IN TUNE

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

2013-10-21T08:30:00Z 2013-10-30T16:03:02Z IN TUNE: Back by Popular Demand - Symphony Halloween Concert!By Kirk Muspratt Special to The Times nwitimes.com
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.

So, I hope that you are ready! Svengoolie will be there to greet you, too.

On stage, there will be 110 chorus singers, 65 youth orchestra students and 70 orchestra musicians - all in costume! In the audience, you can dress as you like, but costumes are allowed, as long as they don’t interfere with your enjoyment or those around you. There might even be a prize or two for the best costume.

It is a great date night! It is a great family night! It is a great music night!

If you are a "Phantom of the Opera" fan, we have Prima Donna and Masquerade. If you are a "Les Mis" fan, we will be performing "I Dreamed a Dream" for you. And if you are a Queen fan, we have "We Will Rock You." Oh yes - YOU will be performing this piece too.

The concert will also hopefully inform our audience about different kinds of music and show off our musicians in more traditional ways too. We will offer you Grieg, Berlioz, Liszt and Saint- Saens.

For the children, we certainly have the famous "Sorcerer’s Apprentice" and "Double Trouble" from Harry Potter.

Double Trouble is also part of that scary text is from Shakespeare’s "Macbeth." Perhaps tonight before you go to bed, you will want to read that witches' spell - the one where they croon over their boiling caldron. (If you think this is scary, then just wait until you see my costume! You will have to hide the eyes of your loved ones!)

Did I mention - our orchestra is fun!? Yes, when it comes time to hammer down and play a sincere Resurrection Symphony of Mahler, we are certainly more than up to that task. But when it is time for a Halloween concert, we are going to turn out all the lights, pass out 2000 glow sticks so that you can conduct the orchestra too. We want you to have a blast.

We want to "ROCK YOU!"

Whether you enjoy Dance Macabre or Phantom Menace, please bring your family, your date, your children, your friends, your colleagues to share in this very happy evening!

Opinions are solely those of the writer's. Kirk Muspratt is the conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Muspratt's column is an occasional feature during symphony season.

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