SMSO Presents Music for the Young at Heart

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Music for the Young at Heart
Saturday, August 13, 2022
 It doesn’t matter what age you are, the Southwest Michigan Symphony’s Music for the Young at Heart Concert will have music that is recognizable to everyone at its August 13 concert, Music for the Young at Heart.
The concert at the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach begins at 6:30 pm with Music Director Matthew Aubin conducting. Gates will open at 5:30 pm and you will want to arrive early for the fun and festivities planned for the show.
The music from composer John Williams will delight and transport you as you listen to the theme from Star Wars and music from Harry Potter. And for the athletic and college fans, there will also be the fight songs from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame.
“I think the combination of the music will be familiar especially for multiple generations of movie goers,” Aubin said. “With this concert, the music is meant to be super recognizable, but in its authentic form. It’s the same Star Wars music they hear in the movie; it’s something special, with that big brass sound.”
Aubin said that toward the end of the program some of the music being played was classical first and has been appropriated for movies.
“A good example is the Waltz from Sleeping Beauty. It was a part of the Tchaikovsky ballet before movies were invented; the music makes us feel young yet it is close to 150 years old,” he explained.
“Whenever we do a Pops concert we want to get people excited and be able to recognize that orchestra music is a part of their daily life, but they don’t know it, Aubin said. “If I can sprinkle in some of these crossover hits like Sleeping Beauty, it’s good.”
In addition to listening to the beautiful melodies played by the SMSO, there will also be costumed characters to interact with the audience - come early to have your picture taken with Aurora from Sleeping Beauty or Elsa from Frozen!
This is a charming concert that has something for the whole family.
Four food trucks will also be on site and will have a variety of food and beverages that can be purchased. Trucks that will be there are Brian the Munchie Man, Lost Coast Shave Ice, Lou’s Red Hot, Nola Roux and Wood Stock & Grill.
The music for the Music for the Young at Heart Concert is as follows:
Superman March - John Williams 
Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams 
The Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite - Shore/Whitney 
Star Wars Suite for Orchestra- Imperial March - JohnWilliams 
Star Wars Suite for Orchestra- Princess Leia’s Theme - John Williams 
Star Wars Suite for Orchestra - Main Title - JohnWilliams 
Harry’s Wondrous World - John Williams 
Aunt Marge’s Waltz from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Suite for Orchestra - John Williams
Swan Lake Suite, op.20a I. Scene & Ill. Danse des cygnes - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
No. 5 Waltz from Sleeping Beauty Suite , op.66a - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music from Frozen - Anderson-Lopez
Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, op.46 Mvts. 1 & 4 - Edvard Grieg 
MSU Fight Song - Lankey
The Victors March (U-M) - Elbel/Luck 
Notre Dame Victory March - Michael J. Shea/JohnF. Shea
Event details:
What: Music for the Young at Heart
Where: Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park, St. Joseph, Mich.
When: Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm (Gates open at 5:30 pm)
Tickets are $20 (lawn seating); $10 (children ages 12 & under); $30 (reserved seating); and tables $350 (includes 10 tickets and 2 VIP parking passes). They are available online at, by calling the SMSO office at 269-982-4030 or in person at 513 Ship St., St. Joseph. The cost of all tickets is $5 higher the day of the concert.
Sponsors: The Symphony is only able to present events with the support of the community. While their support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful for our event sponsors: The Scholl Foundation, Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.