Purdue University Glee Club to Perform in Valparaiso

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The Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso is once again sponsoring the Purdue Varsity Glee Club as they travel to Valparaiso to perform a concert on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Valparaiso High School Auditorium. The Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso first sponsored this concert in 2007 at the request of a Valparaiso woman who wanted to see her grandson perform.

While the Kiwanis Club does not typically get involved in sponsoring such events, the Valparaiso grandmother was persistent and the Kiwanis Club was kind enough to give in to her request.

ìThe event turned out to be a good way for us to provide family entertainment, as well as a good source of revenue to give scholarships and provide funding to schools,î Roger Luekens, chairman of the committee for the Kiwanis Club Of Valparaiso, said.

So good in fact, the Kiwanis decided to sponsor the Purdue Varsity Glee Clubís Valparaiso performance again in 2009, and are now preparing to do so again in 2011. With the profits, the Kiwanis provide funding to three different Key Clubs at Valparaiso, Wheeler and Washington Township high schools, which help students learn about volunteering in their local areas. They also provide funding to two Builder Clubs that focus on the same mission as the Key Clubs, only on a middle school level.

In the past, the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso has also supported a variety of youth leadership activities, ReBuilding Together, Special Olympics, Valparaiso Family YMCA and many other agencies and activities focused on children.

Luekens said the Kiwanis Club has been very fortunate, thanks in part to the generosity of Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, to be able to treat the Purdue Varsity Glee Club to a Strongbow meal before the concert. The Glee Club repays the generosity by performing a few songs for the lucky lunch crowd in attendance.

The scheduling of the Purdue Varsity Glee Clubís performance is no coincident on the Kiwanis Clubís part. Football fans will make note that Sunday, Jan. 23 will be the last playoff game of the NFL season, and Feb. 6 will, of course, be the Super Bowl.

The Kiwanis Club has made sure to schedule the concert between these two very important football dates each year the Glee Club has performed to be sure not to cause any scheduling mishaps ñ or disappoint any football fans. Thus far, the event has been a great success every year.

ìEspecially in the first year, we had a big snow storm but still had a packed house. Itís because of their reputation,î Luekens said. ìItís a 90 minute concert, high energy, good fun, excellent singing; they just do a marvelous job.î

Attendance might also be so outstanding because several members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club have their roots in Northwest Indiana. These members include Jeremy Chance of Hammond, Mark Knight of Munster, Caleb Larsen of Highland, Kevin Norman of Dyer and Bryce Shaffer, a freshman from Valparaiso majoring in communications at Purdue.

With integrity, passion, unparalleled showmanship and attention to every detail, the men of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club have proudly served as ambassadors of the university with honor and dignity for more than 115 years. William E. Griffel is the director of Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University, which includes the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. As a performer, Griffel has sung with many of the worldís finest concert and operatic programs.

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club employs a versatile repertoire that includes gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads and classical choral selections, as well as barbershop, folk melodies, patriotic standards, familiar opera choruses, country and novelty tunes. They also utilize small groups and outstanding soloists to further enhance each show.

Advanced sale tickets are available from Kiwanis members as well as from Purdue University North Central in Valparaiso, the Valparaiso Festival and Events office located at 162 W. Lincolnway and the Valparaiso YMCA located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive.

Advanced sale tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. All tickets at the door are $15. Children under 5 are free. Tickets may make great Christmas gifts. Profits from the concert will be used to benefit not-for-profit agencies and student scholarships in the Greater Valparaiso area.

ìItís always a highlight of our year, simply because its fun and thereís a lot of people who always leave with a smile,î Luekens said. ìItís a ëfeel goodí thing for the club, but it is also a great thing for the community.î

For more information about the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, visit www.purdue.edu/pmo. For more information about the groups Kiwanis sponsored performance in Valparaiso on Jan. 30, 2011, contact the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso at info@valpokiwanis.org, or visit www.valpokiwanis.org.

Your chance to win!

Fill out the form located on page 11 and return it to The Chronicle office, 208 Elm St., Valparaiso, IN, 46383, by Jan. 21 for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Purdue Varsity Glee Clubís performance on Jan. 30, 2011 at Valparaiso High School. Three lucky winners will be selected at random to receive a pair of tickets to the performance, a $30 value, and announced in the Jan. 26 issue of The Chronicle.

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