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Meet the Maestro

Howard Performing Arts Center 4160 E Campus Cir Dr, Berrien Springs, MI

Meet the SMSO’s new Music Director, Maestro Matthew Aubin. Aubin kicks off his tenure with some of his favorite works including Beethoven’s lighthearted 8th Symphony. Detroit Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kennedy takes the stage to perform American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. The concert opens with the First Symphony of Adolphus Hailstork, an MSU alum and the Dean of African American composers.

Hollywood Holidays

The Mendel Center Mainstage 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor, MI

Celebrate the season with the SMSO. Maestro Aubin has a selection of holiday songs along with your favorite music from films like "Home Alone", "Polar Express", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", and more. The program promises a surprise or two. You won't want to miss it!

LMYO Concert

The Mendel Center Mainstage 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor, MI

Listening, blending, and making music within the orchestra setting is a challenge met by all students in LMYO. The Encore Strings, Concert Strings, LMYO Winds, and the Youth Symphony all perform at the winter and spring concerts. In these ensembles, principal players learn what it means to effectively lead a section and all players learn to play together with unity, passion, precision and musical excellence. Students refine musical skills by performing original masterworks, arrangements and pop favorites.

Dueling Pianos

Howard Performing Arts Center 4160 E Campus Cir Dr, Berrien Springs, MI

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Shostakovich’s 5th

Howard Performing Arts Center 4160 E Campus Cir Dr, Berrien Springs, MI

The SMSO recognizes musicians that create great art in the midst of darkness. American composer Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral is a memorial to her younger brother. Pianist and Gilmore Young Artist Maxim Lando performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a work that takes inspiration from the Dies Irae or "Day of Wrath". Shostakovich faced censorship under Soviet rule but managed to triumph with his 5th Symphony.

An American in Paris

Howard Performing Arts Center 4160 E Campus Cir Dr, Berrien Springs, MI

Maestro Aubin celebrates his personal connection to French culture with a mixture of French and American music. Aubin welcomes back Mitsuru Kubo and Jeremy Crosmer to perform hidden gems by Fernande Decruck, a composer near and dear to his heart. Musicians from the LMYO join the SMSO on music from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo. The season closes with Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

LMYO Concert

The Mendel Center Mainstage 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor, MI

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Summer Concert Series

The Mendel Center Mainstage 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor, MI

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