IU South Bend joins SBSO in "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein"


On October 25, the Music and Theater/Dance Departments joined the South Bend Symphony Orchestra at the Morris Performing Arts Center in "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein."

The concert featured faculty members Jessica McCormack and James Bowyer in a concert version of the Broadway musical Candide. Student soloists Tamra Garrett, Julius Williams, Lawrence Mitchell Matthews, Carmelo Rosario, Mia Foster, and Katie Andrysiak performed in a concert version of West Side Story. The IU South Bend Chorale, Chamber Singers, and The Symphonic Choir of South Bend provided the choral background.

In addition, the IU South Bend Dance Company performed The Symphonic Dances of West Side Story with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

"All of the soloists, choir, and dancers were IUSB students or faculty and it was history making," said Marvin Curtis, dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. "It showed the public that we have the talent and the ability to perform in a variety of settings. I felt like a proud parent that evening as I watched out students take command of the Morris Performing Arts Center working with a professional orchestra in such a glorious setting."

Below are several photos of the event. Bravo!