SOUTH BEND, In. (October 24, 2018) – The South Bend Symphony Orchestra invites you to “Alastair Presents: Tchaikovsky’s Circles” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Morris Performing Arts Center. This unique concert experience will blend theatrical story telling with some of the most iconic music to come out of 19th Century Russia to depict the life and times of composer, Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky through the eyes of another important composer of the time – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

This concert marks the debut of a brand-new “Alastair Presents” series. Maestro Willis will take the audiences on a journey that combines his love for theater and music. “Tchaikovsky’s Circles” will feature violinist Felicity James and local actor David Chudzynski, as well as your South Bend Symphony Orchestral who will make Tchaikovsky’s world come to life!

“I’ve always jumped at the chance to combine my love of theater with my love of music. Over the years I’ve created about a dozen concerts that have a historical and dramatic through-line for an actor or two to take us through the music, with the orchestra of course as the focus. These concerts go beyond the music and the program notes in I think a very fun, accessible way, and I am thrilled to be bringing Tchaikovsky’s Circles to South Bend!”
-Alastair Willis

Felicity James, a Seattle-born violinist, has been appearing as a soloist with orchestras across the country since the age of 12. She has competed in numerous competitions and is a previous winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s Violin Competition. Ms. James is a current student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she is pursuing an Artist Diploma.

David Chudzynski is an active member of the theater community of South Bend. He is the current Technical Director/Designer at the South Bend Civic Theater and has played various parts in a plethora of staged productions and readings.

This concert is made possible by the generosity of Series Sponsor Jack M. Champaigne and the concert sponsors the Everett-Rose Family and KeyBank.


Tickets for the “Alastair Presents: Tchaikovsky’s Circles” start at $19 and are on sale at The Morris Box Office, by phone at (574) 235-9190 or online at www. The Morris Box Office is open Tuesday– Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for full-time students are $10 with photo ID.

Details for the SBSO’s full 2018-19 Season can be found at