MERRILLVILLE — Lakeshore PBS will premiere “The Pipes of Valparaiso: A Holiday Celebration” on December 20, and then rebroadcast the half-hour Christmas special on December 23 and 25 for residents across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland to enjoy around the holidays.
“The Pipes of Valparaiso: A Holiday Celebration” features the Music Department of Valparaiso University, The Reddel Memorial Organ and The Chapel of the Resurrection. The program showcases Sunghee Kim, University organist and assistant professor of music, as she directs compositions such as Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Wachet Auf” and “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland”, Sigurd M. Øgaard’s “Christmas Fantasy for Violin and Organ,” and John Sullivan Dwight’s translated version of Adolphe Adam’s “ O Holy Night” (Cantique de Noël).
Lakeshore Public Media’s Vice President of Productions, Tony Santucci, sees this Christmas television special as a great opportunity to expose viewers to the talent Valparaiso University contributes to the community.
“Those who haven’t been in the chapel during a performance are in for a real treat. It is impossible to separate the space of the chapel from the organ, the two harmonize to create a dynamic sound that can be both intimate and epic. Special thanks needs to be extended to Dr. Sunghee Kim for her dedication to performance and organization. Her musicality and collaborative efforts have made for a compelling presentation,” Santucci said.
During the time leading to the broadcast, Lakeshore PBS seeks supporting and presenting sponsorships in order to support the local broadcast. There are also sponsorships available to support the Christmas special being made available on the PBS digital platform for on-demand streaming via LakeshorePBS.org as well as the free PBS Video App which is available on most popular streaming platforms.
“This is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to promote their organization while also supporting our mission to inspire lifelong learning and enrich the lives of the residents we serve,” Lakeshore Public Media’s Vice President of Development, Carl Kurek said. “This program will not only place on display the immensely talented music faculty of Valparaiso University, but will provide the public with a glimpse inside what is widely considered one of America’s most beautiful university chapels.”
Lakeshore Public Media has been a public broadcasting entity based in Northwest Indiana for nearly 35 years. Their mission is to enrich the lives of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana residents through lifelong learning, the celebration of human diversity, and engagement in civic concerns. For more information about Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio, visit LakeshorePublicMedia.org.
Lakeshore PBS Air Dates and Times for “The Pipes of Valparaiso: A Holiday Celebration”
- Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30p.m. & 9p.m.
- Friday, December 23 at 12:30p.m.
- Sunday, December 25 at 1:30p.m.