The University Band of Concordia-Chicago will perform its spring concert on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord. The concert, which continues the celebration of conductor Dr. Richard Fischer’s 50th year at CUC, is free and open to the public.

university-band.jpegBruce Nelson, euphonium, will be the soloist performing “Wayfaring Strangers” by Robert W. Smith. The University Band will also perform Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij, featuring Cody Stocker as soprano saxophone soloist; “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach; “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed; “Song of Life” by Takatsugu Muramatsu; “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and “A Solemn Place” by Wayne Oquin.  Jean Harrison Bojes will provide commentary at the performance, introducing and describing each selection.

The University Band is composed of approximately 70 musicians, including residents from the greater Chicagoland area and CUC students. Dr. 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.

For more information, visit the CUC music department website or call 708-209-3060.