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Annual Pops Concert set for June 23


Honoring service men and women, while celebrating community and country with timeless music and ice cream novelties, the University Band will perform its eighth annual Patriotic Pops Concert and Ice Cream Social June 23.

The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m., with concessions opening at 5:30 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 visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.

"The University Band’s summer concert provides an outdoor setting with 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 soloist Julie Hinz, Concordia-Chicago theater manager, will perform along with the band.

The repertoire will feature popular and patriotic music in anticipation of the Fourth of July, including John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Also being performed is the end portion of Tchaikovsky’s “The 1812 Overture.”

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 70 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


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.

Concordia University Chicago was named as the second fastest growing campus among private nonprofit master’s institutions nationally by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Almanac Edition. For the third consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at

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