VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Continuing a 90-year tradition, the Valparaiso University Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival features more than 200 student performers in the Chorale, men’s and women’s choirs, Chamber Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s program includes selections from Rimsky-Korakov’s “The Snow Maiden” and Buxtehude’s “In Dulci Jubilo;” settings by Cichy, Posten and Rutter; and traditional favorites such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.”
The Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the top Lutheran choirs in the United States, upholds the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras. The Chorale has been described as “a first-class ensemble” with performances referred to as “heavenly and virtuosic” as well as enthusing and “masterful.” The Chorale has served four residencies at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany—the only collegiate American choir to enjoy such a strong relationship with the church of Johann Sebastian Bach—most recently visiting in June of 2012 for the 800th anniversary of the church and its choir. The Chorale will perform sacred and secular pieces by Frank Ticheli, Daniel Gawthrop, Heinrich Schutz and Johann Sebastian Bach. The 48-voice ensemble is under the direction of Christopher M. Cock, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Director of the Bach Institute, and Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music.