Concordia University Wisconsin's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Louis A. Menchaca, will perform six concerts during a nine-day tour of New York and New Jersey churches and high schools in mid-January.

Their annual tour during Concordia’s Winterim session between semesters begins with a 7 p.m. concert at Martin Luther Chapel Lutheran Church & School in Pennsauken, New Jersey on Tuesday, January 15, and concludes with a Sunday morning worship service at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holbrook, New York Sunday, January 20.

Other concerts will be held at: Long Island Lutheran High School, Glen Head, New York, Thursday, January 17, 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, Brooklyn, New York, 7 p.m. that evening, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hicksville, New York, Friday, January 18, 7 p.m. and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Holbrook, New York, Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m.

“New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will mark the 36th, 37th and 38th states we’ve performed in,” said Menchaca. “These are all first time visits to those congregations, as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble continues Concordia’s mission of spreading the Gospel through music,” Menchaca continued.

Concerts will feature a mix of both sacred and contemporary wind band selections by composers Alfred Reed, Aaron Copland and Philip Sparke, along with transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s chorale preludes. The group has been touring domestically for 27 years and last January traveled to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with El Paso, Texas.

Concerts during the upcoming spring semester include:

Kammerchor, Sunday, April 7, 3:30 p.m., Chapel.

Jazz Ensemble and University Band, Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Chapel.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Chapel.

Chapel Ringers and Civic Chorale, Sunday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., Chapel.

Adult tickets for all concerts cost $8, with youths 17 and under admitted free. Tickets are always available for purchase at the door. For further information, please visit

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