Things to Do

Friday, 26 January 2018 - 7:00pm

TWO PIANOS. TWO PLAYERS. ONE GREAT TIME.

The Southwest Michigan Symphony is bringing back its Dueling Pianos hit event this January 26, 2018. Sold out for five years in a row, the evening showcases two talented musicians battling out musical favorites on two pianos, with jokes, singing and hijinks galore.  Audience participation is highly encouraged and it only takes one song to have party goers shouting out requests, singing along to favorites, bantering with the performers, bouncing up and down in their seats, and having the time of their lives. Musical repertoire runs the gamut from Classic Rock to Country, Hard Rock to R&B, and Show Tunes to Top 40. You won’t want to miss this evening of fast, funny, unforgettable entertainment!

 

Every member of the Dueling Pianos International roster of outstanding performers is a master of fun, fast-paced, musical and comedy entertainment. These performers have been delighting audiences of all ages for nearly twenty years—and have kept them coming back for more! If you haven’t experienced a Dueling Pianos event yet, you need to. And if you have, we know you want to again. Two Pianos. Two Players. One Great Time.

 

Adding to this evening of fun, the SMSO will host a silent auction filled with gift certificates from favorite local businesses. Auction items include delicious food from Silver Beach Pizza, Kilwins, Mimi’s Cupcakes, and South Bend Chocolate Cafe, rounds of golf, and many others. Special opportunities like Four Hours of landscape design from RootBound, a local landscaping design studio will also be available. Earnings from this fundraising event are dedicated to activities that further the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra goals of music education and development. Together we are Transforming Lives Through Music!

 

Don’t miss the fun on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 7:00pm at the Vineland Center, 1155 Vineland Road, St. Joseph, MI. Optional buffet dinner will begin at 5:30pm and cocktails will be served at 6:30pm.


 

WHAT: Dueling Pianos

WHERE:  Vineland Center, 1155 Vineland Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085

WHEN:  Friday, January 26, 2018

·         5:30 pm to 9:30 pm – silent auction

  • 5:30 pm - optional buffet dinner
  • 6:30 pm - cocktails
  • 7:00 pm - Dueling Pianos show

 

TICKETSavailable onlineor by calling our office at 269-982-4030.

  • Dueling Piano tickets: $30

Table of eight: $240

  • Dueling Pianos with buffet dinner: $50

Table of eight with dinner: $400

  • Cash Bar
  • Complimentary dessert courtesy of The Flour Shop

 

SILENT AUCTION

The evening will also include a silent auction filled with gift certificates from favorite local businesses. Examples of auction items include delicious treats from Kilwins, Mimi’s Cupcakes, South Bend Chocolate Cafe and many others.

  • 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm - bidding window

 

BUFFET DINNER MENU (OPTIONAL)

Cranberry Brie StuffedChicken Breast

Roast Beef Rolls Stuffed with Housemade Dressing

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cavatappi with Spinach, Broccoli, Carrots and Cauliflower

Tossed Salad in Vineland's Sweet Italian Dressing

 

SPONSORS

The Symphony is only able to present events with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful for our event sponsors: Grand Sponsor: Silver Beach Pizza, Baby Grand Sponsors: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company, andKeyboard Sponsors Pri-Mar Petroleum Inc. and Denny & Betsy Sexton.

 

For more information, contact the Symphony office at 269-982-4030 or visitwww.smso.org

 

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Friday, 16 February 2018 - 8:00pm

Event:               Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

When:               Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:             $20 | $25 | $28 | $32

 

The artistry of illusion comes to The Mendel Center

Tickets for Vitaly: An Evening of Wonder are on sale now

 

BENTON HARBOR, MI –Faces that disappear from drivers’ licenses. Paintbrushes that paint on their own. Photographs that literally come to life before your eyes. Brace yourself for a whole new take on magic at The Mendel Center with Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders. This family-friendly, jaw-dropping performance is slated for Friday, February 16, 2018, at 8 p.m.

 

Vitaly is a world-class illusionist who has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully fooled on their hit TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures and drawings to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leaves even the most jaded audience awestruck.

 

Reputed as “one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today” (Chilliwack Progress), Vitalybreathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He has the distinction of having invented and designed all of his illusions, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment experience not seen anywhere else in the world. Not only do they witness the elegant rendering of the impossible, they are charmed by Vitaly’s engaging personality.

 

Now based in Vancouver, Vitalyhas garnered rave reviews from CBC, The Vancouver Sun, and The Province, which has crowned him “the master of his own magical domain.” He continues to amaze people all over the world.

 

Vitalywas 14 when he discovered his passion for magic. Soon he was entertaining his friends and family with material he developed himself. Years later, he would abandon a career in engineering to focus on rebuilding people’s childlike sense of wonder and bridging the gap between dreams and reality.

 

Vancouver Weeklyproclaims, “There’s a tendency to call our era the “seen-it-all” times. It’s hard to imagine that one man on a stage could offer much that we haven’t seen. But – with the help of our imaginations, and his – he does.”

 

Tickets for Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.

 

Groups of 10 or more receive discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into an employee appreciation party, birthday party, a gathering of good friends, or other celebration.

 

VIP Experience Packages

A limited number of VIP Experience packages are available for this performance. The package includes access to a private reception area before the show and during intermission, appetizers, a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, and door prizes. After the show VIP Experience ticket holders will have their photo taken with Vitaly during an exclusive meet and greet event. VIP Experience tickets are $25. Show and VIP Experience tickets are sold separately.

 

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders is part of The Mendel Center's Discovery Series. The performance is sponsored by Chemical Bank, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – St. Joseph, and 98.3 The Coast, and has been made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.

 

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About The Mendel Center Mainstage: The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Friday, 23 February 2018 - 7:00pm

Event:              RUNA – Part of The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series

When:              Friday, February 23, 2018, 7 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Hanson Theatre

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

The Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $15 | $10 students, seniors, veterans, and active military members

 

 

Irish folk ensemble RUNA to close out The Mendel Center Hanson Theatre Living Room Series season

 

BENTON HARBOR, MI – The final installment of The Mendel Center’s Hanson Theatre Living Room Series welcomes RUNA to the stage on Friday, February 23, at 7 pm.

 

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

 

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards, and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.

 

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.

 

RUNA recently released their fifth album, “RUNA: LIVE,” which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” by Marcene Bronson of The Celtic Crier.

 

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their striving for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

 

Local brewing favorite The Livery will offer an array of craft beers before the show and during intermission. Their craft beer creations will be available at the cash bar in the Hanson Theatre lobby. The Livery will also provide samples of their house-made, spent-grain pizza along with beers available for sampling from growlers. 

 

The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series is a live performance experience in the intimate setting of the 250-seat Hanson Theatre. The venue is designed for maximum viewing and listening pleasure, and provides audiences with the opportunity to connect more closely with the performers and the performances.

 

The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series is sponsored by The Livery and the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council.

 

Tickets for RUNA are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.

 

 

RUNA press photos:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9uj1hgknpslnqgc/AACuCAEknwYboz5f2TuR7Wcfa?dl=0

 

Videos:

Promo Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okSk9HRNMwY

The Holy Ground - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVvxR43hcWQ

The Ruthless Wife - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWlGO0nwq8U 

 

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The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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