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Maestro Kirk Muspratt of the Northwest Indiana Symphony brings the latest news on the symphony, arts and culture in this monthly column.

IN TUNE: Outdoor summer concerts bring the classics to you

July 13, 2014 11:25 am  • 

Hello summer music friends! We at the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra are about to launch our annual South Shore Summer Music Festival. We certainly hope that you will join us again for these splendid evenings.

We have concerts in the region from Cedar Lake to Hammond, beginning in Cedar Lake on July 19. The following week finds us in Griffith on July 25 and Crown Point on July 26.

Next month we play in Hammond at Wolf Lake Pavilion on August 1,  and we will conclude our tour in Schererville on Aug. 9.

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In Tune: One of the best concerts we will ever give

June 15, 2014 6:00 am  • 

On Sunday afternoon and evening, June 22, the Northwest Indiana Symphony and chorus is going to give one of best concerts we will ever give.

Not only best, but entertaining, moving and, I hope, informative.

Film music is a miracle. Film music is a wild thing. It can crack open your heart. It can burst these hearts of ours with its ability to tell a story of compassion or dream love, its portrayal of pain and fear, or its gift to bring the joy and humor to a bubbly comedy.

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Youth Orchestra concert kicks off European tour

May 15, 2014 1:00 am  • 

I hope you will all join us for our Youth Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School.

It is really the kick-off concert for the Youth Orchestra going on their European tour. What an unforgettable and inspiring experience this will be for these fine young people.

On this kick-off concert there will be music from different periods - Vivaldi from the Baroque, Beethoven from the Classical, Gounod from the Early Romantic and wild Berlioz from the Late Romantic.

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In Tune: 'The Titan Symphony'

April 27, 2014 6:00 am  • 

Hello everyone! Our wonderfully successful season will be capped by performance of "Mahler's Symphony No. 1—The Titan"—on Friday evening, May 2.

It has been a wonderfully successful year with superb performances by the symphony and chorus, generous support from all of you in the community, and concerts with few seats left to be had. (I hope that you will grab your tickets right away as our last two performances have been sold out!)

It is fitting that we end our season with this amazing, uplifting and mind-boggling symphony. For one, you ask me for Mahler all the time. Just last week I had a lady write to me and request more Mahler. The week before, I was speaking to a group of PEO ladies in Munster, and when I asked which composer they wanted to hear more of, the first answer was "Mahler"!

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In Tune: A blend of bluegrass and Mass

In Tune: A blend of bluegrass and Mass
March 30, 2014 6:00 am  • 

“Bluegrass” and “Mass”? Those two words don’t seem to have much in common (except 3 letters!). But in American composer Carol Barnett’s wonderful creation, "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" these two words and the genres of music they represent come together to form a joyous piece that has come to be loved by singers around the world.

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus is excited to join with the amazing bluegrass band Monroe Crossing in bringing the Bluegrass Mass to Northwest Indiana audiences on April 4. The piece blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience.

I had the opportunity to conduct the Carnegie Hall premiere of "The World Beloved" last February with a group of 300 singers along with Monroe Crossing. Nearly all of the singers had sung the piece before and wanted the chance to sing it again in the great acoustics of Carnegie Hall. Both the composer and librettist were present, and we had the chance to speak with them about the music and texts. Twenty members of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus participated in this NYC concert and all wanted to bring the piece back to Northwest Indiana for our own audiences to experience it.

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In Tune: A wonderful concert for families

March 12, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Dear readers,

Our next Symphony concert is going to be a wonderful concert for families! It certainly will be a super concert for anyone who loves the piano or is studying the piano.

Why? Well, there will be two pianos on stage, facing each other; dueling pianos, if you will. And these two pianos will be played by two award-winning Chicago pianists, Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi.

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IN TUNE: A wonderful concert for families

March 09, 2014 8:30 am  • 

Dear readers,

Our next Symphony concert is going to be a wonderful concert for families! It certainly will be a super concert for anyone who loves the piano or is studying the piano.

Why? Well, there will be two pianos on stage, facing each other; dueling pianos, if you will. And these two pianos will be played by two award-winning Chicago pianists, Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi.

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IN TUNE: The ultimate romantic date for Valentine's evening

February 09, 2014 8:30 am  • 

Hello everyone and a Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you!

I hear that you are looking for the perfect Valentine's evening event. I understand.

Well, there can be nothing more romantic, more classy, more informing, more astonishing than attending our performance of Tosca at Bethel Auditorium on Friday night, Feb. 14.

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IN TUNE: Our joyous northwest celebration and tradition

December 08, 2013 8:30 am  • 

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!

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IN TUNE: Back by Popular Demand - Symphony Halloween Concert!

IN TUNE: Back by Popular Demand - Symphony Halloween Concert!
October 21, 2013 8:30 am  • 

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.

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