The Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the top Lutheran choirs in the United States, will be coming to Grand Rapids on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
The Chorale will perform a variety of music featuring American and European composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Nico Muhly, Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber, Heinrich Schütz and J.S. Bach.
The concert will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St. East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free, a donation will be collected to help offset the traveling expenses of the ensemble.
More about the Chorale:
The 48-voice ensemble upholds the highest standards of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras and sustains its mission of excellence through annual tours, recording and performing. The Chorale has performed at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig on six separate occasions and is the only American collegiate choir to have such a relationship with the church of J.S. Bach. The Chorale was also the only international ensemble invited by the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany to perform on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Oct 31, 2017.
The Thüringer Allgemeine reviewed the Chorale’s concert program as: “a first-class ensemble…such a high degree of tonal unity, such sure intonation in the most complex and dissonant groups of chords, and such a precise feeling for dynamic shadings.” The Schwartzwälder Bote exclaimed, “Heavenly and virtuosic performance enthused the audience,” and the Schwäbisches Tagblatt called the performance, “masterful.” In 2017, the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger praised the Chorale as “masters of exact information and an extremely fine nuanced dynamic”
Christopher M. Cock, director of choral and vocal activities at Valparaiso University, holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music and is director of the Bach Institute. Through his activities as a choral music educator and as a distinguished solo artist Dr. Cock has forged a unique career path, combining the roles of conductor and performer.
For more information regarding this performance or the Chorale, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.