25 Years of Summer with the Symphony

It’s time to enjoy what many people near and far consider some of the most entertaining evenings that Whiting has to offer each year, the Summer with the Symphony concerts at the Whiting Pavilion.   The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra (WPFO) is conducted by Maestro Robert Vodnoy and the idea of what has become our own Regional Ravinia on Lake Michigan was originally that of Marty Dybel who has managed the Concerts for over 20 years.

     Hopefully you didn’t miss the opening concert “A Broadway Celebration” on July 14 which was sponsored by the WR Community Improvement Fund.

     If you did, make sure to grab your cooler and your folding chair and head out on August 4th for the next WPFO concert entitled Bernstein and Friends.  This concert celebrates the centenary of the birth of the great conductor, composer, and educator LEONARD BERNSTEIN with performances of the overtures to “West Side Story,” and “Candide,” and Three Dances Episodes from “On the Town.”   Filling out the program will be performances of three works closely associated with Bernstein’s work as one of the greatest conductors of the Twentieth Century: Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” “ Mahler’s Adagietto,”  and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.”  Bernstein is sponsored by Baran Funeral Home.

    Next  America’s favorite tenors are back with RISE, an all-new concert on August 18th, 2018 with RISE: The Texas Tenors sponsored by The City of Whiting.   The program includes arrangements of “Amazing Grace,” The Righteous Brothers’ “Lovin’ Feelin’,” John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” an emotional rendition of the patriotic Irving Berlin classic “God Bless America,” and a show-stopping tribute to one of the most beloved and cherished musicals of all time – “Les Misérables.” Marcus Collins of The Texas Tenors said: “To quote our title song “Rise,” ‘Life Can Change in a Moment.’ There are no truer words and we’re so excited to share our new music with everyone!”

      And on September 2 the WPFO concludes with  “American Visions” which will be an incredible musical celebration of Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” This last concert is sponsored by BP Whiting Business Unit and Peoples Bank.

      This year’s concerts come to you with additional financial support provided by Centier Bank, St. Catherine Hospital and Arts Alive! as well as grant from Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission and South Shore Arts.

            All concerts begin at 7:30p.m. and are free to the public but perhaps you’d like to show your support by becoming a patron for the entire season for $25 or for a family subscription at $75.  Patrons receive access to refreshments at the Patron Tent, free parking and seating in the special area closest to the pavilion.  For more information on available Patron Plans, please call the Chamber at 659-0292. 

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