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Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival



All concerts begin at 7 PM

The Porter Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza

For all of the music lovers out there, come out and enjoy the sounds of the season with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival. This concert series features many artists – each with their own unique style and sound. Select Thursday nights in the summer, concertgoers of all ages will enjoy a feast of different sounds underneath the beautiful night sky at The Porter Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza.

A staple of our music series is The Summer Rhapsody Festival Orchestra which features a combination of 60 professional and student musicians from Valparaiso and surrounding areas.

Bring your picnic, your blanket or chairs, and of course, your music-loving family and friends, and come relax in the park with the sounds of the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival.

Admission is FREE and all concerts begin at 7:00 PM.

2017 Concert Schedule

  • July 13- Hoosier Highway
    • Delivering precise vocal harmonies and original musical arrangements, Hoosier Highway not only entertains, but also takes their high-energy show directly to their fans through audience interaction and involvement. The band plays a wide variety of country music, from top-40 to classic, as well as their own original songs. 
  • July 20-Summer Rhapsody Festival Orchestra, A Tribute to John Williams.  Valparaiso Middle School Band Concert begins at 4pm. The Orchestra begins at 7pm. 
    • This 61-piece orchestra will perform A Tribute to John Williams, including music from all of our favorite films: Jaws, Hook, Schindler’s List, Star Wars and more!  Miguel Rosario, Artistic Director and Conductor, has a wonderful concert planned for all to enjoy!
      • Update: The Valparaiso Middle School Band will be our opening act at 4pm.  Due to potential inclement weather, the Middle School Band will be performing under the William E. Urschel Pavilion in Central Park Plaza. Bring your chairs, pack a picnic and meet us out there! We will keep you updated on our Facebook page later today if the Orchestra will be on the stage or under the pavilion at 7pm. See you tonight!
  • July 27- The Corey Dennison Band
    • Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey’s always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of “live in chicago” a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album leaves little doubt that the Blues has found its premier young lion, Corey Dennison.
  • August 3- Libido Funk Circus
    • While LFC’s musical catalog has certainly become their trademark, it’s only half of the story. This tireless, six-piece band is on a quest to entertain at any cost! Did we mention there are three dedicated lead vocalists, including one guy and two girls? And all six band members sing!
  • August 10- Kashmir
    • KASHMIR is a very entertaining show bringing only the best of LED ZEPPELIN to their fans.  KASHMIR seeks to re-create the experience of a 70’s Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes, and special effects, with great attention to detail in a non pretentious way.

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