RSSIn Tune By Kirk Muspratt
Maestro Kirk Muspratt of the Northwest Indiana Symphony brings the latest news on the symphony, arts and culture in this monthly column.
Hello friends! Happy holidays to each and every one of you! I hope that I will be able to greet you all after the Holiday Pops concert this Thursday evening. Moreover, I hope that you have purchased your tickets already!
If not, I should tell you that we have sold almost 2,800 tickets so far, and they are going quickly, so please call Nancy in our box office right away at (219) 836-0525 x200 to secure yours before we are sold out!
Just think of it! Thursday, nearly 3,000 of your friends, neighbors, colleagues, children and grandchildren all coming together, all celebrating the meaning of this season, the joy of our families and friends, and the beauty of our super-great community here in Northwest Indiana. It is an evening of celebration - the biggest celebration - as it should be!
Here’s wishing you a ghostly "BOO!” to start your Halloween season!
To all of you out there who have asked me to bring back the Halloween concert, we are back and we will rock you on Thursday evening, October 24th at the Star Plaza Theatre!
When I meet you after the summer concerts or in the parking lot at Stracks, this is the one concert that you all ask me about.
I was wondering the other night what Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz would have thought of our upcoming concert CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE! No, there will not be any animals per se in our circus, but there will be lots of other eye-popping acts that would have tickled Dorothy’s imagination.
Is it possible for a person to control 18 hula hoops at one time while matching all of this to the music of our symphony?
Is it possible for two aerial artists to be yards above the stage, on silk ribbons and not fall on the conductor?
People make plans earlier and earlier in this 21st century so I want to ask you to please include our Symphony summer concerts in YOUR summer plans. The South Shore Summer Music Festival is now in its 6th year and we are indebted to the generous and visionary sponsors we have had over these years for making this community festival possible for all of us. This year’s wonderful sponsors are Strack and Van Til, Lexus of Merrillville, and Chase. We want to thank also the townships and their excellent leadership for their hard work and focus on their communities.
This year we are playing one extra concert and it will be a first. On Saturday, August 3, we will play a concert in Marquette Park in Miller/Gary. What a great setting for a concert, eh? Right there on the lake. I would guess that people would come out and enjoy the day then sit and have a picnic dinner at the concert. That is what I would do anyway.
And this year, we are beginning the summer festival in Schererville at Redar Park on Friday, July the 19th. We are so pleased that the civic leaders in Schererville have striven diligently to make this concert work again and that we will back there with all you folks.
Hello friends! Please join us for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to hear the astonishing Mahler 2nd symphony, "The Resurrection", on Friday, April 12th, at the Auditorium at Bethel Church.
The last time, and really the only other time, that our symphony and chorus performed this work was in 1991. The stage will be jam packed with 200 musicians. We even have to have musicians playing up in the balcony.
Also, it is not so often that we can schedule a piece with this message right after Easter. However, this year we got lucky and with Easter still in our hearts and minds, we will have the opportunity to share this spiritual and uplifting piece of music with you. I think that this music must be what music in heaven is like.
Yep. Hector Louis Berlioz was either plumb crazy or they just do not make men like that anymore — regarding romancing a woman, that is.
On September 11, 1827, 24-year-old Hector went to see "Hamlet." (Shakespeare was the rage just then with the enlightenment having just finished.) On stage, in the role of Ophelia, he saw the Irish beauty Harriet Smithson, the most famous actress of her day and Berlioz fell madly in love with her.
For the next 3 years, you cannot say that Berlioz pined for her. Pined would be an extremely vague and weak term compared to what he felt; he trembled all day for her, he felt her presence in every living breath that he took, he could not sleep for weeks at a time, he had no desire for food or drink, his head was swirling with images of her, her eyes, her voice 24/7.
This Friday evening at the Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point the Symphony will be performing my favorite violin concerto - the Korngold Violin Concerto. I am convinced that, after the concert, it will also be YOUR favorite violin concerto!
Imagine, if you will, the sweeping ultra-romantic music of early 1940s movies, The Seahawk, Captain Blood, and The Adventures Of Robin Hood starring the likes of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland! Then just make that into a violin concerto and you've got it!
The music is swashbuckling and sweeping. Moreover, it is amorous and tender in ways that only the music of those wonderful years gave us. You can almost hear the chivalry in the melodies. You can almost hear the understated courtships that went on then between man and woman - before the days of speed dating and "I Want to Marry a Millionaire.”
HOLIDAY GREETINGS EVERYONE!
I was just speaking with Santa on his cell phone and he is going bonkers with work right now. However, he took time to pass the phone around to Mrs. Santa, the elves and the reindeer so that they could all wish me a Merry Christmas.
Each of them seemed to have something special to say about the artists and music on our "Holiday Pops" concert coming up on Thursday the 6th.
So, you came to our opening Beatles-themed concert and you enjoyed it, eh? You looked and sounded like you enjoyed it. Immensely! All that twisting and shouting out there in the audience. HOLY COW!
Well, that's great but, ummm, I gotta tell ya, ya ain't seen nothin' yet.
Do not prepare to be amazed by our Purdue Varsity Glee Club concert. Prepare to be BLOWN AWAY. You may have seen the Purdue Glee Club perform locally before, but this time they will be singing with the full power of your Symphony.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Northwest Indiana:
Hello everyone, it’s me, John Lennon, writing to you about the upcoming Beatles tribute show Sept. 21 at the Star Plaza Theatre.
Ok, it is just me, Kirk, writing to you about the concert. As I may have told you at one point, I had my own Beatles tribute band a long time ago and I was the John Lennon because I was the one studying music, plus I played piano, guitar and I sang.
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