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Opening Concert - October 17 A HEROINE’S TALE

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September 28, 2021
St. Joseph, Michigan (September 9, 2021) - Join us on October 17th for the SMSO’s opening concert at the Howard Performing Arts Center, for an evening of music exploring and celebrating the strength and resilience of women. Under the direction of Music Director finalist Matthew Aubin, the program begins with a suite of excerpts from Bizet's Carmen, one of the most long standing and notable masterpieces portraying fearless courage and rebelliousness from one of music's boldest heroines. Violist Mitsuru Kubo performs Jeremy Crosmer's viola concerto Masks: A Heroine's Tale. Crosmer wrote the five movement concerto to "draw attention to the different ways women shine in society." Concluding with Tchaikovsky’s heroic Fourth Symphony, this concert is sure to give women throughout history the spotlight they deserve. 
Georges Bizet, Suite from Carmen
Jeremy Crosmer, Masks: A Heroine’s Tale for solo viola and orchestra
Mitsuru Kubo, viola
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4, op.36 TH 27, F minor
Don’t miss your opportunity to see each of the four Music Director Finalists conduct the SMSO before the new Music Director is chosen! The new director will be selected at the end of this Mainstage series and will conduct their first concert as our new music director in our 2022 Summer Beach Series. 
Our Generous Sponsors
The Symphony is only able to perform these concerts with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful to our sponsors for this concert: The Whirlpool Corporation, 90.7fm WAUS, and WNIT Public Television. 
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mainstage Line-Up:
Sunday, October 17th 2021- 4pm, Howard Performing Arts Center 
Conducted by Matthew Aubin, Music Director Finalist
Saturday, December 11th 2021- 7:30pm, Mendel Center Mainstage
Conducted by Rachel Waddell, Music Director Finalist
Sunday, March 20th 2022- 4pm, Howard Performing Arts Center
Conducted by Grant Harville, Music Director Finalist

Sunday, April 24th 2022- 4pm, Howard Performing Arts Center
Conducted by Timothy Verville, Music Director Finalist

Tickets for each performance can be purchased online at, from the SMSO office at (269) 982- 4030, or by purchasing at the event if available. 
Single Tickets
  • Zone A: Adults $35; Students $5
  • Zone B: Adults $20; Students $5
Grand Series- 4 concerts (over 16% savings!) Includes 4 concerts presented during the 2021-2022 season, featuring celebrated national, regional and local artists.
  • Zone A: $166
  • Zone B: $70
Pick 3 Bundle- Choose 3 concerts and save!
  • Zone A: $99
  • Zone B: $55
For more information, please contact the SMSO at (269) 982-4030 or visit