China Concert 2015

South Shore Orchestra China 5 returns to Valparaiso to entertain and raise funds for Season 12!

These twelve local musicians and 40 plus collegial connections and friends from 6 states and two countries totaling 63, entertained thousands of Chinese concert goers recently in SSO’s 5th concert tour throughout the southwest region of China over New Year’s. The tour was in collaboration with the Confucius Institute of Valparaiso University. Eight concerts in…

Barton Family/Grey Wolf Cellars

SSO Annual Wine Dinner 2016 Fundraiser

Help ensure that SSO can guarantee their mission of orchestrating a musical community, by attending our fabulous annual wine dinner on Saturday February 6, 2016 at Bon Femme Café. The restaurant is located in downtown Valparaiso at 66 Lincolnway. The featured winery will be Barton Family Wines/Grey Wolf Cellars in Paso Robles, CA. You will…

SSO Announces 12th Season

SSO Announces 12th Season

South Shore Orchestra announces their 12th season with an invitation to their Annual Wine Dinner Fundraiser on February 6th! After a sold out uplifting Holiday Pops concert at Memorial Opera House, 70 members of South Shore Orchestra embarked on a 10 day Concert tour of China delivering 8 concerts in 7 cities in the southeast…

The Golden Guangda

Bullet Bound to Fuzhou

An early start with a wake up call at 5:30 gets us to breakfast and on the bus at 7. WE arrived at the train station where the new recruits will experience the pace of picking up the bullet train and being ready to board as soon as it stops and loading all 61 of…

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Off to Cixi

Wow what an amazing French buffet of pastries, cheeses and savory entrees. Tops off this stay as Best Ever! Bus departure is 8:30 but we are waiting for a few—was a late night of festive fun at the ball! Temperatures are mild. The traffic is amazing—not sure where and how everyone gets anywhere on time.…

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SSO celebrates Imagine — 10th Season

South Shore Orchestra would like to thank its generous sponsors and wine dinner guests for their monetary and celebratory support at their recent wine dinner fundraiser launching their 10th season. Despite the snow and cold, the evening offered warmth and fine flavors blended together by master chef Nicole Bissonette at Venue by Bistro. Wines featured…

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Media greets South Shore Orchestra in Nanjing

There has been a great amount of publicity announcing the cultural exchange of the universal language of music with the Chinese government and Valparaiso’s South Shore Orchestra. Nine digital bill boards in this huge metropolis, boast Maestro Troy Webdell’s image conducting the SSO. Promotional literature that was circulated to the seven cities hosting the group…

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Making our way to Wuxi

Now the adventure really begins with the concert schedule driving our daily routine. We have four consecutive performances–one after a we take a 5 hour bullet train ride south to Fuzhou. We are aware of the drone of pile drivers as a consistent background noise. Construction is everywhere! with evidence of more to come. Temporary…