Audiences should expect an eclectic mix of music during the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's 2012-2013 season.
"We want people to prepare to be amazed," says Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Muspratt says when each new season is planned, he and the staff aim to put together a rich and varied series of programs.
The orchestra's season begins on a pop note September 21 with "Classical Mystery Tour—A Tribute to the Beatles." Muspratt, who's been a longtime Beatles fan, says the show will star entertainers from the "Beatlemania" Broadway production.
During the concert, fans will hear Beatles hits and a special tribute to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 45th anniversary. In addition to the concert, a gala dinner will be presented. "They are terrific," Muspratt says, describing the quartet who'll perform Fab Four favorites.
Another concert of note on the schedule is the Purdue Varsity Glee Club on November 1 with the Symphony Chorus. "I've been wanting to do a program with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club for the last three or four years," Muspratt says.
The celebratory show "Holiday Pops" on December 6 features the chorus as well as Eisenhower Elementary School Choir.
"Mahler 2," scheduled for April 12, is another the conductor has wanted to do for awhile. '"Mahler 2' is one of the most magnificent and enormous pieces of music," Muspratt says. The show will also feature the Symphony Chorus along with soprano Alison Wahl and mezzosoprano Margaret Stoltz.
The symphony's program "Swept Away," on February 8, will put the spotlight on pieces from the films West Side Story and The Matrix, among others. Also featured on the program will be the Symphony Chorus and violinist Corey Cerovsek.
Symphony concerts will be performed at either Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville or the Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point. Single show tickets are $25 to $65; student tickets are $10 with valid student I.D. Gala package reservations are $115 per person in addition to the concert ticket. For more information, call 219.836.0525 ext 200, or visit nisoorchestra.org.