Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra conductor Kirk Muspratt continues to deliver compelling pieces to audiences.
The orchestra's latest program, "Swept Away," scheduled to be presented Feb. 8 at The Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point will feature a diverse playlist of compositions.
Muspratt said the theme for the 2013 season of orchestra programming is "Prepare to be Amazed" and he intends to make sure audiences are not only amazed but entertained. "I have to keep my promise," he said.
The mixed bag of tunes features everything from a world premiere of music from "Matrix Revolutions" to West Side Story's "Symphonic Dances" as well as a performance of Korngold's "Violin Concerto in D Major" by special guest violinist Corey Cerovsek.
"I'm looking forward to (the performance) of the Korngold concerto although it's a very difficult, challenging, and unusual piece to put together," said Muspratt. He said he also looks forward to working with Cerovsek, who'll be making his first appearance with the orchestra.
Cerovsek, a native of Canada, who now lives in Paris, plays a "Milanollo" Stradivarius violin dating to 1728. "It's one of 400 Stradivarius' in the world," Muspratt said, about the instrument considered a Cadillac of violins. The award-winning violinist is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and is also a gifted mathematician.
Muspratt said Korngold's piece is one of his favorite compositions.
"It's one of the most touching pieces. When I listen to it, it just touches me and gets inside my gut," he said.
The conductor is also happy to be presenting the world premiere of 'Neodammerung" from "Matrix Revolutions" which the chorus will perform.
"I got the composer Don Davis to let me use six minutes of it," Muspratt said, adding the music is dynamic and "terrifying." Audiences will also enjoy Bernstein's popular "West Side Story" tunes which Muspratt called simply perfect.
In addition to the concert, Muspratt will present his pre-concert conversation with audience members at 6:15 p.m. He'll offer his "Cookies with Kirk" event after the show, meeting with audience members in a social setting where coffee and other goodies are served.
"That's a way to connect with people and see what they like and don't like," the conductor said. "There's a camaraderie that exists at these concerts."