307 Kingsbury Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350-6099
Phone: 219.362.9020



childrens chrorus 15The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Matthew Nelson, will be performing their Bloomin’ Melodies spring concert entitled “Around the World in Music” on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00pm at Bethany Lutheran, 102 G Street, La Porte, Indiana. This is a free performance, open to the public. Do not miss your opportunity to show your support for the children of our community.

Fan favorites from around the world will be featured during this event, including Goodnight from Russia, Hava Nagila from Israel, Chumbara from France, and Toora Loora Looral from Ireland. The children enjoy singing these tunes, and you are sure to love hearing them sung! As a part of the program, fifth graders who have been with the Chorus since second grade will be honored for their participation, and immediately following the program will be a cookie reception.

The LCSO Children’s Chorus is currently in its sixth season, and is comprised of 35 children from throughout La Porte County, in grades 2-5. They are also scheduled to perform with the LCSO and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club during the Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation Spring Pops Concert, on Saturday, April 18 at the La Porte Civic Auditorium.

About LCSO Children’s Chorus

The LCSO Children’s Chorus, directed by Matthew Nelson, is in their 6th year as an established community choral music program. They rehearse weekly throughout the school year learning fundamental techniques of group and solo performance. This eager group of 2nd-5th grade students love to sing and perform in concerts with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra and in their own featured events.

About the LCSO: The mission of the LCSO is to enrich the cultural lives of people of all ages within and beyond La Porte County through the experience of excellent live orchestral performance. Our vision is to be recognized as a major and unique cultural asset characterized by Excellence, Diversity, Participation, Engagement, Education, and Collaboration.

Blair Milo

miloBlair Milo was born and raised in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School.  She attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University in 2010.

In July 2010, Milo transitioned from active to reserve duty where she first served as the Surface Warfare subject matter expert at the Office of Naval Intelligence before transferring to the NATO Warfare Development Group in Great Lakes, IL.  She currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving in the Standby Reserve.  

In 2011, Milo was elected Mayor of La Porte, Indiana, taking office on January 1, 2012.  Since taking office, Mayor Milo has led a community team that has created a business environment where over 500 new jobs were created and the City of La Porte’s unemployment rate has been decreased to 3.0%.  Major projects contributing to this were the 137 acre expansion of the Thomas Rose Industrial Park and addition of dual rail service in September 2012 and the largest single jobs expansion in La Porte’s history with the addition of a second plant at Alcoa Howmet, establishing the most advanced aeronautical manufacturing facility in the world in May 2014. By September of 2014 La Porte’s crime rate decreased by 33% due in large part to innovative community policing efforts and increased communication with the public.  Public transportation utilization increased 22% and she was instrumental in establishing an interurban bus route between La Porte, Michigan City and the Purdue North Central campus.  Mayor Milo also serves as Vice Chair of the Northwest Indiana Regional Plan Commission, a body made up of over 50 elected officials from Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties.  In April 2014 The Washington Post included Milo in its list of “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Political Stars” across the U.S.

James B. Dworkin

dworkinDr. James B. Dworkin came to the Purdue University North Central Campus in January of 2000 from the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.  Prior to coming to PNC, Dr. Dworkin served as Associate Dean of the School of Management and the Krannert Graduate School of Management on the West Lafayette Campus.  Chancellor Dworkin has been with Purdue since 1976.

Dr. Dworkin received his B.A. in Economics (with high honors) and M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.  

Dr. Dworkin serves on the boards of the Indiana Association of United Ways, Horizon Bank, the Northwest Indiana Forum,  the IU Health LaPorte Hospital.  In November of 2000 he was inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He recently published his first children’s book, The Dog and the Dolphin, which is the story of the unlikely friendship that develops between an Irish Setter and a dolphin.
Jim and his wife, Nancy, reside in Chesterton.  They have two grown children, a son, David and a daughter, Sarah.  Jim is also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters and three grandsons.

