being the concertmaster for South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the assistant concertmaster at the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Glaushauser also maintains a private studio and teaches violin at the University of Notre Dame.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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