IN TUNE: Our joyous northwest celebration and tradition

2013-12-08T08:30:00Z 2013-12-11T17:47:10Z IN TUNE: Our joyous northwest celebration and traditionBy Kirk Muspratt Special to The Times
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!

The concert also holds a strong feeling of tradition. I believe that the concert brings us back to the time when we were all children. It does for me. The music of "O Come All Ye Faithful", "The First Noel", and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" take me immediately back to our Sunday school Christmas pageants and also to Christmas Eve.

My mother would put out the carrots for my two favorite reindeer – Donner and Blitzen. (She had told me that their names meant thunder and lightning, so I thought that was pretty cool.) On those nights, I can remember steadfastly sitting on the couch, staring at the back door. I knew that the back door faced north as right outside was the mountain and we had to know our directions when we went to play each day. I would sit on the couch with my little brother falling asleep all over me, and refuse to go to bed. I wanted to see Santa!

It is now so ironic that Santa is a good friend of mine, and I get to see him each and every year during our concert. However, back then, when I really needed to see him, I never caught even a glimpse of him. Santa and I laugh about this quite often now.

Many of you never miss our holiday concert and many of you have sent me your requests for music. This year the concert is filled with more of the music you have requested than in any Holiday Pops concerts previously: "King of Kings", "Total Praise", "Amazing Grace", "Ose Shalom", "Donkey Carol" and "Sleigh Ride" just to name a few.

Plus, last year, the children from Eisenhower Elementary school were such a huge hit with everyone that we asked them to return. They are going to sing John Williams' "Somewhere in my Memory" from "Home Alone 2" and perhaps my favorite piece on the program, "I’m Dreaming of Home" from the movie "Joyeux Noel."

Please join us for this special tradition, this important celebration, this evening of the gift of music to all of us.

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops! Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The concert will feature the Symphony Chorus and the Eisenhower Elementary School Choir of Crown Point. Tickets are $25 - $65 and students are always just $10. For tickets or more information, please contact the Box Office at (219) 836-0525 x200 or visit

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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