Category Archives: Music

“Ariodante” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There is always good reason to celebrate when new operas join the repertoire of major opera houses. “Ariodante” at the Lyric Opera is no exception. It is somewhat shocking that George Frideric Handel’s 1735 masterwork has never been seen at Lyric in their 64 years of existence but the long-awaited premiere of this Baroque…

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“La traviata” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** If you are a fan of classic operas presented in a very traditional manner and incorporating a mostly conventional approach to the narrative, then the current production of Lyric’s “La traviata” is a must-see. Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 work, which is far and away the most romantic of his numerous creations, remains one of…

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“Elektra” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** To put it quite simply, Lyric’s current production of “Elektra” is electrifying! On opening night there was a pre-curtain announcement made from the stage that Swedish soprano Nina Stemme — making her highly-anticipated Lyric debut in the title role that has earned her widespread acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin, Munich and Vienna…

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The LCSO Welcomes Tim King as Interim Executive Director

     Tim King returns to the LCSO on an interim basis as Executive Director, a role previously held in 2015. King is a former Executive Director of The Louisville Orchestra and moved to the La Porte area in 2013 upon his retirement. King also chaired the LCSO’s successful A La Carte Series which has raised approximately…

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January Shows at Munster’s Theatre at the Center

  – Theatre at the Center (TATC), the only professional theater company where you can Experience Broadway in Northwest Indiana, has confirmed the Special Events lineup for its 2019 Season. Ralph’s World (11 a.m. January 5) kicks off the 2019 Special Events Season. It’s the mega-fun musical planet where kids rock and dance to their…

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Spotlight on Lake association Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Cendrillon”

***RECOMMENDED*** Just in time for the holidays, Lyric Opera of Chicago has given all of the arts lovers in the area an incredible gift — their charming new production (which is a Lyric premiere) of “Cendrillon.” Beautifully directed by Laurent Perry (who also designed the fantastic costumes) and conducted by the esteemed Sir Andrew Davis,…

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Lyric Opera’s “Seigfried” – Review by Spotlight on Lake Associate Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Simply stated, Lyric’s “Siegfried” is a smashing success. Conceptually, this is one of the finest and entirely cohesive productions to hit the Lyric stage in many seasons, and one in which all of its creative team, director David Pountney, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Orchestra and all of the performers are at…

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“Evil Dead” Performed in Valpo!

     Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre is no stranger to pushing the envelope when it comes to choosing material to fully engage their audiences. With a tradition of performing some monstrous works in their October slot, the theatre is making a huge splash this Halloween with the NWI premiere of EVIL DEAD: The Musical based on…

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Russian Cello Joins the Symphony for Concert

Join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt for “Russian Cello” on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Auditorium at Living Hope Church (9000 Taft Street, Merrillville/Crown Point border.)  The concert will feature Superstar Chicago Symphony cellist Richard Hirschl performing 3 pieces that showcase the instrument’s beauty.   The cello…

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World Cultural Festival Returns to Valparaiso

The 10th Annual World Cultural Festival will transform Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza into a colorful spectacle of cultural diversity from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday, September 16th. Sponsored by The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC), the family-friendly event will feature music and dance from around the world, great shopping for international art and handicrafts,…

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