This beloved annual tradition showcases the very best of Concordia University Wisconsin Music Department’s talented instrumental ensembles.

It’s that time of year again—time for the CUW Music Department to open its concert season with the annual fall “Pops” concert, featuring performances by the University Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Elizabeth Bredman, featured soloist
  • Friday, October 28, 2022
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Chapel of Christ Triumphant (on the CUW Campus)

“What we love about the Pops Concert tradition is that it covers such a wide breadth of music, including classical, jazz, and pop,” said Dr. Louis Manchaca chair of the Music Department. “This year’s program will include everything from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’ to selections from ‘Encanto’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ to songs by Lady Gaga and The Beatles.” Among the highlights will be a featured marimba solo by senior music major Elizabeth Bredman.”

Music Program

University Band

University Band

  • Concertino for Marimba and Winds (Alfred Reed)
  • Selections from “Encanto” (Lin-Manuel Mirando, arr. Paul Murtha)
  • Selections from “The Greatest Showman” (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, arr. Paul Murtha)

Director: Mrs. Johanna Anderson

Jazz Ensemble

  • Cold Duck Time (Eddie Harris, arr. Baylock)
  • Blue Tiger (Erik Morales)
  • The Blues Walk (Clifford Brown, arr. Murtha)

Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca

String Orchestra

  • Carnival Overture (antonin Dvorak, arr. Gruselle)
  • Lady Gaga Hit Mix (arr. Larry Moore)
  • Get Back (Lennon and McCartney, arr. Larry Moore)

Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Four Dances from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein, arr. Ian Polster)
  • The Symphonic Duke (arr. Tommy Newson)
  • Entry of the Gladiators (Julius Fucik)

Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca

Ticket information and live streaming

Current CUW students, faculty, will be admitted free with a valid CUW ID. Tickets for the general public are $10 and can be purchased here:

All sales will continue to be cashless this year. Tickets will be available at the door; please be prepared to use a credit/debit card at the ticket table. Guests 12 years of age and younger are allowed free entry.

If you are not available to attend the concert in person, we encourage you to view the live stream. Please note that the live stream can only be viewed live; it will NOT be recorded due to copyright issues. To view the live stream click the link below or go to

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Since 1881, Concordia University’s mission has been teaching and preparing students for careers and vocations that serve The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Music has always been an integral part of that mission. To learn more about how the Music Department contributes to the spiritual, cultural, artistic, academic and co-curricular aspects to University life on campus, click on a link below.