2016 - 2017

74th year for the 

Concert Association of Valparaiso

...continuing the tradition and standards 
of Valparaiso Community Concerts ...

Our Mission
-- providing our community with quality entertainment at affordable prices...

Announcement:  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
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

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, and theater.
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 Winners!

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.

They are Winners! --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 Reciprocity
and calendar here






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-a limited number of single admission tickets are available,
if seating permits:  $15 adult, $10 student,
children, 5th grade & under, free

(the single ticket question)

Our concerts are at ...

Sun    09/18  3:00 pm          Lawrence & DeVries                               *piano & cello, classical

Thu    11/17   7:30 pm          Forza Quartet -- The Black Pirate          ****string ensemble

Mon    02/06  7:30 pm          Estonian Choir                                         ***visiting choir from Estonia

Fri       03/24  7:30 pm          Ball State Singers                                    ****university show choir

Thu     04/27  7:30 pm          VU Jazz Ensemble cabaret                  *****jazz ensemble (Big Band / ballroom style)

* 1st United Methodist Church, Valparaiso

*** Valparaiso University, Chapel of the Resurrection

**** IVY Tech auditorium, Valparaiso

***** Valparaiso University, Harre Union Ballroom

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