MUSIC

South Shore Summer Music Festival opens this weekend

2012-07-20T00:00:00Z 2012-08-06T15:11:16Z South Shore Summer Music Festival opens this weekendEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

The summer breeze will carry classic sounds through the region beginning this weekend.

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra kicks off its South Shore Summer Musical Festival with a concert July 21 in Cedar Lake.

"The concerts have become a tradition in the community," said Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor of The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. "I love the towns and the people are wonderful."

The free summer series is in its sixth year and the symphony is returning to some of the same towns it's visited before — Cedar Lake, Griffith, Crown Point and Hammond.

"Valparaiso is a new place for us," Muspratt said. The orchestra will perform in the town's Central Park Plaza.

The maestro said the playlist for the concerts will feature a mix of tunes, including everything from light classical selections to Broadway and movie music and patriotic songs.

Student musicians will also perform.

Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the orchestra's 2012-2013 season at a 5 percent discount.

The 2012-2013 season opens Sept. 21 with the fifth annual opening concert gala, "Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles."

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