Concordia University Chicago’s University Band presents their annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The free, festive performance will be held in the Chapel of Our Lord on campus.

Pieces performed that evening will include “The Holly and the Ivy” by Chip Davis, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, “A Christmas Intrada” by Alfred Reed, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” arranged by James Swearingen. Peter Pohlhammer will narrate “The Night before Christmas,” followed by a sing-along of “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Steven Reinecke. Jean Harrison Bojes will provide commentary on the performances, introducing and describing each selection.

The University Band comprises approximately 70 musicians, including residents from surrounding communities and Concordia University Chicago students, faculty and staff. Dr. Richard Fischer, distinguished professor of music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance, founded the University Band in 1993 and conducts the ensemble. In addition to his work at Concordia-Chicago, he is in demand internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, presenter and adjudicator.

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.

For more information, visit or call 708-209-3060.