CROWN POINT | The weather may have been chilly and fall-like, but the music of the Northwest Indiana warmed the souls of the thousands who filled the lawn at Franciscan St. Anthony to enjoy the outdoor concert.
Symphony Conductor Kirk Muspratt said that in Canada where he was born and raised they would call it “snuggle weather.”
Jackets and blankets were the night’s fashion statements. Musk lovers, some in large groups, sat in their lawn chairs. Many brought food ranging from Subways to appetizers to fancy desserts. In Ravinia style, they were even candelabras.
Symphony shirts with a “kirkature” on the back were on sale this year as well as season tickets for the symphony season which begins with the Cirque de la Symphony6 Sept. 20. It will feature contortionists, jugglers and aerial artists.
Saturday’s selections ranged from classical, to marches, to movie and television theme songs with a bit of Irish melodies also featured.
All veterans in the audience were asked to stand and be recognized with applause from the crowd and the playing of Taps.
The Young People’s Competition Winners entertained the throng during intermission. Seven-year-old Rianne Murphy played the piano and Valparaiso High School trio Kimi Czerwinski, Rachael Nanast and Storm Stevenson sang.
The evening ended with music from the movie “Rocky.”
Symphony tickets for the 2013-2014 season are available at http://nwisymphony.org/
Two more summer concerts were scheduled: Aug. 2 at Hammond’s Wolf Lake Pavilion (at Calumet and Sheffield Avenues) with a rain location at Calumet College of St. Joseph Athletic Center at 2400 New York Avenue in Whiting and Aug. 3 at Gary/Miller Beach, Marquette Park, 1 N. Grand Ave. with a rain location at Wirt Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy, 210 N. Grand Ave. Both began at 7:30 p.m.