Spend Valentine’s Day with NWI Symphony
Kirk Muspratt kirk@NISOorchestra.org February 7, 2014 2:06PM
IF YOU GO
The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents “Tosca” at 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in the auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point.
The concert will feature guest vocalists and the Symphony Chorus performing a lightly staged version of Puccini’s opera. Tickets are $25 to $65 (Students $10).
Call 836-0525 or visit www.nisorchestra.org.
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:10AM
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Kirk Muspratt answers questions in advance of the Valentine’s Day concert.
Q: Is the performance of “Tosca” on Feb. 14 going to be the complete opera?
— Steven Siebert
A: If you are asking if we are going to perform the entire opera, then my reply is affirmative. We will play every cannon shot, cry of torture, every firing squad shot, every violin note and high C from the entire opera.
However, if you meant are we going to put on a fully staged production of the opera, then I must tell you we cannot. With over 175 musicians and singers on the stage, I will be lucky if I do not fall off the podium!
We will have supertitles in English and the background scenes of the opera up on the huge screens, but we will not be able to actually “act out” the opera in the same manner we could in a larger hall. I know that you will agree though; the music tells the whole story and it tells it in spades.
Q: Thank you for the best holiday pops concert ever! We have been attending the pops concerts for years and they just keep getting better and better.
My question is this, however: Why are you doing an opera this year?
— Elena Landin
A: The reason that I am doing “Tosca” this year is that ... I love it! Yes, I love Tosca — and so will you! I am telling ya!
If you enjoyed the holiday pops concert then “come on down” to this classical concert on the 14th, eh? I will bet that after the concert you will come up to me and tell me that you loved it too. I would not say that I myself love every opera or that I think we should be doing just any opera at our symphony concerts — but this opera — oh yes!
Give it a try, OK? It is gorgeous, gorgeous moving music.
Q: Thanks for doing an opera this year. We are coming from Illinois to hear this.
We heard your Cavaradossi, Dominic Armstrong, at Lyric Opera this year and he is a fine young tenor.
— Stacie Easton
A: Many people have asked for us to do an opera again so I am grateful also for your comment.
Just FYI — Helen Todd, our Tosca, was just at Minnesota Opera this past year and I discovered Yohan Yi, our Baron Scarpia, at Ravinia this past summer.
“Tosca” is a great showcase for our orchestra and chorus, and I have to tell you, it is hard!
Q: Who is your favorite performer in the whole world?
— Isabelle Allen
A: For the past while it has been Jimmy Durante. I am just crazy about that guy. Did you know that he was also a terrific pianist and song writer?
Note to our readers: Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and thank you for all your wonderful emails and cards to us at the Symphony regarding the Holiday Pops concert! I hope that you will join us on Friday the 14th.