A Day at the Opera

operaShirley Lubeznik Family CHILDREN'S CONCERT

A Day at the Opera

Written by Diana Ford

  • Wednesday, October 8
  • 9:30, 11:10 & 12:45
  • La Porte Civic Auditorium

Student Reservations Call:  Pam 219-362-7575

Cast of Characters

  • Florence Fontaine: Middle-age talentless diva - BONNIE QUIGLEY
  • Cosmo Stars: Middle-age manager of Florence - WARREN MOULTON
  • Rosie: Youngish soprano and shy secretary of Florence - BETSY ARCHER
  • Delivery boy: Youngish tenor who falls in love with Rosie - EMANUEL CARAMAN
  • Maestro Bauman: Conductor - PHILIP BAUMAN

A Day At The Opera is a fictionalized account of a day in the life of socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. The main character is named Florence Fontaine and through her story, students are introduced to some of the most beautiful opera melodies ever written. The music will acquaint students with the following composers:

  • Mascagni,
  • Mendelssohn,
  • Mozart
  • Offenbach
  • Puccini
  • Verdi
  • Wagner

Download the concert program.

The program and accompanying teacher resource materials will guide students through the components of opera including:

  • Overture
  • Aria
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Story-Plot
  • Characters

The study of opera lends itself well to writing, language arts, history, music and art activities in the classroom.

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The play takes place in La Porte, Indiana the day after Florence Fontaine's debut performance in Carnegie Hall.

Florence Fontaine is a talentless opera diva wannabe. She arrives in La Porte with her manager Cosmo Stars and her secretary Rosie, to scout a venue and begin her world concert tour. The previous evening, Florence rented Carnegie Hall to make her debut performance. Her manager Cosmo knows that she cannot sing. He loves her very much and wants to protect her from ridicule. They both are awaiting her concert reviews by special delivery - she to read them and he to intercept them. Rosie, the secretary to Florence is very shy and does not speak much. Not known to Cosmo or Florence is that Rosie has a beautiful singing voice and she should be the one to go on the world tour. While attempting to deliver the Carnegie Hall debut reviews, the delivery boy hears Rosie sing and falls madly in love with her. Cosmo is unable to intercept the terrible reviews and Florence finally realizes that she cannot sing. Cosmo proposes and Florence accepts. Rosie discovers her voice and Florence and Cosmo manage her world tour after they wed.


This Concert is Generously Sponsored by:

The Shirley Lubeznik Family

V. Michael & Cherri Drayton
Dr. Hester Muller and Jack Allen
La Porte Savings Bank
General Insurance Services
La Porte Savings Bank
Barry Dulyea Arts for Children Fund from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County
David & Dr. Linda Sirugo Family
Dennis Lantz
Indiana Arts Commission


The Other 3 Tenors

Opening Night

The Other 3 Tenors

Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, Concert at 7:30
  • La Porte Civic Auditorium
  • Table seating - $30
  • Adult Balcony - $20; Senior (65+) Balcony - $18
  • Children & Students through College are FREE with I.D. Balcony

three-tenorsThe Fall kick-off concert for a season titled "Voices ReImagined" may raise the roof of the La Porte Civic Auditorium on November 15 beginning at 7:30 pm. This concert is typical of the type of stimulating and inspiring program that fans of Music Director Philip J. Bauman have come to enjoy. For this concert, the audience will experience a fusion of an accomplished Midwest orchestra, a classically trained trio from Chicago and a high school choir that will be joining us from a celebrated arts school in Gary.

The La Porte audience enjoyed the Other 3 Tenors at an opening night concert of our 2010 season. The LCSO is very pleased to be bringing them back to our stage this season in response to overwhelming popular demand. For the November 15 evening, the trio is planning a one-of-a-kind celebration of music from around the globe. Classics from Italy, Ireland, Korea, France, Austria and North America will be featured on the eclectic program. Highlights will include "Mattinata", "La danza", "Danny Boy", "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", "Song of the Boatman", "Gunfight at O.K. Corral", as well as such lighter fare as Frank Sinatra's showpiece, "My Way". Audience members will also be treated to such operatic arias as "Che gelida manina" from La Bohème, "The Toreador Song" from Carmen and, of course, the late Luciano Pavarotti's signature piece, "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot.

Also on the program will be the Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy Concert Choir Concert Choir from Gary, who will be joining the tenors for "Funiculì, funiculà" and the inspiring Broadway standard, "You'll Never Walk Alone". Marion Boynes the director of this celebrated group has toured throughout the United States including New Your and Washington D.C. and worked with Maestro Bauman on many occasions. They are a spirited group that the audience is sure to enjoy.

