The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., following a tour of Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. The Kapelle will perform their home choral concert on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m., following a tour of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The free concerts, which are the first live, on-campus performances for both ensembles since the fall of 2019, will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.
The Wind Symphony concert will feature senior Peter Stigdon on harp performing George Frederick Handel’s Concerto in B flat. Also on the program will be “Lux Perpetua,” a new work by Frank Ticheli; “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “Symphonic Dance #3” by Clifton Williams; “The Symphonic Gershwin” by George Gershwin, arranged by Warren Barker; “Dixieland Jamboree” by John Warrington; “Transcendent Journey” by Rossano Galante; and “Gavorkna Fanfare” by Jack Stamp.
The Wind Symphony maintains an active concert schedule, having performed in schools, churches and concert halls in 43 states, Canada, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. 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.
On Oct. 31, the Kapelle will present the world premieres of “Our Father” by Hywel Davies and “O Christ, Whom Now Beneath a Veil We See” by Benjamin M. Culli. Other performances will include “Tu pauperum refugium” by Josquin des Prez, the Lord’s Prayer from “Requiem” by Bradley Ellingboe and “Abide with Me” by Carl Schalk. Throughout the concert, the Kapelle will sing different stanzas of the hymn “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above,” tying the program together.
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 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 campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, 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. Per the state of Illinois, face masks must be worn by all individuals indoors. Both events will also be streamed online at CUChicago.edu/live.
For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060.