2017 - 2018

75th 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...

Keep us alive!  Help us achieve our goal and improve our programs.  Consider a gift of money to the Concert Association of Valparaiso.
Donations are deductible within the limits of the IRS.  CAV is a 501c3, not-for-profit organization.
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What's in store for Valpo in 2017-2018?
click here and download our brochure and membership form

Six (6!) Concerts to celebrate our 75th
year of providing quality entertainment
to the Valparaiso and rural communities!

Sept. 29 -- real Dixieland (Traditional Jazz):  The Chicago Five
Oct. 22 -- Nicole Lee & Joseph Bognar, duo piano program
Nov. 17 -- Sweet Adelines, barbershop singing, Great Lake Sound

Mar. 16 -- Ball State University Singers, showchoir excellence

-- by popular demand --
**please note the change in date for VU Jazz... below**
Apr. 3 -- the VU Jazz Ensemble with  "Swing and Dance"

the season ends with a bang-up night --
Apr. 20 -- the phenomenal Jon Weber,
extraordinary piano entertainer
we've had him before and the audience wouldn't let him quit...

++ most evening concerts will now begin at 7:00pm++

Ball State Singers

Friday, Mar. 16th, 7:00 pm
IVY Tech Community College -- Valparaiso
the Ball State University Singers!
a very popular college showchoir super performance!
-- four years in a row --

Reciprocity -- next concerts:

Saturday, Mar. 10th, 7 pm:  Portage -- The Northsiders, barbershop
Sunday, Mar. 18th, 3 pm:  Portage -- South Shore Orchestra
Thursday, Mar. 22nd, 7 pm:  Munster -- Hank Williams tribute
Sunday, Mar. 25th, 3 pm:  La Porte -- An Afternoon of Enchantment, opera, pops

download full Reciprocity Schedule or Calendar

The Concert Association of Valparaiso has provided quality performances with some of the finest artists available -- and we've done that for 75 years!  That's right!  This new season marks the 75th year.  But did you even know we existed?  Years ago, we were one of the many Community Concert associations across America that brought high level performers to middle and rural America.  The Great Depression had put many out of work, entertainers included, and the Community Concert idea was born.  Without it, the community surrounding Valparaiso would never see the Indianapolis Symphony, Fred Waring, the Bolshoi Ballet, Dizzy Gillespie, and many other famous performances and soloists.  For dimes instead of dollars, not only could you subscribe to a season of four or five concerts, but you could attend any of the many other Community Concert venues spread out around us.  Today, for the price of one subscription, you can still take advantage of this wonderful benefit:  Munster, La Porte, Portage, and Warsaw are collaborators and we all share our concerts and subscriptions.  This is the Reciprocity.  However, as a Reciprocity member, you are seated five minutes before the program.  But being left out has rarely, if ever, happened.  Therefore, it is best to review all the Reciprocity and our own program of concerts to choose which subscription to purchase in order to assure seating.
To keep costs affordable, each association is managed by unpaid volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to bring this marvelous advantage to our local community.  Your dollars are used entirely in the selection and comfort of your concert enjoyment.  If you like what you see, if you have liked what we've brought you in years past, then join us now for another great season.  And consider a gift of money to keep the ball rolling!


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 past 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 programs of "Home Grown" local talent, as well as invited, professional performers, in our future seasons, because we have so much around us 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!





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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,
if seating permits:  $15 adult, $10 student,
children, 12 & under, free

(the single ticket question)

Our concerts are at ... to be announced

Email us: cav@valpoconcerts.com

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