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Bach’s Home Church Choir Sings at Valpo Saturday

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October 31, 2013 — The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University is honored to host a historic visit this weekend by the boys choir of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, as it starts its United States tour Saturday, November 2.

During the last decade, the University has developed a strong relationship with St. Thomas Church, and the Valparaiso University Chorale is the only collegiate American choir to serve four residencies at the church.  Because of the close partnership between the two institutions, Valpo offers a rare opportunity for music enthusiasts to enjoy the choir of Johann Sebastian Bach’s home church.

Valparaiso’s Bach Institute Director Christopher Cock visited Lakeshore News Tonight to discuss the boys choir and VU’s music program, and Professor Cock told Lakeshore’s Kristyn Estes how music ties them together.

He says, “We’re honored to host a concert by the world famous Thomanerchor.”  Professor Cock is director of VU’s choral and vocal activities, and he says, “The (boys) choir will present an excellent program of music by Leipzig composers, including two cantatas by J.S. Bach.  This concert promises to demonstrate why this choir enjoys a reputation as among the most outstanding boys choirs in the entire world.”

The St. Thomas Boys’ Choir, or the Thomanerchor, has a history that spans more than 800 years and is Leipzig’s oldest cultural institution.  Throughout its history, the church and its choir have played a significant role in shaping Lutheran church music.  In 1723, Bach was installed as St. Thomas’ director of music, a position he served for 27 years.

The Thomanerchor will perform in the Chapel of the Resurrection at 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 2.  Tickets are available at and 219-464-5162.


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