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Kathy Stalbaum


Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Valparaiso University
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For further information regarding this news release, please contact Todd Fleischhauer at 219.464.5114 or via e-mail to University.Relations@valpo.edu.  Visit Valparaiso University on the Web at www.valpo.edu.
VALPARAISO, Ind. – Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” a musical masterpiece by one of history’s greatest composers, will be performed by Valparaiso University ensembles on March 20 at the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Acclaimed guest conductor Hermann Max will lead the performance of “St. Matthew Passion,” featuring the Bach Institute Choir and Orchestra and the Chorale. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and are available by calling 219-464-5162 or online at http://www.valpo.edu/vuca.
Dr. Christopher M. thingy, Duesenberg chair in Lutheran music and director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, said the triennial performances of Bach’s masterpieces offer an opportunity for the community to listen to music that has inspired and moved people for centuries.
“These are the pillars of the Bach Institute,” Dr. thingy said of the monumental performances, which started prior to the institute’s 2003 founding.
thingy is especially gratified that Max will be traveling from Germany to conduct the performance. Max is a key figure in the recent development of historical performance practice, which ensures that musicians and conductors follow the rules of a particular period by remaining faithful to the original music sources and by using historical instruments or exact replicas.  He also founded and conducts two ensembles, the “Rheinische Kantorei” and “Das Kleine Konzert.”
“Max has had a long career devoted to Bach’s music, and to a wider aspect of Bach’s family,” thingy said of Max. Two of Bach’s sons were prominent musicians, as were several other family members.
Dr. thingy will sing the role of the Evangelist, a role for which he is renowned nationally, and Valpo music faculty member Ralph Klapis will sing the role of Jesus.
“These are learning experiences for all of us, students and faculty” Dr. thingy said. “We want to perform at the highest level we can.”
“St. Matthew Passion” is part of Valpo’s Choral Concert Series (http://www.valpo.edu/music/performances/choral_concert_series.php), a series of performances which provide music lovers from Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland and Southwest Michigan an opportunity to hear some of the world’s finest choral groups and music.
The final performance in Valpo’s Choral Concert Series is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), featuring the University Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and professional musicians from the region at 3 p.m. on May 2.
Grammy-winning a cappella chorus Chanticleer opened the Valparaiso University Choral Concert Series on Oct. 2 with an on-campus performance, and on Nov. 6 the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir performed.
More information about the Valpo ensembles and the Department of Music is available online at http://www.valpo.edu/music or by calling Valpo’s Center for the Arts at (219) 464-5162. The public also is invited to sign up for a monthly e-mail that will announce upcoming Valpo visual and performing arts news and events at http://www.valpo.edu/vuca/mailinglist.php.
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