Concordia University Chicago’s premiere ensembles, Kapelle and Wind Symphony, will perform individual home concerts this fall in the Chapel of Our Lord on River Forest campus. Admission to both events is free.
The Wind Symphony concert will take place on Friday, November 8, at 8 p.m. and will include works by Sousa, Ticheli, and Shostakovich, as well as selections from Symphony No. 1 by Johan De Meij entitled “The Lord of the Rings.” The “Lord of the Rings” selections include “Gollum (Smeagol),” featuring soprano saxophonist Jeremy Zimmer, and “The Hobbits.” The program also will feature Cynthia Fudala, principle flutist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and instructor of flute at Concordia-Chicago, who completed a concert tour of northern Italy in March. This concert follows Wind Symphony’s recent tour to Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Wind Symphony is the premiere wind ensemble at Concordia-Chicago, with a scheduled performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March 2014. 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 and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair in Music Performance, and a River Forest resident in his 40th year as director of bands at Concordia University Chicago.
The Kapelle choral concert will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. Kapelle’s repertoire celebrates the Church triumphant with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Hans Leo Hassler, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Felix Mendelssohn and Carl Schalk. They will also premiere a recently commissioned work by Walter L. Pelz as part of Concordia’s 150th anniversary celebration. Concordia-Chicago assistant professor of music Jonathan Kohrs is the featured organist. This concert concludes Kapelle’s tour to Indiana and Illinois.
The Kapelle is Concordia University Chicago’s premier choral ensemble under the direction of associate professor of music and director of choral activities, Charles P. Brown. This select-voice choir tours annually throughout the United States and has traveled to the Baltic States, Canada, France, Russia and South America. The Kapelle’s performance schedule includes singing at Concordia’s popular Lessons and Carols and collaborating with the Chicago Arts Orchestra in March and The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest at Symphony Center in Chicago next April.
The Concordia University 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.