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Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents “Romeo and Juliet”

Kirk Muspratt special to The Times

It's spring – a time of love!

On Friday evening, May 10th, we will be playing the super romantic “Romeo and Juliet” for an entire evening. Not only will we PLAY this fantastic music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, but we will also present images and titles of various phases of the piece on the big screens. It will be a multi-art concert.

Additionally, in the second half we will have off-stage narrators who will speak some quotes from Shakespeare's play so that each listener knows exactly where they are in the unfolding drama:

Are we seeing the feuding Capulets and Montagues for the first time?

Then do we see Romeo and Juliet meeting at the ball?

Do we understand that Romeo later went into the garden and called out to the balcony?

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The answer to all of these questions is: yes! Then we will know, not only from the music, but also from Shakespeare and the images, that TYBALT is now fighting with Mercutio and then that TYBALT is fighting with ROMEO. So much drama!

There will be no doubt as to when this conflict will end, as the 13 “Stitches” are extremely powerful and clearly heard in the orchestra.

As the music continues, we hear the tragedy and beauty of this timeless story in which the two young people swear their love but end up losing their lives.

Both Romeo plays are irresistible in their musical depiction of young love, family conflict, sword fight scenes, Romeo and Juliet's confusion over the magical sleeping potion and the grief of their demise.

I can promise you that it will be a moving and tear-inducing concert. I can also promise you that there will be lots of goosebumps and powerful moments at this story concert.

Maybe you would like to buy your mother or wife tickets to this great concert. It's a perfect Mother's Day gift or date night event!

It is certainly the timeless story of true love.

The Northwest Indiana Symphony presents “Romeo & Juliet” on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft St., Merrillville. Tickets range from $40 to $75, students $10. For tickets or more information, please contact the box office at 219-836-0525 x200 or visit nisorchestra.org.

The opinions are solely those of the author. Kirk Muspratt is conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Muspratt's column is an occasional feature during the symphony season.

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