Join us Thursdays in August at 5:30 pm on the Oval Lawn as The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra presents its free Pop Up! concert series around the community featuring members of the Symphony Orchestra and friends!

These concerts were started during the pandemic as a thank you to our community for its support of the SMSO. They are FREE to the public, however, if you are so moved, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help ensure the fiscal health of the SMSO. These concerts are supported, in part, by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The SMSO hopes the community will enjoy these rousing orchestral offerings.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Food trucks will be on-site or you may bring your own food & non-alcoholic beverage if desired.

  • August 4 – Richard Neckermann, trumpet, and Helen Lukan, piano.
  • The program includes the following music selections:
    Hyfrydol Aspects by Terry Everson
    Sound of Silence by Paul Simon, arr. Disturbed
    Concerto in D by Bach
    Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Larry Anderson
    (Unknown Piece) – piano solo


August 11 – The Norwood Trio; “In the Garden” musical selections

Featuring Kassia Martin, flute, Sam Martin, clarinet, and Carol Ambrogio-Wood, soprano

  • As it Fell Upon a Day by Aaron Copland (Norwood Trio)
    Zoe and Xena by Daniel Dorff (Kassia Martin, flute and Sam Martin, clarinet)
    Dandelion Days by Alan Ridout (Carol Ambrogio-Wood, soprano and Kassia Martin, flute)
    Danza de la Mariposa by Valeria Coleman (Kassia Martin, flute)
    Rhapsody by Wilson Osbourne (Sam Martin, clarinet)
    In the Garden by C. Austin Miles, arr. Kassia Martin (Norwood Trio)


August 18 – Brandon LePage, flute, and Rachel Miller, harp, will present a dance-themed program including Piazzola’s “History of the Tango.”

Join us for this performance as part of the George Krasl Memorial Concert.

  • August 25 – A quintet of artists will perform.
    Mark Portolese, Violin 1
    Jessica Bennett, Violin 2
    Sara Churchill, Viola
    Brook Bennett, Cello
    David Machavariani, Cello
    The performance will include Franz Shubert Cello Quintet in C major D. 956.