The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m., following a seven-city tour of Florida. The Kapelle will perform their home choral concert on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m., following a tour of Maryland, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Both concerts are free admission, and will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.
The Wind Symphony concert program will include “A Hymn for Peace” by Kevin Day, featuring Brooke Hockemeyer on alto saxophone; “Highlights from Riverdance” by Bill Whelan, arranged by Johan de Meij; “Conga del Fuego Nuevo” by Arturo Marquez; “Meridian” by Ola Gjeilo and “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre, featuring Peter Stigdon on piano; and “Vulcan” by Michael Daugherty, featuring percussionists Adam Schweyer and Matthew Vukalovich.
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 March 20, the Kapelle will present their concert, “Created-Redeemed-Blessed.” This distinctive choral program’s theme will feature works by Howard Helvey, Alexander Kastalsky, Melchior Vulpius, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Stephen Caracciolo, Anne Krentz Organ, Elaine Hagenberg and Fred Gramann; and will highlight works by composers from Concordia University Chicago: Richard Hillert, Ben Culli and Jonathan Kohrs.
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 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. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure. Before attending this event, please review the University's COVID-19 webpage for the most current information and protocols. Both events will also be streamed online at CUChicago.edu/live.
For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060.