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CUC's Wind Symphony and Kapelle to perform home concerts


Concordia University Chicago’s premiere ensembles, Kapelle and Wind Symphony, will perform individual home concerts this fall at the River Forest campus. Admission to both events is free.

Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony concert will take place on Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. The program will feature soloist Jeremy Ruthrauff, adjunct professor of saxophone. He will perform Fantasia for Alto Saxophone by Claude T. Smith. Other works will include Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed; Galop from “The Comedians” by Dmitri Kabalevsky; Methuselah II by Masuro Tanaka; No Shadow of Turning by David Gillingham; Let the Amen Sound by Travis Cross and others. This concert follows Wind Symphony’s recent tour to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

The Wind Symphony is the premiere wind ensemble at Concordia-Chicago. It maintains an active performance schedule, having performed in schools, churches, and concert halls in 43 states, Canada, Eastern Europe and China. The Wind Symphony is conducted by Dr. Richard R. Fischer, distinguished professor of music, a River Forest resident in his 38th year as director of bands at Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Fischer is in demand internationally as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.


The Kapelle concert will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Kapelle’s repertoire includes the music of Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Dietrich Buxtehude, Thomas Gieschen, Felix Mendelssohn, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus and others. Dr. Steven Wente is the featured organist. This concert concludes Kapelle’s tour to Missouri and Indiana.

Kapelle is Concordia University Chicago’s premier choral ensemble. This select-voice choir tours annually throughout the United States and internationally every four years. Charles P. Brown, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, is the conductor. A member of the faculty at Concordia since 2000, Brown is a bass-baritone soloist specializing in Baroque oratorio music; he leads workshops and festivals throughout the country. A member of Chicago’s Grant Park Chorus, he has also sung with the Westminster Choir and Symphonic Choir under several distinguished conductors.

The Concordia-Chicago campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure on Bonnie Brae Street.

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