Hello everyone! My name is Abby Lange, and I’m a just-about-to-graduate senior at Valpo. I’ve been a member of the Valpo Chorale for four years, but I’m actually not a music major. I spent my undergrad years studying public relations, art history and humanities. Even though I didn’t spend every waking moment in the Valpo Center for the Arts, the Chorale has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my time here, and I’m excited to have one last celebration of all of our work together.
It’s interesting for me to think about this trip because it’s not the first time I’ve gone to Europe with the Chorale. I participated in the Germany tour over spring break 2007, so I’m very eager to find my way back again. I have to keep reminding myself that although the last time was great, this trip will not be exactly the same. I will visit different cities, perform different music, and be with (mostly) different people. However, I know that although the details of this trip will be different, my experience will be no less amazing.
I am especially excited about getting to perform with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra not once, but several times. In 2007 we did a few performances of Bach’s “St. John Passion,” and those moments were really incredible. I’m really looking forward to meeting them again, and collaborating on some really great pieces of music.
Although I am of course thrilled to fly across the ocean and make spectacular music with world-renowned musicians, I am just as thrilled to fly across the ocean and eat lots of pastries. Let’s face it – you don’t go to Europe without really indulging in the local bakeries. My friend Andrew and I have made a pact to try one new sweet each day, and no worries, you’ll get the full update.
For now, auf wiedersehen, and talk to you in Germany!
May 20: Concert - Leipzig, Lutherkirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 23: Service - Seyda (10 a.m.) and Gentha (1 p.m.)
May 24: Concert – Rottenburg am Neckar, Wallfahrtskirche Weggental (7 p.m.)
May 25: Choral Workshop – Rottenburg am Neckar (9:30 a.m.)
May 26: Concert - Bernburg, Schlosskirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 27: Concert - Köthen, St. Agnus kirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 28 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (5 p.m.)
May 29 - Cantata - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (3 p.m.)
May 30 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche 10 (a.m.)