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Richard Marx performs Feb. 4 Blue Chip Casino Hotel   SpMichigan City. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Richard Marx performs Feb. 4 at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 4, 2012 8:05AM



Quality folk music grabs the spotlight Feb. 4.

That’s because Front Porch Music in Valparaiso is presenting February Sky, a duo consisting of singer-songwriter Susan Urban and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper.

“They can expect to hear a wide variety of music, from old Scottish, Irish and English ballads, through Celtic and Celtic-influenced instrumentals, to songs by a variety of modern songwriters,” Urban said by e-mail. “The topics will range from the comic to the tragic and everything in between, interspersed with anecdotes, jokes and stories.”

Urban plays six- and 12-string guitar, six-string banjo, hand-percussion instruments and mountain dulcimer. The artist says the Saturday night show will enlist a cittern, a stringed instrument with roots dating back to the Renaissance.  

Original music from Urban is on tap at the Valparaiso show.

“My songs make up roughly half the show, and they are mostly story ballads on contemporary topics or humorous slice-of-life songs,” said Urban. “Phil composes Celtic-based instrumental tunes, and we will play several of those as well.”

February Sky’s Feb. 4 show is at 8 p.m. at Front Porch Music, 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Tickets are $12. More details: www.frontporchmusic.com or 464-4700.

Nice and mild

Richard Marx brings his mellow rockin’ to the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa for an 8 p.m. Feb. 4, concert.

The Michigan City casino has the singer-songwriter booked in its Stardust Event Center, where Marx will unfurl a pretty hefty catalog of hits that includes “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better,” “Hold On to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting.”

Visit www.bluechipcasino.com for ticket information.

Marx is presenting an acoustic concert with a 20-piece string section.

It’s a show for those 21 years old or older.

Frustrated love

The Feb. 10 performance by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra features Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.”

The piece was dedicated to his patroness, whom the great composer “admired from afar,” according to publicity material.

“Unlucky in love, Tchaikovsky poured all of his desire into his music, and in return, he is loved for the ages,” said conductor Kirk Muspratt, in a bit of poetic inspiration served up to promote the Valentine’s Day-season concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point is hosting the night of romantic music that showcases pianist Di Wu.

Visit www.nisorchestra.org or call 836-0525 for more information. 



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