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Chicago, Fall 2019 The Valparaiso University Chorale, Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, and Windiana performed alongside musicians from the Midwest United States and China.

Meeting the Performers

On Friday, September 20, 2019, the Valparaiso University Chorale met with the visiting Chinese musicians during an intimate concert in Duesenberg Recital Hall.

Both ensembles were grateful for the opportunity to share their passion for music, as well as extend an appreciation for the culture of their newly made acquaintances.

Rehearsing the Music

On Saturday, September 21, 2019 - after nearly a month of preparation - the musicians from Valparaiso University joined with the musicians from China to rehearse their combined pieces.

Friendship Lasts Forever

“Friendship Lasts Forever” was a wondrous spectacle of music, dance and more, showcasing Chinese and American cultures. The two-hour gala concert took place at Chicago Symphony Center, at 3pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

The cast, from both China and the US, consisted of leading artists, grand concert band, choir, and dancers in traditional Chinese attire. A variety of classical opera and musical pieces were performed by top-rated tenor, soprano, and baritone singers.

"This concert signifies what it means to be unified, not only in the enjoyment of performing arts but also in cultural sharing. It demonstrates the greatness we can create in cooperation across cultures."