Concordia University Chicago’s University Band will host their annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 10 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 “Adventum” by James Barnes, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, and music from the movie “The Polar Express” by Alan Silvestri and Gene Ballard, followed by a sing-along of “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Steven Reinecke. In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the band will perform “At Dawn They Slept” by Jay Bocook. 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. Per the state of Illinois, face masks are required for all individuals in attendance.

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