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

SSO regular members participating in China 5

Regular members of SSO who spearheaded China 5 New Year’s Concert Tour are L to R: Lauren Ericksen, Ingrid Schimnoski, Addison Dempsay, Diane Rosenthal Kowalski, Pete Brannen, Kathleen Brannen, Maestro Troy Webdell, Alisha Dziarski, Concertmaster Kamen Vatchev, Elena Levi, Erin Gerig, and Stephanie Gerbick.

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 seven days was a busy schedule that still allowed for fine dinners with local sponsors, shopping and touring sidebars and plenty of bus time bonding with friends. “The concerts were remarkable”, says one musician. “The audience, so appreciative, and wanting autographs afterwards was thrilling to experience! The concert venues were impressive, modern and huge!”

China Concert 2015

Concert goers rush the orchestra afterwards for autographs!

Reports from concert tour participants that have done this before, validate this tour was the best! Although past participants will agree that all of the tours gave insight to the culture, new adventures in sharing the universal language of music and once in a lifetime experiences to recall and share.

Back in town, South Shore Orchestra rehearsals will soon begin to present the Puccini Requiem / Vivaldi Gloria to be performed on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 7:30 PM in Memorial Opera House with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus.

Doing their part to support the mission of “orchestrating a musical community”, SSO members will host their annual wine dinner fundraiser at Bon Femme Café in Valparaiso with wines by Barton Family Wineries/Grey Wolf Cellars from Paso Robles California on Saturday, February 6 at 5:30 pm. The five course paired with 5 wine meal will be complimented with silent and live auction items of note! Tickets can be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets at

Questions can be referred to Pete Brannen at 219-464-7816 or

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