Our 2018-19 Season

The Dream of the Burning Boy

September 28th, 29th, and 30th

October 5th, 6th, and 7th

Since the sudden death of his favorite student, high-school teacher Larry Morrow has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. As Larry’s dreams intensify, a shocking secret is exposed. A secret that will change everything. Searing yet surprisingly funny, The Dream of the Burning Boy is about finding the strength to move on, and the courage to live without regret.

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Homecoming Concert

Saturday, September 29th at 4:00pm

Featuring the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Woman's Choir and the Men's Ensemble.

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Gargoyle Brass with organ

Saturday, October 6th at 7:00pm

"Imaginary Landscapes" featuring music of Stravinsky, Holst and others.

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Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 20th at 5:00pm

The Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Friesen-Carper, conductor.

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Lady Windermere's Fan

November 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Lady Windermere has her suspicions that her husband of just under two years is having an affair with another woman. After he denies her allegations, she decides to invite the woman in question to her 21st birthday party.

Oscar Wilde’s comedy is set in 19th-century London, and sees Wilde poke fun at the social upper classes, and their moral attitudes, of the period. It’s a play about relationships and infidelity in English high society.

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Music of Johan de Meij

Saturday, November 3rd at 5:00pm

Symphony No. 5: Return to Middle Earth by Johan de Meij
premiere performance
Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij
30th anniversary performance
Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band
Windiana Concert Band
Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor
Johan de Meij, guest conductor and composer
Maura Janton Cock, soprano

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A Carol Festival, Christmas Concert 

Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 1st at 5:00pm

Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Concert Band, Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble
Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection

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Acting/Directing Showcase

December 4th and 5th at 7:00pm

One-act plays, directed by senior theatre majors as part of their capstone coursework for the theatre department. Titles to be determined.

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Dance Ensemble

January 31st and February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

The Dance Ensemble takes the stage in the month of February, bringing student and faculty choreographed dance to the Valparaiso community.

Directors: Ann Kessler and Salena Elish

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Symphony Orchestra with Concerto Winners

Saturday, February 16th at 5:00pm

Featuring winners of the 2018-19 Student Concerto Competition
Saturday, February 16, 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection

Dennis Friesen-Carper, conductor

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St. Matthew Passion

Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00pm

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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