Whether it’s a blockbuster film, the best of Broadway, or the music of a rock band, the symphonic sound makes it better! Enjoy Broadway’s most popular hits to rock band-inspired shows this Series offers exciting programs performed at Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend.

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Ghostbusters

October 29 @ 7:30 pm EDT

Boasting an unforgettable theme song that topped the Billboard Top 100, this infectiously fun comedy classic follows an eccentric band of paranormal investigators—led by the hilarious Bill Murray—as they wage a spectacular battle with the supernatural in New York City. Join the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Erik Ochsner as they perform Elmer Bernstein’s iconic score live while Ivan Reitman’s 1984 masterpiece plays on the big screen.

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Erik Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 performers in Live to Projection film concerts. As Principal Touring Conductor of La La Land Live in Concert, he has conducted 50 performances of Justin Hurwitz’s Academy Award and Grammy Award winning score. He is considered by audiences and critics alike to be one of the leading film-orchestra conductors due to his energy, attention to detail and precise synchronization. In 2018, Ochsner was invited to conduct the world premiere of Mary Poppins in Concert (1964) at the Sydney Opera House; made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony conducting Love Actually, and on 40 hours’ notice, he flew to Taiwan to conduct Beauty and the Beast in Concert to fill in for an ailing colleague!

Ochsner has a long relationship with the Krakow Film Music Festival where he led sold-out performances of Pixar in Concert and Polish language versions of Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. He returns in 2019 to conduct a special performance of A Disney in Concert: The Magic of Music with the Krakow Film Festival Youth Orchestra.

He recently led performances of Star Wars in Concert: Episode 4: A New Hope with the Montreal FILMharmonique. He has also led performances of Star Wars in Concert: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back in Tainan, Taiwan on May the fourth (“International Star Wars Day!”); Pixar in Concert in Taipei, Taiwan; Batman (1989) in Portland, Oregon, featuring the Grammy Award winning score of Danny Elfman; and Ghostbusters in Alabama!

Other films he has conducted include Back to the Future, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness. Ochsner premiered The Music of Star Wars with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a full-length evening production featuring the music of John Williams and video game composer Gordy Haab; was Music Director and conductor of the 2017 Opera America New Works Showcase […]

Tango Caliente!

Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ 7:30 pm EST

A night of seductive, fiery tango classics with sizzling soprano and dazzling bandoneón virtuoso. Award-winning and internationally-acclaimed Argentinian dancers join in for an evening dedicated to the dance of romance – prepare to fall in love.  Coming soon. Coming soon.

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Thank you to our generous series sponsor; Indiana Trust Pops Series.

A Night at Woodstock

Saturday, April 15, 2023 @ 7:30 pm EDT

In August of 1969, over 400,000 people overran a dairy farm in southern New York. It turned out to be the biggest rock festival in history. The Symphony and Jeans ‘n Classics join forces to presents an evening devoted to the festival phenomenon that changed music forever, featuring vocal & orchestral arrangements of material by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Janis Joplin, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Band, Jefferson Airplane…and so many more! 

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Thank you to our generous series sponsor; Indiana Trust Pops Series.