South Shore Orchestra Launches 13th Season with Concerts and Connections at Memorial Opera House June 2, 2017
South Shore Orchestra, Valparaiso’s noted community orchestra, launches their 13th season with some exciting and exhilarating musical productions to entertain, inform and celebrate the universal language of music.
Valparaiso residents didn’t have to visit the local planetarium if they wanted to get a good look at some stars Sunday night. All they needed to do was head over to Duesenberg Recital Hall in the Valparaiso University Center for the Performing Arts, where local stars took the stage and took their turns to shine before a packed house.
The story of Beauty and the Beast really is a “Tale as old as time,” yet it was brought back to life in the newly rendered modern version showing in theaters now.
Memorial Opera House and BrightSide Music Welcome Willie Nile and His New York City Band for Fifth Concert
The Memorial Opera House, with the help of Rob Harkel, founder of BrightSide Music, proudly welcomed back Willie Nile to the newly-renovated venue for a remarkable fifth time.
For the 11th year in a row, Ben Franklin Middle School’s Blues Project rocked the house with a special program that entertained, education and brought people together.
Willie Nile has performed in Valparaiso, Indiana five times. Willie Nile is an international touring musician. This is not usual. He makes it seem like it is. Why wouldn’t it be? I recently caught up with the incredibly nice Nile before his return to the Memorial Opera House on March 18th as a part of BrightSide Music’s 2017 concert series to talk about this so-called “World War Willie”, his tribute to his friend Lou Reed, and the kind people of Valparaiso.
Valparaiso University will host the 2017 Jazz Fest April 3–8 with an array of exciting performances by talented artists, including local performers as well as CALJE (The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble) and the Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini.
On Saturday, February 18th, Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation held their monthly "Lights Up, Sound Down" movie screening event]. Starting off with a tailored movie showing for children with special needs and/or sensory issues, "Lights Up, Sound Down" also includes lunch, crafts and activities.
On February 11, the cold and rainy weather was beginning to dampen the spirits here at Ideas in Motion Media. So, we began to dream of summer and about one of our favorite warm weather events: the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival. We talked about favorite candy and food booths, the fun floats parading down the street – we cannot wait to see what Donna Flanagin and the Flanagin Fairies have in store this year – and of course, the tunes.