When Warren Moulton, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee first appeared together on a gala concert in 2001, they had no idea that they would still be performing as a trio a decade later. “We were all studying with the same teacher”, recalls Martorana, a bearded Sicilian of substantial build, “and he thought it would be fun to put us together on a recital of his students.” The trio was jokingly dubbed The Other 3 Tenors in obvious deference to the original tenorial trio of Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. “We truly enjoyed singing together . . . it was very special,” adds Lee, the ensemble’s affable Korean tenor.

Although all three tenors had sung separately with various trios of tenors during the 1990s, none of those combinations managed to capture the magic of Moulton, Martorana and Lee. “Something just clicked, you might say,” explains Moulton, the trio’s ebullient emcee. Twirling the tip of his handlebar mustache, he continues, “Simon, Franco and I discovered that we loved all of the same music and that we really had a ball playing off one another on stage. We still get a bit goofy up there sometimes, but the audience doesn’t seem to mind a great deal.”

Indeed, The Other 3 Tenors has set itself apart from other trios by adopting a free for all approach to every performance. The group has been described as “The 3 Tenors meet the 3 Stooges” and the tenors’ performances always provide plenty of laughs along with soaring high notes. “We like to have fun, keep it light . . . we tease each other, try to outdo the other guy,” says Martorana. Lee quickly cuts in, explaining in his own charming brand of English that, “We taking the singing very seriously. We treat the arias and songs with respect...but we still like to be funny when we are not singing!”

Is the busy trio nervous to be appearing with LCSO for the first time in four years? “If we don’t get nervous”, explains Lee, “it will probably not be a good performance!” “Sure, we get a little nervous before a show”, Martorana relates, “but those nerves can be a good thing to get us going”. Moulton adds, “Of course, it’s exciting to sing for the La Porte audience again”. He concludes, “We just hope that they have as much fun as we do!”

There are many supporters of the November concert that make this event possible. This concert will be performed in memory of Jack & Mary Utley, both part of the founding committee that started the orchestra. Other sponsors that understand the value of supporting cultural arts in the community are: Beacon Health Systems, 1st Source Bank, Best Western Plus La Porte, WIMS, La Porte Herald-Argus, Michigan City News Dispatch and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Performing at the historic La Porte Civic Auditorium, the orchestra will be located below the stage where the acoustics for the orchestra are well accentuated.

You can read more about The Other 3 Tenors here or the Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir here.

General admission balcony tickets - $20 for adults; $18 for seniors (65+); Children/students through college age with I.D. receive free admission to the balcony.

Call (219) 362-9020 for reservations. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online here.

For everyone in attendance, a cash bar will be available. There will also be light snacks available for purchase both before the concert and at intermission.

Balcony tickets are available at the following locations:  

  • La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, La Porte
  • La Porte Savings Bank, 710 Indiana Avenue, La Porte
  • Roxy Music Shop, 1012 Lincolnway Avenue, La Porte
  • La Porte County Visitors Bureau, Marquette Mall, 4073 S Franklin St, Michigan City


Bach, Bruckner & Brahms

IU HEALTH La Porte Hospital Presents: Classic Concert

Supporting Sponsor: Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015
  • 3:00 pm Concert
  • Elston Performing Arts Center, Michigan City


  • Bach - Cantata 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
  • Bruckner – Te Deum
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 2


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Music Director, Philip Bauman, leads the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra at the Elston Performing Arts Center, Michigan City on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m. for the IU Health La Porte Hospital Classic Concert featuring works by Bach, Bruckner & Brahms. Tickets range from $18 - $20 and are on sale now at various convenient locations or online (above).

The concert begins with Bach’s Cantata 140 “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” one of Bach's best known works.  The cantata was written for the last Sunday in the Lutheran church year, and speaks of the need for preparation, in anticipation of the coming of Christ in the upcoming Advent season, as well as at the end of the liturgical cycle. Soloists include Sarah Gartshore, Soprano; Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, Tenor; and Peter van de Graaff, Bass. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and Illumination perform together on this piece.

Te Deum, undoubtedly Bruckner’s greatest sacred choral work, is a joyful and compelling piece propelled forward by the furious central ‘Aeterna Fac’, rousingly executed by the combined forces of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and Illumination. Soloists include Sarah Gartshore, Soprano; Jori Jennings, Mezzo Soprano; Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, Tenor; and Peter van de Graaff, Bass.

The concert concludes with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Brahms composed his sunny and affectionate Second Symphony at the peak of his career, at age 44. He began working on the piece in the summer of 1877, while on vacation in the lakeside summer resort of Pörtschach, Austria. He wrote to the critic and his ardent supporter, Eduard Hanslick, “In the course of the winter I shall let you hear a symphony that sounds so cheerful and delightful you will think I wrote it especially for you…”, and later premiered the symphony in Vienna in December of the same year.

