A Musical Season • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

A Musical Season

Holiday Pops concert and “Miss Saigon.”
by John Cain

The symphony will present the annual Holiday Pops Concert one month later on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre. This South Shore holiday tradition features the orchestra and chorus as they get into the spirit of the season with familiar favorites and new discoveries sure to delight.

Children from Eisenhower Elementary School in Crown Point will also perform. At this concert, the symphony will collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank. Tickets for both concerts range from $25 to $65 and students are $10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nisorchestra.org or by calling the symphony box office at 219/836-0525, extension 200.

Carnegie Arts Center, Highland High School and South Shore Orchestra will present “Miss Saigon” as the second annual Unity Event on Friday, Nov. 2, at Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School.

“Miss Saigon” is a musical based on Giacomo Puccini's opera “Madame Butterfly” and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. Students and community members from across the entire Northwest Indiana region and greater Chicagoland are part of the production, including an orchestra of 80 musicians and an ensemble of more than 200 performers.

“Anticipate, Participate & Celebrate” is Maestro Philip Bauman's theme for the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra's 40th anniversary season at the historic LaPorte Civic Auditorium. The Nov. 17 opening event will include light classical favorites such as Handel's “Water Music,” a world premiere by Jerry Lackey written specifically for the LCSO, “Russlan and Ludmilla” overture by Glinka, as well as Sibelius' “Finlandia” conducted by associate conductor and principal trumpet Charles Steck. Concertgoers may choose to come early for dinner beginning at 6 p.m., when the musicians will celebrate their history. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a choice of table seating or general admission balcony tickets.

South Shore Arts reminds you to visit the online Regional Art Calendar at www.SouthShoreArtsOnline.org. The Regional Arts Calendar lists all local arts happenings in Northwest Indiana, and is a great place to plan cultural activities for the week or month ahead. The calendar lists exhibits, concerts, plays, lectures, film series, dance performances and more, all taking place in or near your neighborhood. Find out more about area arts activities and events by watching John Cain on Lakeshore Public Television's “Eye on the Arts,” every Thursday evening at 9 p.m. on Lakeshore News Tonight.


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