2016 - 2017
72nd year for the
Association of Valparaiso
the tradition and standards
of Valparaiso Community Concerts ...
-- providing our
community with quality entertainment at affordable prices...
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.
Lawrence and DeVries!
piano and cello
with an appearance of
1st Place Vocal Scholarship winner, Mikaela Smith,
singing her winning selection.
Sunday, September 18th, 3:00 pm
at 1st United Methodist Church
103 Franklin St.
Elise Lawrence and Joshua DeVries are music
students at the University of Michigan. They have been
performing at various venues with increased acceptance and acclaim.
While their careers are beginning, we have the advantage of seeing
them in their earnest youth, their passionate presentation of music,
their budding. Josh is a graduate of Chesterton High School
and has performed with the South Shore Orchestra and the Chicago
Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is a past student at Columbia University.
We are so proud of our youth among us, those
who work with their instruments and their voices to achieve the
thrill of presentation and performance on live stages. It is
due to our subscribers and our sponsors that we can offer these
scholarships. We hope to do more as we continue to grow.
Please consider a donation or sponsorship to
the Concert Association of Valparaiso or to our Scholarship Program
directly. We have traditionally offered, in rotating order,
Piano, Strings, and Vocal awards yearly. We would really like
to do more--with more. Please think of us in our coming
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
-to be announced-
-- 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