Patriotic Pops Concert honors the military June 25
May 24, 2011––Celebrating community and country with timeless music and ice cream novelties, the University Band will perform its seventh annual Patriotic Pops Concert and Ice Cream Social June 25.
The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m., on the pillar’s lawn in front of Addison Hall, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Chapel of Our Lord. Admission is free. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the University’s parking structure on Bonnie Brae.
"The University Band’s summer concert will include both popular and patriotic music in anticipation of the Fourth of July,” says Richard R. Fischer, DMA, University Band conductor and distinguished professor of music. “It is always a wonderful time—performing many familiar works in an outdoor setting where people can be comfortable sitting in their lawn chairs and eating their favorite picnic-type food."
In popular tradition, the University Band will open with “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the River Forest Boy Scout Troop raises the flag. Guest choir Acappellago, a chamber choir that performs throughout Chicago’s western suburbs, will perform with the band.
Repertoire will include John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”; Samuel A. Ward’s, “America, the Beautiful”; John Williams’ “Midway March”; and Paul Murtha’s “Irving Berlin’s America.” The University Band will also perform Richard L. Saucedo’s “With Each Sunset,” which was written in memory of a soldier’s life lost in Iraq.
The performance will include commentary provided by Jean Harrison Bojes. Each year, Bojes introduces the repertoire and provides interesting facts on each piece performed.
The University Band is comprised of approximately 65 musicians including residents from surrounding communities as well as Concordia students, faculty and staff.
Costs for ice cream, boxed dinners and water will range from $1 to $5. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs; a limited number of folding chairs will be available. For more information, contact Bethany Hein at 708-209-3555 or Bethany.Hein@CUChicago.edu.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
With more than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at www.cuchicago.edu.