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Wind Symphony and Kapelle to perform home concerts


Concordia University Chicago’s Wind Symphony and Kapelle will each perform post-tour concerts this fall in the Chapel of Our Lord on the university’s River Forest campus. Admission to both events is free.

The Wind Symphony concert will take place Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., following the ensemble’s tour of Illinois and Wisconsin. The evening will feature works by Alfred Reed, Rick Kirby, Moises Moliero and Bill Whelan, as well as a performance of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, a work inspired by hymns and sacred melodies. “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” by Eric Ewazen will feature CUC senior Adam Friedrich as the marimba soloist.

The CUC Wind Symphony 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. Fischer has been director of bands at Concordia University Chicago since 1974.

The Kapelle choral concert will be held the following day, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., at the end of their “God Is Love” tour of Iowa and Illinois. Music to be performed will include works by Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Pinkham, Pavel Chesnokov, David Hurd, Kevin Hildebrand, Heinrich Isaac, Rene Clausen, Eleanor Daley and Stacey Gibbs. The ensemble will also sing a new hymn, “On a Cross Uplifted High,” written and composed by Concordia-Chicago faculty members David Rogner and Jonathan Kohrs.

Kapelle is the premier choral ensemble at Concordia University Chicago, under the direction of associate professor of music and director of choral activities, Dr. Charles P. Brown. This select-voice choir tours annually throughout the United States and has traveled to Canada, the Baltic States, France, Russia and South America. Kapelle’s most recent international tour took them on cultural immersion trip through Poland.

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 Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.