The Valparaiso University Chorale Commissions New Work for Observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The Valparaiso University Chorale has commissioned a new work with composer Jake Runestad, a Minnesota native with many innovative and critically acclaimed compositions. The yet to be titled composition captures a universal theme of global unity, and will, as Runestad envisions, “serve as a vehicle to express the importance of inclusion and diversity, pulling from many traditions that make up our world.” 

The premiere is scheduled in September 2017 during the annual choral Homecoming concert. The work will then be showcased during the Chorale’s performances in Germany at several points during the highly anticipated concert tour surrounding the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Wittenberg. Additional performances are scheduled for Leipzig and Reutlingen. Connections to the Reformation Anniversary’s theme, One World, are ever present in the work. As Jake Runestad hopes, it “will challenge us to consider our role in fostering compassion and peace, and always act in the name of love.” 

Composer Jake Runestad enjoys an extensive global network with leading ensembles and organizations. Frequently performed and commissioned, Runestad has created music for an eclectic group of musical ensembles, creating unique works that highlight aspects of the human experience. As part of the momentous global experience for the Chorale in 2017, the University is delighted to be working closely with such a visionary composer as Runestad.

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