If you're a fan of the television show "Glee!," you may want to check out a regional version of the choral group musical show concept when Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the season next week.
"South Shore Glee!" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The show puts the talents of local school choirs into the spotlight. A variety of tunes from Broadway and the pop world will take the spotlight during the family-friendly production.
Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, said he's happy to work with some of the dynamic choral groups from the region.
"This show involves young people in the community and our orchestra is extremely community based and education-oriented," Muspratt said.
He said it's important for the orchestra to continue its community outreach in this way by incorporating the talents of the high school groups.
Performing along with the orchestra in concert will be Choralteens from Merrillville High School, Wolffgang from Hobart High School, the Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Crown Point native Blake Zolfo will be a special guest during the show. Zolfo stepped in at the last minute, filling in for the choir from Lake Central High School.
Zolfo, a student at the Boston Conservatory of Music, will also be performing at the orchestra's Women's Association's 40th annual May Wine Brunch on May 16.
Muspratt said while this current concert will not be an exact clone of the "Glee" shows with big production numbers involving dance routines, it will match the concept of the hit television series in its energy and its focus on the talents of the teens.
"Our musicians generally like working with the young people and encouraging them," the conductor said.
Among some of the selections on the playlist will be songs from "West Side Story," "The Little Mermaid," and "Camelot."
The choirs will also deliver tunes such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," rockin' songs from Queen, and the inspirational "You Raise Me Up."
Muspratt encourages music fans to bring their entire families to enjoy a night of great sounds.