Home for the Holidays with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra brings seasonal favorites, storytelling, and more with guest conductor Chelsea Tipton, II. Hear classic Christmas carols such as “Silent Night” as well as holiday classics like “Sleigh Ride” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

Join us on Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m. EST at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Special guests Devin Desantis and Emilie Lynn join the Symphony to create a spectacular performance that creates memories for the entire family.

“If there’s one tradition all of Michiana can get behind, it’s “Home for the Holidays,” enthused Symphony Executive Director Justus Zimmerman stated. “The community, the musicians, we all missed it so much last year, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it back and continuing the tradition.”

Give a Pair and Get a Ticket!
Help hang stockings with care this holiday season by bringing a pair or many pairs of socks to the Home for the Holidays. Patrons who bring at least one new, unopened, packaged pair of socks to Home for the Holidays concerts on December 18 or December 19 will receive a free ticket to the next Jack M. Champaigne Masterworks Series concert, Terra Nostra, on February 26, 2022. The collection of socks benefits St. Margaret’s House and their mission to support the needs and serve the women and children of St. Margaret’s House.

How To Buy Tickets

ONLINE – www.morriscenter.org/events/category/symphony

PHONE – Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office 574-235-9190
(10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday)

IN-PERSON – Visit our friends at the Morris (211 N. Michigan St., South Bend) during the times listed above or two hours before any performance.

TO VIEW the 2021-22 Season schedule, visit www.southbendsymphony.org.

Special thanks to TCU Wealth Management, Crowe LLC, and Stanz Foodservice. The South Bend Symphony Orchestra acknowledges additional operating support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

REMINDER – Regardless of vaccination status all patrons are required to wear their masks during performances.



About the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Embarking on the 89th season, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the region’s only professional orchestra and is committed to engaging the community in all it does. In addition to being recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts funding organizations, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the recipient of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which recognizes the best-run nonprofit organization in St. Joseph County, Indiana.


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About Chelsea Tipton, II

American conductor Chelsea Tipton, II, has won over audiences and critics alike with vibrant musicality, accessibility, versatility, and art education commitment. In his thirteenth season as Music Director of The Symphony of Southeast Texas and seventh season as Principal Pops Conductor with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Tipton served as Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for seven exceptionally successful seasons and served as Associate Conductor of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra for four seasons.

This season, when not on stage at the Julie Rogers Theater in Beaumont, Tipton will be found guest conducting Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Lake Charles Symphony, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. In November, he will also be serving as conductor for a special concert with Pop artist Sting with his hometown orchestra, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He will also be making his opera debut with the Toledo Opera in February, 2022.

A decided change of venue that spotlighted the maestro’s versatility occurred during the summer of 2011 when Tipton was chosen to accompany Sting on an extensive European tour. This tour covered 15 countries where Tipton worked with 19 different European orchestras; his task was to prepare the musicians for the concerts. Tipton rehearsed the orchestras and performed with Sting in concert in the Canary Islands, Granada, and Cap Roig, Spain.

As a sought-after guest conductor, Tipton has appeared with numerous major orchestras, including the Cleveland
Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Palermo), Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra (Budapest), Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra among others. One highlight of Tipton’s career was Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner requested him to serve as the conductor for the Memorial concert celebrating the life of Former President George Bush on the steps of City Hall with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.


Devin Desantis, Vocals

Devin Desantis, has performed in Chicago area productions of The Three Musketeers, Seussical. CHICAGO: The Who’s Tommy (Jeff Award nomination – Best Actor in a Musical), Les Misérables (Jeff Award nomination – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Little Mermaid, Hairspray (Paramount Theatre); Young Frankenstein, The Hot Mikado (Drury Lane Theatre); Parade (Writers Theatre); Side Show (Porchlight Music Theatre); City of Angels, Godspell, 9 to 5 (Marriott Theatre); Altar Boyz Chicago (Broadway Playhouse); Anyone Can Whistle starring Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, The Most Happy Fella starring George Hearn (Ravinia Festival). BROADWAY/OFF BROADWAY: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes (Radio City Music Hall); The Magdalene (Theatre at St. Clement’s). EDUCATION: BM in vocal performance, Northwestern University. DeSantis is a resident guest artist with the Colorado Symphony, a lead singer with Bluewater Kings Band, and a member of The Four C Notes – the Midwest’s only tribute band to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. He is the associate artistic director/co-founder of Chicago Artists Chorale.


Emilie Lynn, Vocals

Emilie Lynn, actor and soprano, portrayed Christine in the world tour of The Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed in Chicago area productions of Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Hair, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, All Shook Up, RENT (Chicago Regional Premiere), Sunday in the Park with George, Hello, Dolly!, A Little Night Music, Up the Down Staircase, The Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man and more.