The University Band of Concordia University Chicago will perform its first concert of the season on Friday, Oct. 1. The free concert, which is the band’s first live, in-person performance since December 2019, will begin at 8 p.m. in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.

The evening’s program, titled, “We Missed You…and Each Other, Too,” will feature piano soloist Kuang-Hao Huang performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Commended for his “perceptive pianism” (Audiophile) and “playing that is sensitive and wonderfully warm” (American Record Guide), Huang is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist whose performances have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. An Oak Park resident, Huang serves on the music faculties of Concordia-Chicago and Roosevelt University.

Other works on the program include “Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew” by James Curnow, “March of the Trolls” from Lyric Suite Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg, and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. A rendition of “Amazing Grace” will honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to COVID-19, and “Armed Forces Salute” will be performed as a tribute to all who have served in the military. Jean Harrison Bojes will return to provide commentary, introducing and providing interesting facts on each piece.

The University Band comprises approximately 70 musicians, including residents from surrounding communities as well as Concordia University Chicago students, faculty and staff. Conductor Dr. Richard Fischer, distinguished professor of music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance, is in his 48th year as director of bands at Concordia-Chicago. In addition to his work at the University, 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. At this time, face masks are required for all individuals indoors.

For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060.