This concert is made possible with the generous support of our title sponsor, IU Health La Porte Hospital with supporting sponsorship from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation and Blue Chip Casino. As the title sponsor of this event, IU Health La Porte will present Healing Music-Healing Touch as the introductory theme.

The concert will be performed at the Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit St.
Michigan City, Indiana on Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. Admission tickets can be purchased online at the door or at the following locations:

  • La Porte Savings Bank, 710 Indiana Avenue, La Porte
  • ROXY Music, 1012 Lincolnway, La Porte
  • LR Men’s Clothier and Tuxedos, 205 Lincolnway, La Porte
  • La Porte County Visitor’s Bureau, Maruette Mall, 4073 S Franklin Street, Michigan City
  • Arturo’s Bakery and More, 2613 U.S. Hwy 12, Michigan City.


April Pops Concert

The Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation Presents: Family Pops Concert

Supporting Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hagenow, Centier Bank and Purdue Federal Credit Union

Featuring: Purdue Varsity Glee Club and LCSO Children's Chorus

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 6 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Concert

Balcony Tickets Only

Table seating is SOLD OUT

Guest Artist sponsored by the Purdue Alumni Association.

Purdue Varsity Glee Club

gleeFounded in 1893, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club is one of the proudest and richest traditions of Purdue University and the State of Indiana. With integrity, passion, unparalleled showmanship and attention to every detail, the men of the Glee Club represent different backgrounds and hometowns across the country, consistently maintaining a high level of academic excellence with majors ranging from engineering to education.

The Glee Club has inspired audiences around the world with performance tours to Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, China, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Last May, the Glee Club embarked on its tenth European tour with appearances in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France culminating with a performance at Notre Dame Cathedral.

These men have stirred hearts from legendary stages such as the Crystal Cathedral, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and have performed at six presidential inaugurations. Performances with some of the brightest stars of screen and stage including Marvin Hamlisch, Garrison Keillor, Ed Sullivan and William Hurt continue to broaden the Glee Club’s appeal.

Under the direction of William E. Griffel, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club continues to share a sound all its own through one-of-a-kind arrangements in tailor-made performances for audiences of all ages.

William E. Griffel, Purdue Musical Organizations Director

Varsity Glee Club Director William E. Griffel is thrilled to be serving as the Director of Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University. He directs the internationally recognized Purdue Varsity Glee Club as a part of the stable of ensembles offered through Purdue Musical Organizations. He also produces and directs the annual Purdue Christmas Show which is seen by thousands on campus and by millions on PBS across the nation each December. Prior to this appointment, William was the Visual and Performing Arts Chairman and Director of Choral Music at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. He directed the nationally recognized show choir “F.C. Singers” and the internationally recognized mixed Concert Choir. While at Franklin Central, William was also an assistant football coach for six years with the Franklin Central Varsity Football program. William has traveled internationally both as a director and as a performer. He has sung with many of the world’s finest concert and operatic programs.

He has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Civic Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chatauqua Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Cathedral Singers, Oriana Singers, Blue Skies Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Caroling Party. William has served as a guest conductor and collaborator with the Purdue University Bands, Lafayette Symphony

Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir with his ensembles at Purdue Musical Organizations. His voice can be heard on many commercial and professional recordings by some of the most recognizable publishing companies in the United States such as Warner Brothers, GIA Publications, Hal Leonard Publications, G. Shirmer and Hinshaw Press. He is also an avid member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has won an Illinois District Quartet Championship with “Chicago Swing” in 2000, an International Chorus Championship with the Northbrook New Tradition Chorus in 2001, a Cardinal District Quartet Championship with “The Chase” in 2001 and was the Cardinal District International Quartet qualifier for that year. William currently sings with and is a vocal coach for the Kentucky Vocal Union Barbershop Chorus in Elizabethtown, KY. William received his bachelor’s degrees in music education and vocal performance from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI in 1991. He went on to receive a master’s degree in vocal performance in 1994 and a performance certificate in vocal performance in 1996 from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. William is sought after annually as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and vocal coach for vocal music programs across the United States. He lives in Lafayette with his beautiful wife Stephanie and their children Chelsea, Rae, Wil and Josie.

LCSO 2015 Fund Drive

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