Few venues better showcase The Bend’s arts culture than the Morris Performing Arts Center.
Nationally recognized musical acts and theatrical productions regularly make the Morris one of their stops. And its location is ideal — positioned in the heart of downtown South Bend with several hotels, restaurants, bars and other attractions within walking (or biking!) distance.
On top of all that, it’s a historic venue. The Morris opened in 1922. Over the years it has maintained its vintage architectural look while modernizing to accommodate today’s acts and audiences. In 1985, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several major, headlining acts graced the Morris during its early years. Names like Houdini, Big Crosby, Elvis Presley and even Frank Sinatra.
Downturn in the 1950s gave way to a renaissance beginning the next decade. Consider some of the bands to roll through the Morris since then: Stevie Wonder, REO Speedwagon, The Eagles, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mack, B.B. King and more.
National theater productions to take up residence during recent years include Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and The Book of Mormon with more to come.
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In short, the Morris is one of The Bend’s focal points. It pairs with a vibrant community theater to anchor a de facto arts and entertainment district.
Attending a show at the Morris can be the centerpiece of any visit here. Take a look at some signature events on the upcoming schedule:
Friday, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 15 | The Nutcracker
The Southold Dance Theater returns with its yearly rendition of the Nutcracker ballet. Exquisite dances and glittering costumes are expected in this well-loved ballet with stunning scenery depicting historic South Bend landmarks.
Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 | South Bend Symphony Orchestra
SBSO celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with its annual holiday spectacular. “Home for the Holidays” is a sparkling mix of popular tunes, traditional carols and classical favorites.