SMSO Presents “Latin Rhythms”

SMSO Presents “Latin Rhythms”

Saint Joseph, Mich. --- Showing the world that the guitar spans a musical spectrum beyond rock, blues and heavy metal, guest artist JIJI joins the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00pm at the Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs as they present their Latin Rhythms2017-18 Mainstage Season finale concert. Full of a range of rhythms that catch you off guard or offer soothing sounds, the program will sample various Latin influences on classical music. 


Special guest artist JIJI will perform the classical guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo as a highlight of the concert. Her impeccable musicianship, combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire, earned her First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Born in Seoul, South Korea, JIJI now resides in New Haven, CT where she is a passionate advocate of both classical and new music. Also a composer, JIJI incorporates electronic media and acoustic music that is influenced by her regular activities as a DJ. 


JIJI will present an educational outreach program in the band room at Lake Michigan College on Friday, April 27th at noon.  Students are invited to bring their guitars for an interactive demonstration. Please contact Joelle Regovich at for additional details. 


The concert will also feature works by Argentinian Alberto Ginastera, Uruguayan-born American composer Miguel del Aguila, and JoaquÍn Turina. The well-known piece, Boléro, by French composer Maurice Ravel, will also be performed. Tickets are available by calling 269-982-4030 or by visiting the SMSO website at  


Summer Vibes and 2018-19 Mainstage Season Series tickets are on sale now and will be available for purchase at the show. Purchase a 2018-2019 Mainstage Season Grand Series at the concert and receive two tickets to a beach series concert. 

WHAT: Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Latin Rhythms Concert

WHERE: Howard Performing Arts Center, 4160 E. Campus Circle Dr, Berrien Springs.

WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00pm.

●        Pre-concert Conversation beginning at 3:00pm in the concert hall.

●        Post-concert Reception in the lobby following the concert.

TICKETS available online or by calling our office at 269-982-4030.

Zone A: Adult: $35 / Full time students $5

Zone B: Adult: $20 / Full time students $5



del Aguila, Conga                                                                        
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez                                              
Revueltas or Ginastera, Sensemayá or “Malambo” from Estancia             
Turina, Danzas fantásticas                                                  
Ravel, Boléro  


Pre-concert Conversations

Beginning at 3:00pm, one hour before the concert in the Howard PAC Auditorium, pre-concert conversations are a rare opportunity to learn first-hand about the music you are about to hear from Music Director, Robin Fountain, and our guest artists. The conversations offer an insight into the life and time of the composers, the context of the music and hints of what to listen for – provided to deepen and enhance your enjoyment of the concert.


Post-concert Reception

Join us following the concert for a reception to enjoy refreshments and meet the SMSO musicians.  It's the perfect way to end an evening of music!


Our Generous Sponsors

The Symphony is only able to perform these concerts with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful to our sponsors for this concert The Symphony League of Southwest Michigan and WNIT. Additionally, this activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Small Business of Note:

Waterfront Framing & Fine Art in St, Joseph, Michigan is our featured Small Business of Note for this concert.  Located at 606 Ship St., St. Joseph, Waterfront Framing and Fine Art offers innovative framing, fine art, and services that will transform the ambiance of your home or business.  When you work with Waterfront, you will create something unique, something that tells your story, and something that speaks to you emotionally and powerfully. Visit the shop soon to see how to celebrate accomplishments, make special occasions even more special, preserve memories and adapt artwork to all of your spaces. Hours - Mon - Thurs 10:00am to 6pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am to 5pm, Closed Sunday. (269) 982-3470.


For more information, contact the Symphony office at 269-982-4030 or visit




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