Orchestrating a magical mystery tour

2012-09-07T00:00:00Z 2012-09-07T14:15:58Z Orchestrating a magical mystery tourEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Take a magical mystery tour with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and a quartet of special guests.

The orchestra will open its season with a fun, fab program titled "Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles" at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

"We have an amazing season planned," said Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Muspratt said the opening concert will offer a dazzling mix of sight and sound as four performers from past Broadway productions of "Beatlemania" will take the spotlight.

The conductor, who has been a longtime Beatles fan, said the actors/singers who play the famous Liverpudlians offer fans an engaging show featuring Fab Four favorites.

"They are terrific," Muspratt said. During the show, fans can expect to hear hits such as "Yesterday" featuring an acoustic guitar, the rockin' "I Am the Walrus," and "Penny Lane," accompanied by trumpets, which are reminiscent of the Beatles' original recording.

Muspratt said a special tribute to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will be performed in celebration of the iconic album's 45th anniversary. The conductor commented that the John, Paul, George, and Ringo tribute artists provide an entertaining retro-inspired evening filled with great sounds.

In addition to the whimsical opening show, guests may attend a gala dinner prior to the concert. The gala will take place in the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza's Celebrity Ballroom. After the show, a dessert and champagne reception will also be featured.

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. Proceeds will benefit the Symphony's music and education programs.

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