War begins in our hearts and that is where it must end.” —Raymond G. Hunthausen, Archbishop Emeritus of Seattle.  On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Valparaiso University Music Department presents a special event six years in the making. War and the Human Heart combines chamber wind ensemble, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Join the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Valparaiso University Bach Choir, the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, the Windiana Concert Band, vocal and instrumental soloists, and conductors Christopher M. Cock and Jeffrey Scott Doebler for a thought-provoking journey into the veteran experience. The concert features works by Beethoven, Strauss, Holst, Schumann, Barber, and others.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University


  • Valparaiso University Chorale
  • Bach Choir
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band
  • Windiana Concert Band
  • VHS Varsity Singers (Aaron Riegle, director)
  • Conductors — Christopher M. Cock and Jeffrey Scott Doebler
  • Narrated by Dr. Mark L. Biermann


  • Baritone — Daniel Eifert
  • Soprano — Anne Marie Bice
  • Tenor — Steven Noon
  • Shofar — Steven Ovitsky

Special Guest Appearances:

  • Dr. Charles Rearick, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will give a pre-concert talk about the soldier’s song Quand Madelon, the “hit song” of WWI in France, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 in the Duesenberg Recital Hall
  • Dr. Keith Kinder, Professor Emeritus at McMaster University in Toronto, will give a talk about music for voices and wind instruments to region band and choral directors at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts room 1412, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 11



BEETHOVEN: Krieger Chor [Soldiers’ Song]: Wir Bauen und Sterben [We Build and Die], WoO 96, from incidental music to Leonora Prohaska, a drama by Johann Friedrich Duncker, cabinet secretary to the King of Prussia (1814)

STRAUSS: Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniterordens (Solemn Processional of the Knights of the Order of St. John), TrV 224 (1909)

GRAINGER: We Have Fed Our Sea for a Thousand Years (1911)


What Do You Do if You Are Attacked? Or Your Country is Occupied?

READ: The Reveille, Op. 89b (1962)

MARLY: Chant des Partisans (Song of the Partisan Fighters) (1940)


The Veteran’s Experience: Camaraderie, Sacrifice, “Battle Madness”

ROBERT: Quand Madelon (1914)

ROUSSEL: Le Bardit des Francs (War Song of the Franks) (1926)

HOLST: A Dirge for Two Veterans, H121 (1914)


Veterans’ Sacrifice, Fear and Commitment

MARTINU: Polni Mse (Field Mass/Soldier’s Mass), H. 279 (1939)


Loss and Hope for the Future

BOUTRY: Marche de Novembre (Commemorating the Battle of the Somme) (1975)

SCHUMANN: Beim Abschied zu Singen (Parting Song), Op. 84 (1847)

HOLST: Turn Back O Man, Op. 36a/H.134 (1916)

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