The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra prepares for unforgettable “West Side Story” performance

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra prepares for unforgettable “West Side Story” performance

On Tuesday, October 11 the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra held a final dress rehearsal in preparation for its upcoming “West Side Story” performances. To say the community has a lot to look forward to is an understatement. As everyone gathered to iron out some last-minute details, the eagerness to put on an excellent show was evident. Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra’s concert rendition of the classic “West Side Story” tale is definitely something people won’t want to miss.

South Shore Arts & NWI Symphony Orchestra West Side Story 2022

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Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra had originally planned to perform “West Side Story” in concert back in 2020 but it was canceled due to COVID-19. However, due to popular community demand, the show has been given another chance.

There will be three performances of “West Side Story” in concert for the community to enjoy. The first two will be on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14 at Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft Street, Merrillville. The final performance will be on Saturday, October 15 at Valparaiso High School, 2727 N Campbell Street, Valparaiso. Ticket prices range from $40 to $75 each, and student tickets are only $10.

Guest vocalists Matthew Greenblatt (Tony), Katelyn Lee (Maria), Jonathan Wilson (Riff), and Kate Tombaugh (Anita) will be in full costume as they bring the tale of “West Side Story” to life. They’ve spent countless hours working hard both individually and as a team to make sure they give the best performance possible.

“We’ve been preparing for months on our own, many of us with the help of a teacher or coach. We then get together as a group for two run-throughs of the show where we iron out all of the little details. Everyone comes into the rehearsal period very prepared as individuals, but Maestro Kirk Muspratt brings us all together as a unit,” said Greenblatt.

Greenblatt explained that people won’t want to miss out on “West Side Story” because it is such a unique performance–it’s truly the perfect combination of musical and opera.

“I really love the fact that ‘West Side Story’ sits in that crossover territory between opera and musical theater. It really feels like Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the perfect American opera. It’s a fun challenge because you have to use your classical voice training and technique to navigate your way through the operatic vocal range of the piece. You have to make sure that there’s a natural and slightly more musical theater feel to the characters and the delivery of their words,” said Greenblatt.

The combination of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra’s passion and the guest vocalists' wide expertise is sure to create an unforgettable show.

“Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt and his fantastic team, always puts on a professional and stellar show. I've worked with this organization and orchestra on several projects before, and there's always a huge devotion to creating the best musical experience that is intimate and connects with our audiences. You have a lot of highly skilled individuals who love what they do coming together to create something beautiful and heartfelt for everyone present, including those of us on stage,” said Tombaugh.

Everyone participating in the performance is incredibly grateful to be a part of something so incredible. They truly can’t wait to bring this story to life for the Northwest Indiana community.

“I would like to thank Maestro Muspratt and Karen Dickelman for bringing me in to sing as Tony with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. I had so much fun singing the role back in April with the New Philharmonic Opera, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to now bring this music to the people of Northwest Indiana,” said Greenblatt.

It’s not too late to get your tickets to one of these amazing performances. Whether you’re a student, a die-hard music lover, or someone just looking to experience something new, this show is for you.

“This collaborative work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is not to be missed. There's a reason why it's a timeless classic,” said Tombaugh.

To learn more about South Shore Arts & Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and its mission to cultivate a deeper love and appreciation for music in the community, visit nisorchestra.org.