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NWI Symphony set for first concert of season

Kirk Muspratt

Kirk Muspratt

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If you go

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

Tickets are $25 to $65 and student tickets are always $10.

The concert is presented by Indiana University Northwest.

Updated: November 14, 2013 2:46AM



Conductor Kirk Muspratt answers question in advance of The Northwest Indiana Symphony’s season-opening concert:

Q: Can you attend the opening concert just as a concert, or do have to buy the gala dinner package that precedes the concert? Do people usually wear formal wear to the dinner?

A: Great question and a question that people ask me often, so thanks for sending it in. No, one does not have to attend the dinner beforehand. You can simply purchase tickets for the Cirque de la Symphonie concert if that is what you would like. Please call Nancy at 836-0525, Ext. 200 or visit www.nisorchestra.org.

However, if you would like to take part in the dinner beforehand, it is held at the Radisson Hotel right next door to the Star Plaza Theatre and it begins at 5:30. The food is wonderful, it is a terrific way to network and make new friends, and it is a great way to support the symphony, the chorus and the youth orchestra.

This is our main fundraiser for the season, so please consider joining us for this dinner too!

As for attire, sometimes people get really dolled up and sometimes people are simply coming directly from work. The invitation says evening social attire; therefore, if a lady would like to put a gown on and have her hair done she will certainly feel entirely comfortable at the dinner.

However, if a lady is coming from work, is wearing the dress she wore to work and her hair is the way she left the house that morning, I think that she would be entirely comfortable and happy too.

As a guy, I notice that men are either in a tux or a business suit and everyone is having a great time.

Our audience is not snooty at all. Neither is our orchestra. We are classy and we are elegant but most of all we are warm, open people who, together, want to enjoy beautiful music and good company.

Q: Two part question. (1) Are you really going to play my favorite piece of all time at the Cirque concer? (2) What is your favorite piece on the concert? — Melissa Neff, Valparaiso

A: Hi Mel! Yes, we are! We are going to play the waltz from “Sleeping Beauty” at the Cirque de la Symphonie concert — the piece you have been requesting from me for the last five years! So you better be there, eh?

The answer to your second question is, my favorite piece is either “Estancia-Danza Malambo” by the Argentinean composer Ginastera, or “Flight to Neverland” from “Hook,” by John Williams.

The “Malambo” is wildly exciting and full of South American instrumentation and fiery dance rhythms. It is extremely passionate and intoxicating. “Hook” is just a blast and like many pieces of John Williams, tinged with both joy and nostalgia somehow magically intertwined.

Q: Is the Cirque de la Symphonie concert just for adults, or can kids attend too?

A: Kids are always welcome at any of our symphony concerts, and their tickets are always just $10 with a full-priced adult ticket.

The Cirque de la Symphonie concert will be for everyone. It will feature excellent music from Tchaikovsky to Harry Potter and there will be acrobats and jugglers performing all around the orchestra. It will be a spectacle for people of all ages that you won’t want to miss.



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