A choir of string instruments sang songs as old as rhyme on the night of July 30th as South Shore Arts Summer Musical Festival welcomed the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra for their 16th year of participation.
Hundreds of members of the Crown Point and surrounding communities were in the audience, bringing their own feasts and furniture in typical Midwestern fashion. Tonight’s occasion took place in Crown Point on the lawn of St. Anthony Majestic Care.
Amongst other works, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra performed familiar pieces from classic cinema and culture.
While Cindy Hall was an audience member for Crown Point's contribution to the South Shore Arts Summer Musical Festival this year, she was tasked with being a guest conductor in Schererville’s involvement with the festival a week prior. She had won the opportunity through a 2019 fundraising event for the symphony and was thrilled to finally live out the prophetic bid three years later.
Her participation in both events has further affirmed her appreciation for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and believes that Shore Arts Summer Musical Festival builds bridges between symphonies and the common people.
“The summer symphony is a perfect time to experience the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra because they're a wonderful gem of our area,” said Hall. “They play movie themes. So if you don't understand Bach and Beethoven, at least you understand the movie, so you can't help but enjoy it. Everyone brings food and different wines. It's a good time.”
Tammie Miller, Marketing Coordinator and box office manager for the Northwest Indiana Symphony, is tasked with advertising and selling tickets for the orchestra. Being one of the most well-attended events compared to previous years, Miller was excited at the prospect of increasing the accessibility of the symphony to those who have not had the opportunity to spectate it. She also is optimistic that this may increase the number of attendants for future concerts.
“Hopefully, this event gets people to experience a symphony concert and symphony music with an easy ‘no money down' entry. It's a really fun summer event. People like doing things outside,” Miller said, “Hopefully, they’ll come and buy tickets to our regular season.”
Carey Yukich, Owner of TrueWealth Advising Group and Chair of the Legacy Foundation in Lake County, displayed fine wines and decorative desserts at her organization’s table. She uses the Shore Arts Summer Musical Festival as a way to reconnect with her community, as well as to reunite her clients, both neophytes and veterans.
“We use this event to bring our team together. It allows us to say ‘thank you’ to our clients, a lot of whom are either retired or up-and-coming professionals who are working on their financial planning. This event also serves as a way for us to give back to the community.”
There are three more opportunities left to attend the South Shore Summer Music Festival that you shouldn’t miss! Catch them in Valparaiso on Wednesday, August 3, in Griffith on Saturday, August 6, and lastly at Wolf Lake in Hammond on Sunday, August 5.
For more information about Shore Arts Summer Musical Festival 2022, consider their website: https://www.southshoreartsonline.org/regional-arts-calendar/2022/7/30/south-shore-summer-music-festival.
For more information about South Shore Arts Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, consider their website: https://nisorchestra.org/.