“Oktoberfest might be over in Munich, but it’s going strong in Glen Ellyn. Under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, the New Philharmonic will present a program of popular works by German composers and sing-alongs” at the McAninch Arts Center this weekend, writes Annie Alleman in the Sun-Times (Clarendon Hills, Illinois). “A pre-show Oktoberfest meal with an oom-pah band will complement the meal. Concertgoers will even be allowed to bring their beer into the concert hall.… ‘Here we have a great new facility with a beautiful new pavilion out back…. We’re going to play Bach and Brahms and Mozart, but most of the concert is fun,’ said Muspratt…. ‘If I went to this concert, I would have a blast, and I’m a pretty hard customer.’ While some might argue that the beer is the centerpiece of the evening, Muspratt believes that it’s the timeless, beautiful music that will be the crowning jewel.” The oom-pah band Die Musikmeisters will perform, and orchestra repertoire will include Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s “Napoleon March” and “Radetzky March,” and Von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture.”

Posted October 10, 2014