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Concordia University Chicago’s University Band to perform Spring concert March 30


Concordia University Chicago’s University Band will perform its spring concert March 30, featuring a performance of “1812 Festival Overture” by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord, on Concordia’s campus, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Admission is free. Free handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.

The repertoire includes “First Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst; “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger; “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed; and “Yorkshire Ballad” by James Barnes. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Festival Overture.”

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

Conducted by Dr. Richard Fischer, the widely acclaimed University Band is an ensemble of 75 players. Membership includes Concordia students, as well as residents from surrounding communities and greater Chicago area. Literature is drawn from the finest traditional and contemporary repertoire.

In demand internationally as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Fischer was named to the “A Team” of University Professors by the Chicago Tribune in 1994. He has held positions with numerous professional organizations, including service as the communications director for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in preparation for the 1995 conference in Hamamatsu, Japan. Since 1989, Fischer has served as music director for Ballet LeGere’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet. For 18 years, he served as the assistant conductor of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest.

Bojes, assistant professor of music at Concordia, will provide concert commentary in an ongoing University tradition well received by audiences and ensemble. For more than 10 years, Bojes has volunteered as a “human program” introducing and describing each selection performed, incorporating insights to the music that resonate with a wide range of ages and making Chicago connections when they exist.

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