A free outdoor concert at Chris Wilson Pavilion in South Bend’s Potawatomi Park went off without a hitch. A line of thunderstorms threatened to drench the crowd of several hundred people waiting for a classical performance on Saturday evening.
However, he only booming came from the brass section as the storms dissipated, sparing attendees at the South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s annual free outdoor performance.
The audience — a mix of young and old alike — took in the light classical music, as well as playful tunes. Many sat on park benches, stretching their legs and leaning against the wooden table top. Others ate deli-inspired treats. Families sat in groups in lawn furniture. And of course there were the young couples who had to retrieve their curious, wandering infant children.
The concert featured pieces from famous Russian composers Glinka, Borodin, Kabalevsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The event also featured a “Play In” event with local musicians from the community performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
The South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s next performance — Tchaikovsky’s 4th — is on September 20 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend. Tickets can be purchased on their website at http://southbendsymphony.com/tickets.php.