Symphony closes season with dynamic show

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z Symphony closes season with dynamic showEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

After presenting a series of fascinating musical works over the last eight months, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra plans to end its season with another stirring, dynamic program.

"This is the perfect way to end the season," said Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor for Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

The next symphony concert, featuring "Mahler I" and Barber's "Violin Concerto," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Auditorium of Bethel Church in Crown Point. Special guest will be Corey Cerovsek who'll perform Barber's acclaimed work.

About "Mahler 1," Muspratt said "It's an emotional, exciting piece of music right off the bat. It's exhilarating."

The "thrill ride of a piece," Muspratt added, is also known as "The Titan" and is thought of as an autobiographical piece by Mahler with a sophisticated narrative that's similar to a tone poem. The conductor explained Mahler wrote the piece in different forms and also continued to revise it over a 10-year period.

According to Muspratt, symphony fans are always asking for Mahler's works. Last year, the orchestra performed the equally exhilarating and powerful "Mahler 1."

Also starring in this show will be award-winning violinist (and mathematician) Corey Cerovsek who'll perform Barber's "Violin Concerto" on his “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728.

Cerovsek, who was born in Canada, now lives in Paris. He was the youngest student to receive a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and graduated from Indiana University at 15 with degrees in music and mathematics. He also completed doctoral coursework when he was 19 years old.

"He's a naturally gifted player," said Muspratt about Cerovsek. "He creates sounds with the violin that are just beautiful."

The conductor said, as Cerovsek is an alumnus of Indiana University, this concert, as last year's was, will be a type of "homecoming" for the violinist. Muspratt said orchestra attendees who saw Cerovsek last year also expressed interest in having the performer star in concert once again with NISO.

"Right away, we had requests for him to come back," he said.

Muspratt said he looks forward to planning next season's roster of shows. Fans can also see the orchestra in performances of the summer music series. Keep checking the group's website for more information on upcoming shows.

FYI: Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will perform "Mahler 1" and Barber's "Violin Concerto" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point. Tickets are $25 to $65. Students pay $10. For more information, call (219) 836-0525 or visit NISOrchestra.org to order tickets.

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