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Hoosier Star is held in the LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Doors open at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under. General admission adult balcony tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door. Limited table seating is still available for $40 per seat. Large projection screens allow for great viewing throughout the seating area. Food prepared by the Ivy Tech Culinary School, local restaurants and entrepreneurs will be available.

Updated: October 15, 2013 7:01AM



The stars will be shining on Saturday night, especially the Hoosier Stars, 12 talented vocalists who will be performing and competing in an evening packed with music and entertainment.

“It’s like an old-fashioned variety show with an ‘American Idol’ twist and audience participation to select the winners,” explained Lee Bauman, executive director of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.

“This year’s program has a wide range of music for different generations to enjoy. For example we have a Broadway show tune and a number that Dean Martin made famous in the second half of the show with the adult performers, and in the first half, the youth division, we have a Beyonce song and others that kids will know and they love. We have the chorus Illumination as backup singers in one number that’s like something from (the television show) ‘Glee,’ and in another we needed angelic ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and have a children’s choir. And there’s a little country, a little pop.”

This is the 8th annual Hoosier Star competition, which is a benefit concert for the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra. Auditions were held in March when 6 youths (age 17 and under) and six adult division finalists were selected. Since then a program has been developed that showcases the talent of each vocalist in an entertaining evening for the audience.

“Hoosier Stars is not like a regular symphony concert. The orchestra is a small pop orchestra ensemble with about 30 members and with a fantastic guitar and base. We have a great MC, Ric Federighi, and lots of extra stuff including a small preview of the rest of the season,” said Bauman.

The 2013-14 LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra season features concerts that will also have broad appeal. The opening night program on Nov. 16 is “Lights, Camera, Oscars” and will have great symphonic movie music, according to Bauman. The March 23, classical concert will feature works of Mozart and 20th century American composer, John Cage. The pops concert on May 10, 2014 will highlight science fiction and action-adventure music.

Children and students through college with school identification are admitted free to the regular season concerts. Adult tickets cost $20, $17 for seniors. Discounted season tickets are also available.

The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra’s annual children’s concert will be on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and will feature the animated Picardy Penguin leading sing-alongs of favorite American songs. This educational concert, with online instructional materials soon to be available, is targeted to school groups and home-schoolers. Student tickets are just $1.

Additional details about Saturday’s Hoosier Star event and complete details of the upcoming season can be found online at www.lcso.net.



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