2016 - 2017
74th year for the
Association of Valparaiso
the tradition and standards
of Valparaiso Community Concerts ...
-- providing our
community with quality entertainment at affordable prices...
Our fifth concert date has been moved to Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
VU Jazz Ensemble, at the Harre Union Ballroom, 7:30 pm
Reciprocity coming up before our next concert:
Dec. 3rd, Munster, 7:00 pm -- KAT Trio, Russian classics
Jan. 13th, Munster, 7:00 pm -- Kubecca, instrumental
Estonian Philharmonic Choir
at Valparaiso University, Chapel of the Resurrection
Monday, Feb. 6th, 2017, 7:30 pm
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of
the best-known Estonian music ensembles in the world. The EPCC was founded
in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who was the artistic director and chief conductor
for twenty years. In the years 2001–2007, the English musician Paul Hillier
took over and between the years 2008–2013 the artistic director and chief
conductor was Daniel Reuss. Since 2014 Kaspars Putniņš has been the artistic
director and chief conductor of the choir.
The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to
the music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian
composers, such as Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina
Grigoryeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve, and introducing their
output to the world. Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts both
in Estonia and abroad.
The EPCC has cooperated with a number of outstanding conductors including
Claudio Abbado, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Ward Swingle, Neeme Järvi,
Paavo Järvi, Nikolai Alekseyev, Olari Elts, Andrew Lawrence-King, Roland
Böer, Frieder Bernius, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Poppen, Sir
Colin Davis, Michael Riesman, Louis Langree, Paul McCreesh, Gottfried von
der Goltz, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Gustavo Dudamel etc.
The EPCC has also worked with the following world-class orchestras such
as the Norwegian, Australian, Lithuanian, Prague and Stuttgardt Chamber
Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the
Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino, the
Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du
Louvre-Grenoble, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the North Netherland Symphony
Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber
Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Estonian National Symphony
Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
The EPCC has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals and
outstanding venues all over the world including the BBC Proms, the
Mozartwoche, the Abu Gosh Music Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the
Moscow Easter Festival, the Musikfest Bremen, the Salzburg Festspiele, the
Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival Aix-en-Provence, the
International Cervantino Festival, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, the
Bergen International Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the
Sydney Opera House, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Royal Concertgebouw in
Amsterdam, Versailles Opéra Royal, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, LSO St
Luke’s in London, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Kennedy Centre in
Washington, the Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Walt
Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles etc.
Another important aspect in the choir’s life is recording music (for ECM,
Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi and Ondine), resulting in various
award-winning CDs. The EPCC recordings have twice won a Grammy-Award for
Best Choral Performance: in 2007 for the album of Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem
(Harmonia Mundi) with conductor Paul Hillier and Arvo Pärt’s Adam’s
Lament (ECM) with conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. All in all, the choir has 14
Grammy nominations with works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and the music
from the Nordic countries. The EPCC recordings have also won the award
Diapason d’or, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Danish Music Award,
de Choc de l’Année Classica 2014, and more.
our 2016-2017 Season
want a printable
calendar for next year for all the concerts?
Why so many venues? so many locations? Moving, moving, moving.
The nature of our 2016-2017 season depends on quality instruments, ballrooms,
Our first concert needs a superlative piano and quiet setting. The 1st
Methodist Church in Valparaiso was given
the King (or maybe Queen) of pianos some years ago -- a Bosendorfer. And
this concert requires such an instrument. The accomplished talents of
Elise Lawrence and Joshua DeVries deserve this setting.
Piano and Cello. In the quiet comfort of soft seats and subdued
sound, you will experience the astounding sensation of the finest piano in the
world under the talented fingers of Elise with the rising talent and resonance
of the equally endowed Joshua. You will agree this could not be performed
in any other chamber.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performs music designed
for the cathedrals of Europe -- great stone and stained glass monuments to God
where the voices echo and re-echo, suggestively forever. And that is one
reason this concert will be in the marvelous Chapel of the Resurrection at
Valparaiso University. (But perhaps the major reason is that this is a
joint concert for the University as well as our Concert Association where we
will be joining the students and faculty of one of our most prestigious
universities in a cathedral setting.)
Two of our concerts -- The Forza Quartet and the popular and
stirring Ball State Singers will perform at our new haunts in
the modern IVY Tech auditorium. The stage is the only place for the dance
and voices of college youth, and for the viewing of one of the first silent
Technicolor (Duotone) box office hits with its original accompanying
score performed by our own local Forza Quartet. None of us alive
today can understand the stirring emotions our great grandmothers and great
grandfathers felt in those days until we see Douglas Fairbanks and
Billie Dove at their peak of popularity.
But maybe the biggest sensation will be the Big Band Style of Jazz
in the only setting that provides the full enjoyment of that music, that era --
a ballroom made for dancing as well as listening. This is a Big Band,
1940s style, 20-30 instrumentalists reminiscent of the War years and the
energy of young people so anxious to dance.
We have presented
So often, we take what's given us without much thought; we accept
and take at face value the performers who walk across our stage, the
people in the program, the names—familiar or not--of groups and
individuals who could be from another universe.
We fail to recognize the hours and years of devotion that it
took to refine their talents, the courage to present it all before a
few hundred of unimpassioned faces in the audience.
--these few who grace that platform under hot, glaring lights, they
are anxious in the knowledge that during these few minutes they will
present what they have learned and labored to perfect, given only
this one chance to be at the top of their skill.
In our last two seasons we gave you Home Grown, the talented who live and work
among us, and this season we give you the Winners.
We will continue to include "Home
Grown" local talent, as well as invited, professional performers, in our
future seasons, because we just have so much here to be proud of.
But, often, such exceptional individuals and groups escape from us
to the appreciative audiences in big cities.
We hope you enjoyed this season
of performances. Please join us next year--and
bring your friends!
download our printable
2016 - 2017
Explore Valparaiso --
season tickets -- call 219-462-5305 or 219-926-8379
or download this form
or purchase at the door...
-a limited number of single admission tickets are available,
permits: $15 adult, $10 student,
children, 5th grade & under, free
single ticket question)
Our concerts are at
Lawrence & DeVries
*piano & cello, classical
11/17 7:30 pm Forza Quartet
-- The Black Pirate
choir from Estonia
Ball State Singers
****university show choir
VU Jazz Ensemble cabaret
*****jazz ensemble (Big Band / ballroom style
United Methodist Church, Valparaiso
University, Chapel of the Resurrection
**** IVY Tech
University, Harre Union Ballroom