LaPorte County Symphony announces its 2017-18 season

The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.

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The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra has announced its concerts for its 45th season.

Executive Director Nanda Danitschek said, “This year is all about community as we bring “Tales of Adventure,” one of the most interactive and family-inclusive seasons yet.”

— On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., LCSO will present “Tales from the Darkside,” a Halloween/Dia de los Muertos-themed, family-friendly concert. It will include videography to haunting selections from familiar movie favorites such as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Batman,” as well as darker classical favorites including Humperdinck’s “Witches Ride” and “Funeral of a Marionette” from Gounod. Including a costume parade with prizes and pre-concert activities for the kids, this is a season opener all ages will enjoy.

— On March 5, “Fantasia,” a classical concert with an Irish twist, will take place at 3 p.m. at the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. Featuring narrators reading three iconic speeches by John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, and a wordless chorus accompanying the piece, Peter Boyer’s “The Dream Lives On (A portrait of the Kennedy Brothers)” will be a dramaticmulti-media presentation to uplift the audience. Also included will be masterpieces such as “Symphony in E” by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan; Korngold’s “Much Ado about Nothing Suite,” and more.

— LCSO closes the season on May 5 at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium in a big way with “From Hollywood to Broadway,” another family-friendly concert featuring favorites from the big screen and stage. Audience members of all ages will enjoy selections from movie scores including “Harry Potter,” “Up,” “Avatar” and “La La Land,” as well as theatrical movements from “Hamilton,” “Mama Mia,” and a few they’re keeping in their vault until the big night. This concert will also bring guest conductor and composer Rick DeJonge to premiere his “Silent Film Tribute,” a composition set to black and white movie reels musically choreographed. DeJonge started out early in his career as an elementary music educator right here in LaPorte at Lincoln and Kingsford Heights elementary schools. Ahead of his time with innovation in music education and engagement in the classroom, his return to LaPorte will be joyously welcomed by many of his past students as well as the teachers and administrators who were blessed by his contributions to the area.  

Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available online at For information on how you can provide the experience of the symphony to a family or individual in need, check out the FACE initiative on the web page or call Danitschek at 219-362-9020.

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