Our 2018-19 Season

St. Matthew Passion

Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00pm

Chapel of the Resurrection

Friday, March 1st at 7:00pm

Basilica of St. Adalbert

645 Davis Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose, to present the Passion story in music during Good Friday vespers services. The first performance was at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1727, and this work is widely recognized as one of greatest pieces of Western music, with an interlocking of voices and instruments that creates an emotional connection into this dramatic journey. Bach built his Passion from choruses both small and large, and arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the principal storyteller, moving the drama along throughout. Supporting Bach's massive structure are three grand choruses — at the beginning, middle and end — standing as tall pillars, holding up the surrounding music. The performance will feature the internationally acclaimed Valparaiso University Chorale and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the Valparaiso University Bach Orchestra and Choir, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. The performance will be directed by Christopher M. Cock, Director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University and conductor of the Valparaiso University Chorale. For additional information visit valpo.edu/bach.

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Our Town

March 27th, 28th, and 29th at 8:00pm

March 30th and 31st at 2:00pm

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life”, “Love and Marriage”, and “Death and Eternity”. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.

Directed by Lee F. Orchard

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Symphony Orchestra, Spring Concert

Saturday, April 13th at 5:00pm

Saturday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection

Dennis Friesen-Carper, conductor

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April 26th and 27th 

May 3rd and 5th

About the Performance:
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen everyday.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from Steven Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Director: R. Andrew White
Musical Director: Dennis Friesen-Carper

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Annual Sousa Concert

Saturday, May 4th at 5:00pm

The 21st Annual Sousa Tribute Concert
Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Luce Concert Band, and Community/University Concert Band
Saturday, May 4, 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection

Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor

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ONLINE Ticket Pricing:

Adults: $15
Seniors/Non-VU Students: $10

Complimentary Tickets for Children 12 and under, VU Students, Staff and Faculty are issued through the VUCA Box Office only** (**see below).

**For complimentary tickets, please call the VUCA Box Office at (219) 464-5162.

VU Students must request their complimentary tickets in person at the box office with a valid VU ID. Each student is eligible for one free ticket per ID.

Or drop by in person:
The Box Office is located in the Center for the Arts Administrative Suite. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm and one hour before ticketed performances.

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