You ain't seen nothin' yet

2012-10-28T00:00:00Z You ain't seen nothin' yetKirk Muspratt nwitimes.com
October 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

So, you came to our opening Beatles-themed concert and you enjoyed it, eh? You looked and sounded  like you enjoyed it. Immensely! All that twisting and shouting out there in the audience.  HOLY COW!

Well, that's great but, ummm, I gotta tell ya, ya ain't seen nothin' yet.

Do not prepare to be amazed by our Purdue Varsity Glee Club concert. Prepare to be BLOWN AWAY. You may have seen the Purdue Glee Club perform locally before, but this time they will be singing with the full power of your Symphony.

On stage, there will our fine orchestra, our fine full chorus, and the 60 young men of the world famous Purdue Varsity Glee Club.  Most of us in this part of America are keenly aware of the 115-year old ensemble, an ensemble that brings the kind of the vibrant entertainment we think of with Straight No Chaser and the quality of singing that we associate with groups like The Kings Singers.

Witness how the guys sell out each and every year when they come to sing by themselves at the Theatre at the Center in Munster. It is really a huge tradition for all of us to go hear the men of the black and gold.  The concert features a complete diversity of music.

They are going to sing Sousa's "Stars And Stripes Forever" then we are going to play the our version of "Stars And Stripes Forever." 

They are going to croon some Gilbert and Sullivan; then we are going to do some of our own Gilbert and Sullivan.  

When they want to show off with some Broadway tunes from "Oklahoma" or "Swing Time," then we will show off too with "The Producers."

And, when they sing some beauteous folk standards like "Shenandoah," we will sing the gospel of "Amazing Grace."

In addition, our chorus is going to present a terrific set of pieces called Animal Crackers by the extremely popular American choral composer, Eric Whitacre. (Eric was the featured composer last year in Chicago at the American Choral Directors' convention.)  In Animal Crackers, Whitacre paints the texts of that ever-witty word smith, Ogdan Nash. There are pieces as varied as The Eel, The Panther, The Kangaroo, and The Cow. Each of them lasts about 1 minute and they are a “hoot.”

We are also going to show off our splendid concertmaster, Michele Lekas, in a gorgeous piece of Russian ballet music: “Phoenix” from "The Red Poppy."

Plus, there will be a world premiere on the concert: a piece entitled "Joyful, Joyful" that is based upon the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Ted Arthur, from Purdue, has written a great new piece just for our concert. 

So there is something for everyone.

If you like to hear handsome, charismatic men sing pieces like "Come Fly With Me" and "God Bless The USA" then you must come and join us!

If you want to a see a handsome, charismatic man conducting pieces like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the music of "Unchained Melody" from the film "Ghost," then you must come join us and bring a friend.

Bring a friend please and let them share in the experience of quality music at an affordable price, and friendly, community environment. Let them celebrate with us the talents and treasures of our Indiana. 

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will perform with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The concert will feature a mix of Broadway, classical and patriotic favorites. The Symphony Chorus will also perform. Tickets are $25 - $65 and students are always just $10. For tickets call 219-836-0525 x200 or visit www.nisorchestra.org.

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