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News Release: Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra: Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert

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May 22, 2019
This year the Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert will celebrate its 21st and final concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in City Center Park, Benton Harbor. The event will be hosted by Niki Haris.  The CHCT concert has been an annual community event to celebrate the importance of people from all communities and walks of life coming together in downtown Benton Harbor to appreciate the arts.  The event is named in honor of Gene Harris, a hometown talent who went on to become a shining star.  Gene was pleased to return and give back to the community. The community he truly loved. A city he was proud to call home.
The CHCT committee is excited to see the vitality of the Benton Harbor Arts District and feels it is time to focus on the other dynamic events that are happening.  Beth Haire-Lewis, daughter of Gene Haire, states, “This event supports the desire to create a life of inclusion, not exclusion, through music.  Till the launching of the concert 21 years ago, few major arts activities occurred in Benton Harbor.”  The Arts District continues to grow with new opportunities embracing the community.  This event is free for the entire community.
The CHCT committee is very proud of successfully accomplishing the goals for this “FREE” event over the past 20 years:
  • To bring arts and cultural activities to all of our communities, with special emphasis on the residents of Benton Harbor.
  • To promote the revitalization of the Benton Harbor Main Street corridor.
  • To invite a diverse population to come together in fellowship to create new friendships and strengthen existing relationships.