MUNSTER | A recent Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Pops concert was a fun-filled night loaded with lots of great music, interesting costumes, audience participation, an appearance by TV-icon Svengoolie, talented youth and several surprises.
Maestro Kirk Muspratt entered the stage unveiling his long-awaited top secret Halloween costume – Kiss. Young Artist Competition winners Paloma Chavira and Alexandra Lilovich performed during intermission.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Executive Director John Cain honors Lowell High School junior Joe Long with the 2013 Regional Youth Arts Award certificate and a $500 check on stage at the symphony’s Halloween Pops concert Thursday at Star Plaza Theatre. Long has played clarinet two and a half years with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and is in his second year with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet. Long has won 20 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) solo and ensemble medals to date.
The Symphony’s Youth Chorus and Youth Orchestra showcased local talent. Selections included “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Back to the Future,” and selections from E.T., Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
Audience participation was encouraged during Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Muspratt asked everyone to use the glow sticks included in the programs to help conduct while they stomped their feet and clapped in appropriate intervals in the song.
The Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert will be Thursday Dec. 12. It is rumored that there might be a special guest – Santa Claus himself!