The sounds of classical music will star on various outdoor stages this summer courtesy of local orchestras.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's annual South Shore Summer Music Festival has been one of the events music fans look forward to every year.
During past seasons, the orchestra's music director and conductor Kirk Muspratt has said the summer shows strike a chord with audience members not only for the variety of selections played but also because the orchestra brings its shows to various communities.
This season, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra kicks off its South Shore Summer Musical Festival on July 19 in Cedar Lake. Other communities that will be entertained by the symphony are Griffith, Crown Point, Hammond and Schererville.
"The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a part of everyone's summer along the South Shore," said Tricia Hernandez, director of marketing and development for Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. "What a great way for families, friends and neighbors to get together and enjoy listening to beautiful music under the stars. It is the highlight of our summer."
The orchestra's repertoire is varied during the summer season and Hernandez said there's always an honorary musical piece for veterans and troops. "Each concert also features one of two of the winners of the Annual Young People's Competition, a program that provideds area young musicians with a significant performance opportunity," she said.
Outdoor shows are casual events which draw a variety of audience members for a relaxing and joyful time, said Sue Kellogg, executive director of Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
"The music is often lighter and it's a beautiful, fun way to spend an evening," she said.
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by music director Robin Fountain, begins its seventh season June 21 at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph.
The mix of tunes music fans will hear on the various orchestra playlists ranges from baroque and patriotic to instrumental movie tunes and Broadway's best.
If you're interested in enjoying an outdoor concert, check out the following orchestra summer schedules.
South Shore Summer Music Festival presented by Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra:
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Visit nisorchestra.org.
July 19 - Cedar Lake, takes place at Town Complex Grounds, 7408 Constitution Ave. Rain location: Hanover High School, 10120 W. 133rd Ave.
July 25 - Griffith, takes place at Central Park, 600 N. Broad St. Rain location: Griffith High School, 600 N. Wiggs St.
July 26- Crown Point, takes place at Franciscan Communities, corner of Main and Franciscan. Rain location: Crown Point School, 1500 S. Main St.
August 1 - Hammond, takes place at Wolf Lake Pavilion, Calumet and Sheffield Avenues. Rain location: Calumet College of St. Joseph Athletic Center, 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting.
August 9 - Schererville, takes place at Redar Park, Austin Street, north of US 30. Rain location: Lake Central High School, 8400 Wicker Avenue, St. John.
Water's Edge Summer Beach Series and Casual Classics presented by Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra:
A Beach Pass is a $50 4-ticket package, which is good for any Beach Concert and is valid for lawn seating only. (cannot be used for the June 21 show). A ticket in the reserved seating section is $25 while single lawn seating for adults is $15 and $5 for students. Attendees must bring their own chairs or blankets. Ticket prices increase by $5 for lawn and reserved seating the day of the concert. Visit smso.org.
June 21 - St. Joseph, takes place at Shadowland Pavilion. The program Summer Solstice Music & Microbrews! begins at 4 p.m.
July 3, in New Buffalo and July 4, in St. Joseph. The theme will be Independence Day Celebrations. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. July 3 and 9 p.m. July 4.
July 19, takes place at Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph. The theme will be Sondheim on Silver. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 2, takes place at Jean Klock Park, Benton Harbor. The theme is SymFUNy Adventure! A Family Concert. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 16, takes place at Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Theme will be The Music of Elton John.
Visit the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra's website smso.org for more information on its Casual Classics Series which will be held July 24, August 21 and September 25.
Whiting Festival Park Orchestra, held at the Pavilion in Whiting Park. For more information on the programs, call (219) 659-0292:
July 19 - The theme will be Disney
Additional concerts will also be August 2 and 16. Call for more details.
August 31 - in honor of Labor Day, the concert will have a patriotic theme.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's Summer Series at Ravisloe:
All concerts are at Ravisloe Country Club, 19231 S. Park Avenue, Homewood, Ill. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Individual concert tickets are $30.
July 2: IPO Brass Quintet presents a 4th of July Special: A Musical Journey through America
July 23: New Comma Baroque presents Telemann's Travels
August 13: Alex Blomarz Quintet
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Summer Residency at Ravinia Park:
The orchestra will offer a variety of themes and musical selections. Most pavilion seats are $25. Visit ravinia.org
Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park, Chicago
The season begins in mid-June. Concerts are free. Visit grantparkmusicfestival.com for more details.