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Lyric Opera Season highlights return to International Friendship Gardens

Lyric Opera Season highlights return to International Friendship Gardens

Once again the beautiful Symphony Garden with its reflecting pool, dancing fountains and tall overhanging spruce trees becomes the setting for an afternoon of opera highlights.

September 07, 2012 12:00 am

Whiting Park Festival Orchestra pays tribute to 'Star Wars'

The renovated pavilion and gently sloping hillside, with great views throughout, play host to orchestra and audiences Saturday evening as Robert Vodnoy begins his 13th season as music director of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra.  

July 20, 2012 12:00 am
Cathedral Arts welcomes Michigan organist for annual recital

Cathedral Arts welcomes Michigan organist for annual recital

For the Cathedral Arts annual spring recital, organist David Troiano will play music built around the theme "With a Greater Alleluia: An Easter Celebration."

April 13, 2012 12:00 am
Comedic satire, tense drama mark Chicago Opera Theater premieres

Comedic satire, tense drama mark Chicago Opera Theater premieres

Chicago Opera Theater opens its 2012 season with Dmitri Shostakovich's "Moscow, Cheryomushki" and Handel's "Teseo."

April 13, 2012 12:00 am

Cathedral Arts recital features New York organist

New York–based international concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer will play works ranging from Baroque to contemporary on the Casavant organ at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Gary.

January 27, 2012 12:00 am

Lyric Opera highlights ring through International Friendship Gardens

MICHIGAN CITY | The late summer ambiance of Michigan City's International Friendship Gardens becomes the backdrop at 4 p.m. today for a concert of highlights from Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2011-12 season.

September 18, 2011 12:00 am

Whiting concert pays tribute to 9/11 with Labor Day Spectacular

The Labor Day Spectacular, hosted by the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus, speaks to American traditions, themes and values and will conclude with fireworks over Lake Michigan.

September 02, 2011 12:00 am
Theater on the Lake offers diverse mix

Theater on the Lake offers diverse mix

Chicago's 2011 Theater on the Lake once again showcases some of the best professional off–Loop theater productions from this past year, selected by TOTL artistic director Hallie Gordon.

June 13, 2011 12:00 am
South Shore Orchestra opens 2011 season with 'Footprints in the Sand'

South Shore Orchestra opens 2011 season with 'Footprints in the Sand'

"Footprints in the Sand," featuring music by Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh and Rimsky-Korsakov's cinematic "Scheherazade," opens the 2011 season of the South Shore Orchestra under the direction of Troy Webdell. The program embodies the season's theme "Global Expressions" and extends the SS…

May 27, 2011 12:00 am
Experience 'An American Musical Journey' with NWI Concert Association

Experience 'An American Musical Journey' with NWI Concert Association

The fresh, crisp, outdoor sounds of the Dallas Brass should wow listeners of all ages Sunday afternoon in the concluding concert of the 63rd season of the NWI Concert Association/Munster.

May 20, 2011 12:00 am
'The King and I' as timely as ever

'The King and I' as timely as ever

"Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," "Something Wonderful," "Hello Young Lovers," "We Kiss in a Shadow," "I Have Dreamed," "Shall We Dance."

April 29, 2011 12:00 am

The tragic life of 'Floyd Collins' comes to VU stage

According to Valparaiso University theater director Lee Orchard, Stephen Sondheim called 'Floyd Collins' "the best new musical he's seen in the last 25 years."

April 08, 2011 12:00 am
Destino brings an evening of enchanted music

Destino brings an evening of enchanted music

Looking for an enchanted evening of song? How about a mixture of pop, jazz and opera delivered by world–class tenors?

March 25, 2011 12:00 am
'La Traviata' up close and personal

'La Traviata' up close and personal

Once again the stage at Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts transforms into an intimate cabaret space with table seating for 210. The occasion is the final installment of the "Opera Up Close" 2010-11 series, a concert version of Verdi's "La Traviata."

March 25, 2011 12:00 am

Bach Collegium Japan performs at VU

Internationally recognized as one of the great contemporary interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach's choral works, Bach Collegium Japan, led by Masaaki Suzuki, will perform the Lutheran composer's monumental Mass in B minor in the wonderful setting of Valparaiso University's Chapel of the Res…

March 11, 2011 12:30 am
John Davidson Performs Las Vegas–Style in Munster

John Davidson Performs Las Vegas–Style in Munster

What are your memories of John Davidson?

March 04, 2011 12:00 am
Heroes and survivors featured at La Porte Symphony concert

Heroes and survivors featured at La Porte Symphony concert

What James Bond movies have you (or haven't you) seen? Which is your favorite?

March 04, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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VU gives the classic story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' a new twist

"Little Red Riding Hood" has long been a mainstay of popular culture.

February 11, 2011 12:00 am

Valparaiso University organist to play in Cathedral Arts concert

John Bernthal, associate professor of music and associate university organist at Valparaiso University, makes his first appearance in the always superb Cathedral Arts Series.

January 28, 2011 12:00 am
Museum offers vistors a chance to walk in Ford's footsteps

Museum offers vistors a chance to walk in Ford's footsteps

The image of Gerald R. Ford has grown in stature over the years. It's widely acknowledged today that during his 2-1/2-years as president (1974–77), he helped restore faith in U.S. leaders and the American people. But many did not share this assessment during that time.

January 08, 2011 12:00 am
Rotary jail an ingenious architectural find

Rotary jail an ingenious architectural find

I confess I was not thrilled at the prospect of touring an old jail, but since other historic Crawfordsville sites of higher priority were closed, our group of long–time friends and, more recently, fellow travelers decided to visit the Rotary Jail Museum.

