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Concordia-Chicago to host annual Patriotic Pops Concert and Ice Cream Social


Honoring service men and women, while celebrating community and country with timeless music, the University Band of Concordia-Chicago will perform its annual Patriotic Pops Concert on Saturday, June 23 on the University campus.

The free 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. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Place.

Returning for the second year as vocal soloist will be Keanon Kyles, who landed his first overseas opera role while working as a custodian at ABC 7 News. Kyles made his opera debut as Colliné in “La Boheme” with Kor Opera Productions, has performed in Trento, Italy as Betto in “Gianni Schicchi,” and recently performed in the world premiere of Floating Opera Company’s “War and Peace.”

The Patriotic Pops Concert will feature “God Bless America,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” from Willson’s “The Music Man,” a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Jean Harrison Bojes will provide commentary, introducing the repertoire and providing interesting facts on each piece performed. The evening will conclude with a patriotic sing-along and a salute to armed forces.

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 questions, call 708-209-3555 or email