The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., following tour stops in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The Kapelle will perform their home concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., following a tour of Wisconsin and Illinois. Both concerts are free admission, and will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.
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.
The Wind Symphony’s concert program will include “Praise God, All Creatures” by Samuel Marquardt, written in celebration of Dr. Fischer’s 50th year at Concordia-Chicago, as well as “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed—the first piece Dr. Fischer conducted at his first concert at Concordia on Nov. 10, 1974. Guitarist Collin Pease, a CUC student, will perform the solo piece Prelude and Allegro BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
On Oct. 29, the Kapelle will perform “Kyrie” and “Agnus Dei” from Missa Secunda by Hans Leo Hassler; “Os justi” by Anton Bruckner; and “My God Is a Rock in a Weary Land” by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, among many other pieces.
Conducted by Dr. Charles P. Brown, director of choral activities, professor of music and Department of Music program lead, 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. Both events will also be streamed online.
For more information, visit the Music Department page or call 708-209-3060.