Some of the most romantic classical dance compositions will shine in the spotlight during Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's latest show.
The concert "Ballets by Tchaikovsky" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at The Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point.
"The music is amazing and it's fantastic orchestral writing," said Kirk Muspratt, conductor and music director for NISO. "Tchaikovsky broke the mold for the music of ballet," he added.
Included on the musical roster will be suites from the acclaimed composer such as "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty." The music from those ballets remain some of the most well known and beloved compositions in the classical repertoire.
NISO's concert will star guest artists J. Lawrie Bloom, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist; bandoneon player Ben Bogart; soprano Michelle Areyzaga; tenor Jesse Donner and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus.
Muspratt said in addition to Tchaikovsky's classic works, other pieces on the program will be "The Clarinet Concerto" by Mozart and Luis Bacalov's "Misa Tango." The conductor called "Misa Tango" a work that is beautiful and sensual. Special guest Bogart will perform on the bandoneon during "Misa Tango."
A pre-concert lecture will once again be presented by Muspratt at 6:15 p.m. "I'll be asking the guest artists to talk," he said, adding that he usually presides over the lecture. The conductor said he thought it would be an interesting angle for the soloists to speak a bit about their participation in the concert and the special musical instruments, such as the bandoneon, that they will play that evening.
"Ballets by Tchaikovsky" is sponsored by Crown Point Community Foundation, BMO Harris, MonoSol, and the Dr. Henry G. Giragos Family.