South Shore Orchestra kicks off 2015 Season with “Tango Fusion” concert at Memorial Opera House

The Chinese erhu will be featured in an upcoming South Shore Orchestra performance at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.
The Chinese erhu will be featured in an upcoming South Shore Orchestra performance at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.

VALPARAISO, IN Members of the South Shore Orchestra (SSO) will perform a colorful assortment of South American tango and Middle Eastern music for the orchestra’s first Lunchtime Chamber Series concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Memorial Opera House.

The “Tango Fusion” program will include music by Piazzolla, Hovhaness, Cirque du Soleil and more.  Embracing the “fusion” theme, the concert will have an interesting twist by featuring exotic instruments such as the Chinese erhu and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) in place of traditional Western orchestral instruments for some of the pieces.

“I have programmed a lot of tango and South American music with the SSO before,” said Music Director and Conductor Troy Webdell. “But by using the passionate and haunting sound of the Chinese erhu as well as the versatility of the EWI, it brings a completely different and unique approach to making the music come alive.”

The South Shore Orchestra will perform at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.
The South Shore Orchestra will perform at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.

This is the first year that the South Shore Orchestra is the orchestra-in-residence at the Memorial Opera House.  The Lunchtime Chamber Series concerts are 45 to 60 minutes in length and showcase different musical styles and ensembles in a chamber music setting.  The SSO will be performing five Lunchtime Chamber Series concerts and four full-orchestra concerts for its 2015 season.  To learn more about the SSO’s 2015 season, visit their website.

The Memorial Opera House is located at 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 59 and older, or military/students with valid identification. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office the day of the concert.  For more information, call 219-548-9137 or click here


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