Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is honored to host the Valparaiso University Chorale on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. This concert is part of the 2017-2018 Concert Series which has also featured Dr. Jim Marriott from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on the organ, and Prince of Peace’s own choirs and musicians. The concert is free to attend. A door offering will be collected that will help support both the Chorale and the Prince of Peace Concert Series.
The Valparaiso University Chorale continues to earn acclaim as one of the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, upholding the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras and preserving the University’s rich choral tradition, which dates back to the early 20th century. The 48-mixed-voice ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire that spans from traditional to significant contemporary works to selections that express multicultural perspectives, all in their original languages. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher M. Cock, who has led the University’s Chorale program for over two decades, the ensemble maintains an active annual schedule of touring, performing and recording, including appearances at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in 2005, 2008 and 2015.
The Chorale has served five residencies at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany – the only collegiate American choir to enjoy such a strong relationship with the church of Johann Sebastian Bach. In June 2012, the Chorale was invited by the Bach Archive in Leipzig to perform at the Bach Festival that celebrated the 800th anniversary of the St. Thomas Church and its famous choir, the Thomanerchor.
In addition to the Chorale’s national and international appearances, the ensemble boasts in their repertoire a number of recordings which include: Traditions: Hymns, Motets, and Folk Songs (1998); The Lutheran Chorale with Paul Manz (2000); Christ Child: Songs of the Nativity (2001); In Paradisum (2003); As it is in Heaven (2006); amazing day (2008); O My Soul (2010); and Star Still Guiding (2011).
The Valparaiso University Chorale has received significant critical acclaim. The Thuringer Allegemine reviewed the Chorale’s concert in 2007: “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 of dynamic shading…” In 2010, the Schwarzwalder Bote exclaimed, “Their heavenly and virtuosic performance enthused the audience,” and the Schwabischs Tagblatt hailed their performance as “masterful.”