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Concordia-Chicago Patriotic Pops Concert to feature outstanding local middle school musicians


The University Band of Concordia-Chicago will perform its annual Patriotic Pops Concert on June 25 on the university campus, celebrating community and country with timeless music while honoring service men and women.

The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m., with concessions opening at 5:30 p.m., on the Addison Hall lawn, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Werner Auditorium. Admission is free. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Place.

For the first time ever, six talented graduating eighth-grade musicians from River Forest will join the University Band for the concert. Three students from Roosevelt Middle School and three students from Grace Lutheran School will attend every rehearsal and play with the University Band for the full concert.

Jean Harrison Bojes will provide commentary and introduce each of the middle school musicians. Each year, Bojes introduces the repertoire and provides interesting facts on each piece performed.

Selections for the evening will include music from “West Side Story” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as well as patriotic favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “America the Beautiful.” Soloists for the evening will be Bruce Nelson on euphonium, and Annie Grapentine, Paul Gruenwald and Kevin Zorena on trumpet.

The University Band comprises approximately 70 musicians, including residents from surrounding communities as well as Concordia University Chicago students, faculty and staff. Dr. Richard Fischer, distinguished professor of music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance, conducts the ensemble. Fischer has been director of bands at Concordia-Chicago since 1974.

Costs for ice cream, boxed meals and water will range from $1 to $5. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs; a limited number of folding chairs will be available. For more information, contact Erin Verpil at 708-209-3555 or