The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m., following tour stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The Kapelle will perform their home concert on Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m., following a tour of Washington, Oregon and California. Both concerts are free admission, and will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.
The Wind Symphony will perform works including “Joy in All Things” by Brian Balmages, “Aurora Borealis” by Rossano Galante and “Irish Suite” by Leroy Anderson. The evening will also feature the world premiere performance of “Ode to Joy” by William R. Brusick, a piece commissioned by the Wind Symphony.
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. They were invited to perform as the showcase ensemble for the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and 2019. The Wind Symphony is conducted by Dr. Richard R. Fischer, distinguished professor of music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair in Music Performance.
On March 19, the Kapelle will present their program “In Mercy, Lord,” performing works such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Du hirte Israel höre” and “Sicut locutus est”; “Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs” by Richard Hillert; and “Prayer of St. Patrick” by John Rutter. This year, Kapelle is honoring a century of concert choral music at Concordia-Chicago.
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.
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. Both events will also be streamed online.
For more information, visit the Music Department page or call 708-209-3060.