VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's Chorale, under the direction of Christopher Cock, will return to Germany for its fourth residency at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the church and its choir, the Thomanerchor.
The tour runs from May 29 through June 9.
"Taking members of the Valparaiso University Chorale to the church of J.S. Bach has been one of the personal highlights of my career," Cock said. "When we perform the music of Bach in the St. Thomas Church we are, quite literally, transported to a different time and place. We will, once again, collaborate with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra as we perform some of the greatest music ever written."
The highlight of the tour comes June 2 when Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler will join the tour to celebrate VU's decadelong friendship with St. Thomas Church. A service will precede the formalizing of an agreement with St. Thomas and VU that will strengthen the relationship with the goal of continuing cultural, musical, educational and theological exchanges.
"Our relationship with the St. Thomas Church is rich and fulfilling as we share our Lutheran heritage and our love of music," Heckler said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize this important friendship as we ensure its future for years to come."
The Chorale tour also will cross paths with a faculty-led tour of Germany for VU alumni. The tour is led by associate professor of theology Matthew Becker. Becker is the former director of the Reutlingen program.
In addition to services in Leipzig on June 1, 2, 3 and 9, the Chorale once again will partner with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra to present a selection of Bach's cantatas in Bernburg, Köthen and MeiBen.
The Chorale also will visit the small farming community of Mark Zwuschen, where the Chorale dedicated the first church that was built in the former East Germany during its tour in 2010. The visit concludes with a service of thanksgiving, followed by a dinner with the community.
To follow the Chorale before, during and after the tour, visit blogs.valpo.edu/choraletour2012, where you will find stories, photos and videos from faculty, staff and students.