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November 16, 2021

St. Joseph, Michigan (November 17, 2021) - Get into the holiday spirit with us on December 11th at the Mendel Center Mainstage, as the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra celebrates the sights, sounds, and talents of Southwest Michigan. The SMSO, led by Music Director finalist Rachel Waddell, will present a family friendly evening filled with Christmas and holiday favorites that capture the fun, joy, and spirit of the season. The orchestra will be joined by local talent including the return of acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, Jenna Mammina, Superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools, Dr. Andraé Townsel, Southwest Michigan Symphony Chorus and Studio Dance Theatre.Don’t miss this dynamic and poignant program and the opportunity to make the SMSO part of your annual holiday traditions. 


There will be a “meet & greet” in the North Lower Lobby of the Mendel Center beginning at 6:30pm.  Come early and meet Rachel Waddell, Music Director finalist along with the artists performing in the program.


The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center COVID-19 policy for visitors and patrons currently includes mandated masks while indoors.


Program for the evening includes:

Christmas Overture
Winter Wonderland
Music from Frozen

Let It Snow
My Favorite Things
Mary Did You Know
We Need a Little Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

“Polonaise” from the Christmas Eve Suite

Selections from The Nutcracker Suite

Christmas Bells 

Candlelight Carol 

Va, pensiero from Nabucco 

Unending Flame 

Christmas Singalong 


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: Wales Wealth Management Group, Indiana & Michigan Power, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 94.9 WSJM and 98.3 The Coast


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.


Don’t miss your final 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. 


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


Pick 3 Bundle- Choose 3 concerts and save!

  • Zone A: $99

  • Zone B: $55