December 18, 2010 12:00 am

Feel the holiday spirit

There's nothing like a live concert in a beautifully decorated auditorium with a symphony orchestra and chorus to spark holiday spirit. Recordings do not duplicate the energy flowing back and forth between performers and audience.

December 03, 2010 12:00 am
Marriage and comic mayhem

Marriage and comic mayhem

Can a séance actually bring back sprits of the deceased to communicate with loved ones?

December 03, 2010 12:00 am

'Tartuffe' takes the stage Nov. 10-14 at Valparaiso University

Moliere's "Tartuffe," one of the greatest comedies of all time, should keep Valparaiso University theater audiences in stitches.

November 05, 2010 12:00 am
'The Drowsy Chaperone' takes the stage at Marian Theatre Guild

'The Drowsy Chaperone' takes the stage at Marian Theatre Guild

It can't be all that bad if it ends with four couples ready to be married in the sky.

November 05, 2010 12:00 am

Diverse cultures connect at South Shore Orchestra concert

The 60–member South Shore Orchestra, led by Troy Webdell, takes on humanity in its 2010 season.

October 22, 2010 12:00 am

Celebrating an improved Chorus Angelorum

Chorus Angelorum celebrates 25 years with a concert of something familiar and something new.

October 17, 2010 12:00 am

Journey into uncharted seas with the Calumet Chamber Musicians

Are you willing to go where few humans have gone?

October 08, 2010 12:00 am
Art in the park lives on

Art in the park lives on

For its 12th Sondheim musical, Porchlight Music Theatre presents "Sunday in the Park with George," a story about life and art and how decisions affect future generations.

October 01, 2010 12:00 am

'Almost Maine' explores love and relationships

A shoe drops from the sky, a woman literally carries her broken heart in a bag and people fall (literally, not just figuratively) in or out of love.

October 01, 2010 12:00 am
Otero Dance Company performs in Valparaiso on Sept. 25

Otero Dance Company performs in Valparaiso on Sept. 25

You can go to Cirque du Soleil to see amazing virtuosic Argentine gaucho dancing, or you can go to the internationally acclaimed "Rhythm & Passion" performance Sept. 25 at Valparaiso High School.

September 24, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Lyric Opera nurtures Romantics

Lyric Opera nurtures Romantics

Opera in the park?

September 10, 2010 12:00 am

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' take over TAC

Theatre at the Center presents the Northwest Indiana premiere and first Chicago area resident company production of the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

September 03, 2010 12:00 am
Buddy Jewell brings country to Munster

Buddy Jewell brings country to Munster

"Am I goin' to see my grandpa,

August 27, 2010 12:00 am

Broadway, patriotic themes highlight final summer symphony concerts in Whiting

The expanded Whiting Park Festival Chorus, prepared by Don Kometz, joins the orchestra in the final two concerts of the 2010 summer symphony season, conducted by music director Robert Vodnoy.

August 20, 2010 12:00 am

'Hot Mikado' swings into Drury Lane Oakbrook

When it's turned on, it sizzles; when it heats up, it explodes.

August 13, 2010 12:00 am
Music, moods will swing at Lakefront Park

Music, moods will swing at Lakefront Park

Returning favorites Carl Linden and Marilyn Gaza and newcomers Take Five fill out the summer concert season at Whiting's Lakefront Park.

August 06, 2010 12:00 am
A wooden puppet comes to life

A wooden puppet comes to life

How do you stage a wooden puppet coming to life? How do you stage Pinocchio and his creator Geppetto being swallowed by the same giant whale?

July 28, 2010 12:00 am
Movie buffs head to Traverse City, Mich., for annual festival

Movie buffs head to Traverse City, Mich., for annual festival

Watching a great movie in the beautifully restored State Theatre in the heart of downtown Traverse City ... What more can you ask for?

July 24, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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A summer afternoon outdoor concert with a European feel

The sidewalk space in front of Valparaiso's Old World Market once again creates a special ambiance for an old world–style chamber concert. The music will be played by a woodwind quintet composed of members of the South Shore Orchestra, led by Troy Webdell.

July 23, 2010 12:00 am

Whiting Park Orchestra salutes Pierogi Fest

The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, led by Robert Vodnoy, opens its four–concert 2010 season Saturday with a salute to Whiting's internationally renowned Pierogi Fest, being held July 23-25.

July 16, 2010 12:00 am

An 'Island' tale of the power of love

"It's a fable, a fantasy with authentic elements of real life on a Caribbean island. It's a life lesson about the power of love over death" says "Once on Thus Island" director David Bell.

July 02, 2010 2:58 pm
 'Superstar' arrives at Theatre at the Center

'Superstar' arrives at Theatre at the Center

'Jesus Christ Superstar' musical humanizes Biblical characters.

July 02, 2010 12:00 am

Let's get ready for Ravinia

Ravinia is considered one of the best places for music events in the Chicago area.

June 18, 2010 12:00 am
Innovative collaborations highlight 2010 Grant Park Music Festival

Innovative collaborations highlight 2010 Grant Park Music Festival

Intriguing architecture, a captivating lakefront skyline and superb acoustics from the front rows to the back of the lawn, the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park makes an ideal home for the Grant Park Music Festival.

June 17, 2010 6:02 am

Theater on the Lake reprises best of Chicago's off-Loop companies

Neither the unique semi-outdoor venue nor the price has changed.

June 16, 2010 4:40 pm

A sweet performance

"Sugar," now playing at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, translates Billy Wilder's 1959 movie "Some Like It Hot" into Broadway musical theater.

June 11, 2010 12:00 am

Get on the 'Bohemian Highway'

The word "bohemian" can take on several meanings, as the South Shore Orchestra's "Bohemian Highway" concert will illustrate.

June 04, 2010 12:00 am
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