South Bend Symphony

Aha with Alastair: DiLorenzo, Barber, Schumann

Nov 11, 2021

Alastair Willis, Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, tells us how Robert Schumann overcame adversity, composing himself out of darkness and despair into light and celebration with his Symphony No. 2. And how American composer Anthony DiLorenzo underscores Alice’s journey through the looking glass back to Wonderland in "Jabberwocky." And we get some insights into Samuel Barber’s beloved violin concerto from violinist Dylana Jenson.

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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.


WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the South Bend Symphony - now  presenting Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Plus works by Montgomery and Neiman with two concerts at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday evening September 25th at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon September 26th at 2:30. Find out more and get tickets at   


South Bend Symphony Orchestra Live On WVPE

Aug 25, 2021

This Saturday starting at 7pm you can hear the South Bend Symphony Orchestra live here on WVPE.  You'll hear a full concert featuring dance-themed music from Verdi, Dvorak, Strauss and others.  It's part of the free Community Foundation Performing Arts Series at the Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi Park. Two musicians from the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra will also join in for works by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.  You can bring a lawn chair and see the performance live or simply listen at home Saturday night at 7pm only on WVPE.

Aha! With Alastair: Episode #3 - Beethoven And The Silk Road

Jan 29, 2020
South Bend Symphony Orchestra

What links Beethoven to the Silk Road?

South Bend Symphony Music Director Alastair Willis previews a concert featuring Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and a Silk Road first half with music by Tan Dun and Behzad Ranjbaran.

Aha! With Alastair: Episode #2 - Vienna's Riches

Jan 8, 2020
South Bend Symphony

What do Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss Polkas have in common?

South Bend Symphony Music Director Alastair Willis presents an exploration of Vienna's musical riches.

"I've always loved theater, and love putting concerts in historical context, surprising and delighting with a script, a character or two, to create a concert experience that comes alive in fresh, new ways," says Willis.

South Bend Symphony

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.