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Merry & Bright

Mendel Center

Dec 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Tis’ the season to celebrate with the SMSO! Join us for an engaging and interactive evening of merry making, beloved traditions, and a taste of holiday music from around the world. 

Midwest Family’s radio personality Zack East will invite kids onstage to enjoy a live reading of The Night Before Christmas brought to life with music accompaniment. Concert attendees are invited to enter a drawing for a chance to receive a quick and fun “Conducting 101” lesson onstage with Music Director Matt Aubin before leading our Orchestra on Sleigh Ride! (see details below).

A festive favorite, this annual holiday concert is a treat for the whole family. 

*The “Surprise Guest Conductor” drawing is open only to concert attendees. SMSO Staff, Musicians, and Board Members are not eligible. Registration is free and open to participants aged 5 years on up! Only one (1) entry per person; entries must be self-made and cannot name another individual. 

$38 Zone A | $23 Zone B | $6 Youth (ages 6-17)
Processing fees included in price.

6:30 PM – Doors open
7:30 PM – Concert (90 min)

Program Schedule 

Leroy Anderson, Christmas Festival
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Christmas Eve: Polonaise
Lucas Richman, Hanukkah Festival Overture
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on “Greensleeves” 
Mikola Leontovich, Carol of the Bells

Anthony DiLorenzo, Navidad Latina!


Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride
Duke Ellington, The Nutcracker Suite
Aaron Dai, The Night Before Christmas
John Finnegan, Christmas Singalong


Dec 9, 2023
7:30 pm
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The Mendel Center
1100 Yore Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 United States
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