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CUC Wind Symphony and Kapelle to perform free concerts on campus


The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m., following a tour of Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. The Kapelle will perform their home choral concert on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., following a tour of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky. The free concerts will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.

The Wind Symphony will perform “Methuselah II” by Masuro Tanaka, which features the percussion section, as well as “African Harmony (Songs from Mama Africa)” by Johan de Meij, commissioned by the Wind Symphony for their trip to South Africa last year. Other pieces played will be “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger and “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, among others.

The Wind Symphony maintains an active concert schedule, having performed in schools, churches and concert halls in 43 states, Canada, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. The ensemble 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 following night, the Kapelle will present “Fruit of the Spirit,” accompanied by organist Emily Woock. Other songs to be performed include “Cry Out, and Shout” by Knut Nystedt, “How Lovely Are the Messengers from St. Paul, Op. 36” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, “The Beatitudes” by Arvo Pärt, “God So Loved the World” by John Stainer and “Nada te Turbe” by Joan Szymko.

Conducted by Dr. Charles P. Brown, professor of music and director of choral activities since 2000, the Kapelle has reached audiences in Argentina, the Baltic nations, Canada, Chile, France, Poland and Russia, in addition to extensive touring throughout the United States. The Kapelle will be touring England and Scotland in May 2019. They were recently selected to perform a headline concert at the Illinois chapter of the American Choral Directors Association fall convention.

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.

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