School of the Arts

Teddy bears give those in transition something to hold onto

Teddy Bears Concert goers contribute teddy bears for the Center for the Homeless

On Friday, December 9th, the South Bend Symphonic Choir will present its annual “Teddy Bear Concert,” dedicated this year to the late Peggy Soderburg. For the third year, teddy bears will be collected in lieu of purchasing a concert ticket.

The Center for the Homeless will receive the cuddly bears. When deciding which philanthropy would receive the teddy bears, Dean Curtis thought “A bear becomes a symbol for a gift. The bears last all year. From the smallest child to the largest adult, Center for the Homeless clients will have something to hold onto.” For those at the Center for the Homeless, the teddy bears give comfort to those in transition. The choir hopes to collect 500 teddy bears at the concert.

Accompanying the South Bend Symphonic Choir, ensemble in residence at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, on stage are IU South Bend Chorale, Chamber Choir and Gospel Choir. The Michiana Male Chorus, conducted by Bill Soderberg, will perform the “Twelve Days of Christmas” along with 78 IU South Bend student dancers in costume, the IUSB Philharmonic, and IU South Bend Wind Ensemble. Composition major Katherine Price will premiere her oratorio “The Christmas Reel-III. Nativity” at the annual holiday concert. Price began composing the oratorio in high school, with each movement devoted to a Christmas carol.

Dean Curtis shared his favorite part about hosting this annual holiday event. “Being a dean is not just about sitting behind a desk pushing papers around. What I enjoy the most is the opportunity to be accessible to my students and share the experience of what it means to be an artist. Their high energy is inspiring!”

Prior to the concert, a reception open exclusively to alumni will be held in the East Lounge of Northside Hall. Alumni are asked to donate a teddy bear for admission to the Concert. Come join the School of the Arts and the South Bend Symphonic Choir in celebrating the holiday spirit.