In Tune

A gleeful musical experience

2012-05-13T00:00:00Z A gleeful musical experienceBy Kirk Muspratt Special to The Times nwitimes.com
May 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

"We are the Champions! We are the Champions!" will be our call out to you during our upcoming GLEE concert!

The music of QUEEN will be sung and played by more than 250 performers with the musicians of our Symphony, our Symphony Chorus, Hobart High School' s Wolffgang, Merrillville High School's Choralteens and the Wirt/Emerson Concert Choir filling the Star Plaza Theatre with their enthusiasm and joy!

We expect you to have your cell phones out and ready to wave along with us in "We Are the Champions," as we darken the hall and hope to create a rockin' moment with all of you. (Or - if you have a candle app on your cell phone, that would be even cooler!)

In addition, we will be singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and some jumpin' tunes such as "Higher and Higher." However, by no means is the repertoire for the concert only rock-centric. Patrons who are fans of Irish music will be treated to "Riversong."  Listeners who enjoy gospel music will be moved by "You Raise Me Up."

We will be bringing music to you from Broadway without a doubt, too. Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and Frederick Loewe's "Camelot" are two centerpieces for the first half as well as "All I Ask of You" from "Phantom of the Opera."

Gifted young singer Blake Zolfo is also going to join us. I understand  he can sneeze on command,  and since we always want our concerts to be fun, I will surely ask him to demonstrate this extra talent, too!

We are all going to come together for "The Little Mermaid" and for "Beauty and the Beast" so this is a concert that children can certainly enjoy as well as their parents and grandparents.

What a lovely way to spend a quality evening with family members and friends. What a great way to support the young people in our community, their school programs, their teachers and parents who have fostered this love of music in these young artists.

I hope that these young people, singing with our professional orchestra and chorus, will experience that feeling Bernstein and Sondheim wrote about so eloquently in the first song of our evening:

" Tonight, tonight, the world is full of light, with suns and moons all over the place; tonight, tonight, the world is wild and bright, going mad, shooting sparks into space!"

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