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.
Our other concerts are as follows: Cedar Lake - July 20, Griffith - July 26, Crown Point - July 27, and the Wolf Lake facility in Hammond on August 2.
The concerts will be the mix of repertoire that you have asked for in the past: some light classical music, some patriotic music, some film music, some pop music and hopefully some surprises. What I will try to do also is to tell you just a bit about the music during the concert so that it is more of a complete "experience" and may also urge you to investigate more of that music once your return home.
Finally, we may do some music that will make you think about purchasing your tickets for next season. You know that this past year 2 of our 3 classical concerts were completely sold out and we had to turn people away? In addition, if you buy your tickets at the summer concerts, you get a discount - so that is always good.
Did I mention that all the concerts are at 7:30 p.m.? And did I remind you all to please come back after the concerts to say hello to me? I really like meeting you or just saying hi again! Also, please encourage your children to come back and say howdy so that I can hear what they thought of the concerts, will you? Greeting the children with their parents and grandparents is the best part of the whole concert for me.
Speaking of kids, don’t forget our Symphony Youth Orchestra will be performing their Spring Concert with the Symphony Chorus on Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm at Morton High School in Hammond. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and students are free with a valid student ID. This concert is really always a treat for the whole family.