Tamra Garrett and Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews perform in "A Valentine From Gershwin"

lntErnestine M. Raclin School of the Arts vocal students Tamra Garrett and Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews will share the stage with Maestro Tsung Yeh and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in “A Valentine From Gershwin,” a concert by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 at the Morris Performing Arts Center

In the first part of the concert, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will perform “Strike Up the Band” and “An American in Paris,” followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg making his Symphony debut with a piano performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The second half of the program features excerpts from Porgy and Bess sung by Garrett and Mitchell-Matthews.

Tamra Garrett, a native of California, obtained a bachelor of music degree in music performance with a specialty in voice from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, where she was a lead singer performing the roles of Monica in Menotti’s The Medium and Clara and Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

She is presently studying for her masters in voice at the school of the arts with Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack. Since her arrival at IU South Bend in 2011, she has performed in the “Student Spotlight Recital,” an event reserved for top music students. She was a featured soloist in the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Concert, a collaboration with the school of the arts and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

Garrett was accepted into the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera and she studied in Oderzo, Italy during the summer of 2012. In November of 2012, she was one of four students selected to participate in a master class with Denyce Graves at IU South Bend.

Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the Detroit School for the Arts in 2008 where he sang in the choirs. In 2010, Matthews joined the The United Voices of Detroit choral ensemble. With them he sang at Carnegie Hall in a special concert with conductor and composer Jacqueline Hairston.

Matthews is now a student in the school of the arts, where he studies with Associate Instructor of Voice Deborah Mayer. He is a member of the Symphonic Choir of South Bend and is a featured soloist and assistant director of music at Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church in South Bend.

Matthews won the 2012 local Classical Singer competition in South Bend and participated in the regional in Chicago. He was selected to attend the Ezio Pinza Council for the American Singers of Opera program in Oderzo, Italy during the summer of 2012. In October of 2012, he was awarded first prize in the Dr. J LanYe’ 3rd American Spiritual Collegiate Solo Voice Competition at Lake Erie College in Ohio. His prize is a performance with the Chautauqua Symphony during the summer of 2013.

Also appearing in the concert are the South Bend Symphonic Choir, IUSB Chorale, IU South Bend Gospel Choir IU, and the South Bend Chamber Choir.

Group priced tickets have been arranged for this event at the cost of $20. Checks must be made out to The South Bend Symphony. Orders will be given to the Symphony and tickets be held at the box office of the Morris. These are main floor seats.

It will be a gala night for these two talented young people and the choirs of IU South Bend. Deadline for ticket orders is February 10th. For an order form, contact Pam Mendenhall at 520-4170 or

// "A Valentine From Gershwin"
// 8 pm Saturday, February 16
// Morris Performing Arts Center
// 211 N Michigan St., South Bend
// 574.520.4203|