Get ready to journey back in time to the era of big hair, neon lights, and iconic melodies as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra presents a concert paying homage to the unforgettable hits of the 1980s. Join us on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Morris Performing Arts Center, for Back to the 80’s to experience the magic with GRAMMY-nominated Alastair Willis conducting. The Symphony joins forces with Brie Cassil, Paul Loren, and Colin Smith, lead vocalists who will bring your favorite songs to life, with Jacob Navarro on drums, and Oscar Rodriguez on guitar.  

Music Director Alastair Willis shares his excitement for the show, “I grew up in the 80s, which is when I started discovering all kinds of music (not just classical).  Every single song on this program brings back fantastic memories of my childhood!” 

Produced and arranged by the acclaimed Jeff Tyzik, this unique concert will feature symphonic adaptations of some of the most beloved songs of the 1980s from artists like Elton John, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and many more! From the infectious energy of Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love,” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” to the timeless romance of “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, the concert promises to delight fans of all ages with its diverse selection of hits. 

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra thanks Indiana Trust Wealth Management for supporting the Indiana Trust Pops Series and Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for being a distinguished Artistic Sponsor of the 2023-24 Season, reflecting their commitment to fostering artistic excellence and enriching the community through exceptional musical experiences. An additional thank you to Foegley Landscape for their support of the Back to the 80s concert! 


TICKETS start at $19! 

ONLINE – or 

PHONE – Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office 574-235-9190   

(10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday – Wednesday 
10 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday – Friday)  


IN-PERSON – Visit the Morris Box Office (211 N. Michigan St., South Bend) during the times listed above or two hours before any performance or stop by the Symphony Office (127 N. Michigan St., South Bend) between 10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday – Wednesday and 10 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday – Friday. 


To VIEW the 2023-24 Season schedule, visit
Dates, programs, and venues are subject to change.    
For questions or media appearances, please contact Sarah Perschbacher, or 574-230-4875 




About the South Bend Symphony Orchestra   

The South Bend Symphony inspires the community with the transformative power of orchestral music in all its forms by producing 20 mainstage programs, serving more than 23,000 attendees annually. As the region’s only professional orchestra, the Symphony is committed to diverse sound and a robust arts community in Michiana that entertains and connects people to music. 

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 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which recognizes the best-run nonprofit organization in St. Joseph County, Indiana.