Concordia’s Wind Symphony releases 12th CD
July 29, 2011—Concordia University Chicago’s premiere instrumental ensemble, the Wind Symphony released its 12th CD, “With Heart and Voice” on July 15.
The CD title was inspired by David Gillingham’s work “With Heart and Voice.” The recording also features the University’s Chamber Orchestra, Kapelle, Schola Cantorum, Männerchor and Laudate. In essence, the CD captures both the heart and the voice of those involved in creating the CD.
“I wanted to name the CD and record the work ‘With Heart and Voice” partly because it is such a powerful piece, but also because I love the words and imagery of the hymn text,” said Richard Fischer, DMA, a Concordia distinguished professor of music and conductor of the Wind Symphony.
Some of the other works on the CD include “They Led My Lord Away” by Fred Allen; “Be Thou My Vision” by Travis Cross; “Proclamation from Hymn Variants” by Alfred Reed; and “Thy Strong Word” arranged by Maurice Boyer, MM, assistant professor of music. In addition, Concordia’s Chamber Orchestra performs “Ouverture from ‘Masques et bergamasques’ by Gabriel Faure, and joins with the Kapelle to perform “O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht” by Johan Sebastian Bach.
“I always want to inspire ensembles to perform from the heart as we praise God with our voices and with our wind and percussion instruments,” Fischer said.
To order “With Heart and Voice,” contact the University Bookstore at 1-877-287-8833 or crfbookstore@CUChicago.edu.
Under the direction of Fischer, the Wind Symphony is Concordia University Chicago’s premiere instrumental ensemble and has earned an unparalleled reputation among small liberal arts institutions. The Wind Symphony has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and in schools, churches and concert halls in 43 states, Canada, China and Eastern Europe.
Committed to the finest traditional and contemporary sacred and secular repertoire, the Wind Symphony has commissioned and premiered numerous major wind compositions and recorded 12 internationally sold compact discs of sacred music that have received airplay on National Public Radio, Moody Bible Network, The Lutheran Hour and on classical stations across the country.
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.