VALPARAISO | The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University is honored to host the boys choir of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, as it kicks off its United States tour on Nov. 2.
During the last decade, Valpo has developed a strong relationship with St. Thomas Church, and the Valparaiso University Chorale is the only collegiate American choir to serve four residencies at the church. Because of the close partnership, Valpo offers a rare opportunity for music enthusiasts to see the choir of Johann Sebastian Bach's home church.
"We're honored to host a concert by the world famous Thomanerchor," said Christopher Cock, director of The Bach Institute and choral and vocal activities at Valparaiso University. "The choir will present an excellent program of music by Leipzig composers, including two cantatas by J.S. Bach."
In June 2012, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the church, the Valparaiso University Chorale and University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., visited Leipzig for the annual Bachfest celebration. During this visit, the Chorale served its fourth residency and Heckler signed an agreement with the church resolving to continue the cultural, educational and theological exchanges for many years to come.
As part of this agreement, the Chorale will continue to perform at the St. Thomas Church, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University will conduct scholarly endeavors in Leipzig, and St. Thomas clergy and cantors will contribute theologically and musically to Valpo's campus.
The Thomanerchor will perform in the Chapel of the Resurrection at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. Tickets are available now at valpo.edu/thearts or (219) 464-5162; cost is $40 for reserved seating, $20 for adult general admission, and $15 for senior and student general admission.