Surrounding Area Concerts

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Portage Summer
Music in the Park Series
The Concert Season begins in on Saturday, Sept. 25. Members cards have been mailed out before Labor Day, so do not wait to be asked, join now and get 16 concerts for $45 for adult and $15 for students – your best entertainment buy.
Concerts will be presented in LaPorte, Munster, Portage and Valparaiso. Full schedule and directions to venues will be provided with member cards.
Opening concert of the season is Rhythm & Passion, the music of South America presented by musicians, singers and dancers. This is a joint presentation of the Portage and Valparaiso Associations and will be held at the Valparaiso High School Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 25,at 7:30 p.m. Other Portage concerts will be Irish music by the Kennedy’s Kitchen Band in October, award winning Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev in March and jazz brass ensemble River City 6 in April. These will be presented in Portage High School East.
Mail Checks to: Portage Live Entertainment Assoc. (PTLEA), P.O.Box 1111. Portage, In 46368. For more information, call 219-762-5025, or e-mail

Chesterton Coffee Creek
Watershed Preserve Concert Series
The Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve amphitheater offers audiences a 360-degree panoramic view, and was built to correspond with the natural contour of the land. Guests are shaded from May through September by a composite of shade sails custom-designed for the amphitheater. You need only bring a chair or blanket and any food and non-alcoholic drink items you want, then sit back and enjoy.
On Sept. 11, South Shore Brass Band from 6-8 p.m.; and Sept. 18, Misunderstood Band from 6-9 p.m.
The preserve features brick, paved and natural trails up to five miles in length. Playground equipment, picnic shelters and fishing are also available. From the south, take I-65 North to I-94 East to Exit 26-A, southbound. Exit on State Route 49 after approximately two miles. For more information, call 395-5315.

Lyric in the Gardens
Opera Season at International Friendship Gardens
Again this year, opera music will be performed in the lovely late summer setting of International Friendship Gardens at two fundraising concerts on Sundays, Sept. 12 and 19 at 4 p.m.
Selections from A Masked Ball and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan, Giacomo Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West, Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, and Hercules by George Frideric Handel will be performed under the canopy in the beautiful Symphony Garden at International Friendship Gardens. Wine and refreshments will also be available.
Each concert features a different group of exceptional artists who have graced national and international stages, performing highlights of seven operas in the upcoming Lyric Opera of Chicago season. Different selections will be featured from one Sunday to the next.
On Sept. 12, Kimberly Jones – soprano, Maia Surace – mezzo-soprano, Cornelius Johnson – tenor, Andrew Schultze – bass-baritone, and Matthew Piatt – pianist are featured.
On Sept. 19, the featured performers are Rose Guccione – soprano, Janet Mensen Reynolds – mezzo-soprano, Kenneth Donnovan – tenor, Keven Keys – baritone, and Marta E. Johnson – pianist. Charles V. DeWitt, Jr. will narrate both concerts.
Lyric in the Gardens offers the best of everything for aficionados as well as those attending their first concert. Both concerts feature a narrator who enriches the experience by putting each piece into context. The venue, under the canopy in the Symphony Garden, is casual and breathtakingly beautiful.
All proceeds from the concerts will be used to operate and maintain International Friendship Gardens, which is located on U.S. Highway 12 east of the junction of Rt. 35 on the north side of Michigan City. The concert will be moved indoors in case of rain.
Standard tickets are $25 while series tickets are $40. Premier seating tickets are $35 each and $55 for the series, based on availability. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and parking is free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-585-3737, or visit at

Hammond Hosts Free Movie in Hessville Park
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area residents to attend a free movie-in-the-park on Friday, Sept. 17 from 7-10 p.m. at Hessville Park located at 173rd St. and Kennedy Ave. Bring the entire family out to enjoy this Eddie Murphy comedy where he finds his career in a downward spiral until his daughter invites him into her imaginary world where the solutions to his problems await. Concessions will be available for purchase. Just bring a blanket, pillow, lawn chair and bug repellant to enjoy a fun family flick on the big screen. For more information, call 219-853-6378.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers Music in Nature Concert Series
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will once again offer Music in Nature, their wildly popular outdoor concert series. The summer concert series continues until late September on select Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. All concerts are open to the public for $15 to non-members and $10 to members with membership card. Tickets can be purchased at , or at the gate.
Me and the Boys 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10
From dark, smoky nightclubs to brightly-lit USO dance halls, Me and the Boys has all the polish and heat of the great bands of the swing era. Featuring the area’s finest and most experienced swing jazz musicians, Me and the Boys come together off stages from Chicago to Atlanta to salute the uniquely American optimism of the songwriters of the 30s, 40s and 50s.  Me and the Boys features accomplished song stylist Mary Kay Steele singing favorites like “Stormy Weather,” “Orange Colored Sky” and “Black Coffee.”  From Gershwin to Arlen, Miller to Ellington, Me and the Boys celebrates the music that captured the spirit of a changing America.
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12
You may remember him as the leader of the All-Star Frogs, 1970-1983, and the Power Trio, 1983-present, doing humorous and raunchy blues originals such as “Tie You Up!” and “More Love, More Money.” Or you may remember the Tumatoe tours of local clubs and endless spins of his songs on college radio in the 70s and 80s. Dr. Duke was a member of REO Speedwagon. He left in 1969, evidently taking all rocking bluesy rootsy-ness with him. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a blues-loving youth who hung with the legends. Now he’s still at it, playing over 200 shows a year, covering over 60,000 miles. Tumatoe promises “A good time, a little mischief, a lot of great music.” Free for members and $15 for non-members.
The Crawpuppies 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24
The Crawpuppies are a diverse band that plays all the best music from the 50s to present day. With two critically-acclaimed original CDs, the three-member band also covers the Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and others. Their newest CD is “World’s Much Bigger,” joining their two previous releases, “Crawpuppies Live at the Double Door” DVD, and their first CD, “Peaceful Amnesty.” For more information on the band, visit .
The AcoustiCats will play 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN. Admission to the grounds is $5 for guests; free for Taltree members and children under 5. For more information, visit , call 219-462-0025 or e-mail .

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
2010-2011 Season
The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt have unveiled the 2010-2011 Season and the brochure is now available. The season consists of six concerts, three classical and three pop, as well as the annual choral Sing-Along Messiah.
This year promises to be exciting and exceptional,” Maestro Muspratt said. “We are proud to be a part of this splendid community and we work to bring you beauty, joy, quality and wonder.”
This season’s concerts are: “Love & Heartbreak…Duets Opening Concert Gala” featuring Angela Mannino and John Sumners from the IU Jacobs School of Music and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus on Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino –must be 21 years old to attend. “America’s Soundtrack: A Salute to Veterans” featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
Sing-Along Messiah
Featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and musicians from the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Bethel Church on Broadway in Crown Point.
Holiday Pops
Featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and the Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir will take place on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
Featuring Meng-Chieh Liu on piano will take place on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Bethel Church on Broadway in Crown Point.
Joshua Roman Plays Dvořák
Featuring Joshua Roman on cello, the symphony plays your most requested favorites on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Bethel Church on Broadway in Crown Point.
Carmina Burana
Featuring Michelle Areyzaga, Peder Reiff, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Southlake Children’s Chorus will play on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Bethel Church on Broadway in Crown Point.
Disney in Concert
Featuring Disney Vocalists Candice Nicole, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Johnson, and Aaron Phillips on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
Subscription ticket prices range from $60-$360 each. Subscriptions can be purchased throughout the season in relation to the number of concerts remaining.
For more information on season brochures, subscriptions and tickets, call 219-836-0525 ext. 200, or visit

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