*NOTE The Jazz Band concert, originally scheduled for Nov. 16, has been cancelled due to exposure with a positive COVID-19 case outside of the campus community. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to performing again in the spring.
Concordia University Chicago is proud to present four live-streaming concerts this month. The Wind Symphony will perform their fall concert on Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.; the Chamber Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; the Kapelle will perform their fall choral concert on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; and the Jazz Band will perform Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. All concerts will be free to view via CUChicago.edu/live and Facebook Live.
The Wind Symphony will perform a variety of works on Nov. 13, including “Fanfare and Hymn: A Mighty Fortress” by Jay Bocook, “Heaven’s Morning Breaks (Abide with Me)” by Brooke Pierson, “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2” by Georges Bizet.
The Wind Symphony has performed in schools, churches and concert halls in 43 states, Canada, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. They have played major concerts at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Meyerson Center in Dallas, the Weidner Center at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee, the Saginaw Civic Center, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Richard R. Fischer, distinguished professor of music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair in Music Performance. Fischer has been director of bands at Concordia University Chicago since 1974.
CUC’s Chamber Orchestra, which presents its fall concert on Nov. 14, is the only such ensemble among the sister schools in the Concordia University system. It covers a wide range of symphonic repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music and collaborates regularly with the University’s choirs for large choral works. Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Maurice Boyer, professor of music at Concordia-Chicago.
On Nov. 15, the Kapelle will present a program that spans five centuries, including “Non moriar sed vivam” by Martin Luther, “What Are These That Are Arrayed in White Robes?” by John Stainer, Harry T. Burleigh’s arrangement of “My Lord, What a Mornin’,” and “Oh, What a Beautiful City” arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs, among other pieces. “Deep River: A Prelude for Madeline” by Gerald Near, will be performed by Steven Wente, distinguished professor of music and organist to CUC’s Chapel of Our Lord.
Conducted by Dr. Charles P. Brown, professor of music and director of choral activities since 2000, the Kapelle is Concordia University Chicago’s premier choral ensemble, performing repertoire ranging from Renaissance to contemporary music. Known for delivering beautifully sung, thematic programs, the students spread the Gospel message to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since 2003, the Kapelle has traveled to Argentina, Canada, Chile, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Scotland.
Concordia-Chicago’s Jazz Band, presenting their concert Nov. 16, provides students with experience performing music by a range of composers and arrangers from the big bands of the past to contemporary artists in the 21st century. Members often have the opportunity to play with guest performers who are leading musicians in the field of jazz. The band performs at functions both on and off campus and is conducted by Kirk Garrison, adjunct professor of music at CUC.
The virtual concerts are one of the ways Concordia University Chicago is bringing the arts, including music and theater, to the community as the pandemic continues to affect campus life. For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060.