Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

If you haven't scored tickets to go see "Wicked,” there's another music-filled event taking place this weekend in South Bend.

The soulful sound of saxophones filled the air Thursday afternoon at the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau on Colfax Avenue.

About 50 people were invited to get a sneak peek of this year's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which kicks off Friday on Notre Dame's campus.

It's the largest chamber music competition in the world, and brings hundreds of the most talented young musicians from around the globe, right here to South Bend.

“Tourism is much more than Notre Dame football,” says Rob DeCleene the executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “It's performing arts events, 'Wicked' is here right now also for the next 10 days, another classic example, so it just puts South Bend on the map as an arts destination or actually even I think solidifies us a little bit on the map for the arts events that we have in town.”

The Fischoff is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The competition gets underway tomorrow at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center. The event is free to the public until the championship on Sunday afternoon, which requires tickets.


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