Chorale at Thomaskirche with Thomanerchor

The Valparaiso University Chorale will be part of an unique German cultural experience by performing with an elite choir that has played a role in the history of Leipzig for over 800 years.

On Oct. 31, the Chorale will sing at Thomaskirche, the St. Thomas Church, with the Thomanerchor, under the direction of Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz, which is one of the most prestigious boys’ choirs in the world.

Over time, Thomanerchor has produced renowned musicians and has been led by talented Thomaskantors, including the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Recognized for their passion for tradition and their musical legacy, the Thomanerchor has invited the Chorale to share in a special performance on Reformation Day.

Valparaiso University Chorale has a long standing relationship with Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig. During Chorale’s 2004 concert tour, they served their first residency at the St. Thomas Church. The Chorale has served an additional four residencies and travels regularly to Germany to continue this honored relationship. This strong bond fortifies the Lutheran traditions that are core to the mission of Valparaiso University.

An invitation was extended to the Chorale by the St. Thomas Church and the Bach Archive in 2012 to perform in the 800th anniversary celebration of the St. Thomas Church and the Thomanerchor. Valparaiso University has an agreement with the St. Thomas Church and the Forum Thomanum to continue musical, cultural, and theological exchanges.

Their performance at the St. Thomas Church on Oct. 31 will be a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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