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WVPE partners with the South Bend Symphony for a new podcast series, "Aha! with Alastair," featuring South Bend Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alastair Willis. In each episode, Maestro Willis will discuss pieces the symphony is slated to perform in upcoming concerts."When I was younger, several inspiring conductors helped make music come alive for me, music suddenly became more than scales and black and white notes on the page," says Willis, "and since then one of my favorite things to do is return the favor for others, whether in concert, pre-concert talks, or podcasts!"The title refers to Alastair's "aha" moments about music that he wants to share with listeners.

Aha! With Alastair: Episode 5 - Montgomery, Neiman, and Tchaikovsky

Tom Labuzienski

Live music is back! “Aha with Alastair” is back!

Alastair Willis, music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, says "I don’t know about you, but after such a challenging past 18 months, the power of live orchestral music means even more to me now."The orchestra opens its season on Saturday, September 25 th, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 26 th, at 2:30 PM at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame with a sparkling program of Jessie Montgomery, Adam Neiman and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.

This episode, Alastair delves into the three pieces of music that are on the first Jack M. Champaigne Masterworks concert this season: Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Adam Neiman’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade.