EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Help bring concerts, benefits to Valparaiso

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Help bring concerts, benefits to ValparaisoBy Laura Blaney nwitimes.com
March 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

— Henry David Thoreau

What do the Vienna Boys Choir, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Goldovsky Opera and Jason Coleman, grandson to legendary pianist Floyd Cramer, have in common? They've all performed right here in our backyard, courtesy of the Concert Association of Valparaiso.

The Concert Association is celebrating its 70th year, an amazing feat. As a birthday gift to themselves and the community, they're looking to rejuvenate their organization. Maybe you can be a part of it.

The CAV came to life in 1944 under the name Valparaiso Community Concerts.

They sold almost 700 season tickets without a season schedule. They decided to raise the money first, and then book the talent. (Definitely the old-fashioned way.)

Season ticket prices that first year were $6 for adults and $3 for students. Three concerts were held, and off they went.

Concerts were originally held at Valparaiso University's auditorium or gymnasium, and they are now at Valparaiso High School. Ticket prices have gone up, but so have the benefits.

There are now five concerts per season, and reciprocity with four other Northwest Indiana concert associations. That means you can attend almost 50 local performances with your $45 season ticket ($40 if you're an early bird, and only $15 for students.) You almost pay that much in parking alone when in Chicago for a single show!

Besides bringing established musicians to town, CAV fosters emerging local talent in the form of opportunity and scholarships. For example, recently a brass quintet came to town and spent some time working with high school band students during the school day. They chose a promising student and allowed the student to perform with them onstage during the concert. What a great opportunity!

Students are further encouraged and aided through monetary scholarships.

Isn't this all-volunteer organization a fantastic asset to our community?

Do you have some new ideas to contribute? Get involved! They're looking for fresh thought, talent and leadership as they look ahead. Become a board member or volunteer.

No time? Consider a sponsorship gift. CAV is funded entirely through donations and ticket sales. Make a connection at valpoconcerts.com or call (219) 462-5305.

Music connects generations, and with your vigor and support we can continue this gift for many to come.

"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”


Laura Blaney is a Porter County commissioner. The opinions are the writer's.

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