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North Central College ensembles ‘Explore the Sound’ Feb. 24

North Central College invites listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles in “Explore the Sound IV: Untraveled Worlds.”

North Central College presents “Explore the Sound IV: Untraveled Worlds” in identical Feb. 22 and 24 concerts that invite listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles and discover the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central to host free panel discussion Jan. 19 on making a living in the arts

Janet Bloch
North Central College invites aspiring artists and entrepreneurs to a free panel discussion Jan. 19 on “Making it in the Arts.”

Please note, the location of the panel discussion has changed to Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Jazz trombonist Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 in the Madden Theatre.

Trombonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Joel Adams” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Blanchet plays percussion in local musical

George Blanchet, lecturer in music
George Blanchet, North Central College percussionist and lecturer in music, plays percussion in Paramount Theater’s show “A Chorus Line” through Feb. 5.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, is playing percussion in the Paramount Theater production of “A Chorus Line” with performances through Feb. 5. The smash hit features music written by famed composer Marvin Hamlisch and boasts nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Blanchet has been teaching percussion at North Central since 1998 and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

 

North Central faculty, jazz vibraphonist Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the Madden Theatre.

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Eric Skov

After attending a concert by North Central’s jazz faculty, Eric knew where he wanted to study jazz.

“Their playing was amazing. When we talked after the concert, they were very personable and North Central felt like family from day one. The close proximity of campus to my home allowed me to continue teaching private lessons on weekends and stay connected to my family.”

Eric discovered his instructors were very passionate about their teaching. “They inspired me to go beyond what was asked and make the project something I truly cared about. I enjoyed the close connections with our teachers and seeing them perform. Here, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Teachers are approachable and understanding and become your friends and mentors.”

Eric plans to pursue a career as a professional musician. “I’m teaching guitar students in the area, playing gigs as much as possible and plan to move to Chicago and see what can happen.”

Taylor Martin

Performing, touring, conducting, composing. Taylor has done it all at North Central. He sang in two choirs, played bass in jazz ensembles, helped conduct the pit orchestra for a theatrical production and wrote a musical, which was staged as a student production.

“There are so many opportunities at a small school if you go after them,” says Taylor.

A highlight was a choir tour of Italy, during which he served as assistant conductor for performances in Vatican City, Venice, Siena and Florence. “I conducted a piece for the choir in three cathedrals where we performed. Those were very cool moments.”

Taylor also focused on composing, he co-founded a new ensemble that performs original student compositions. “Composing gives you a whole new perspective,” he says.

But he knows in his heart where his career is headed. “I had an epiphany my junior year that I want to pursue choral conducting as a career,” so he’s looking toward graduate school.

Jazz faculty are featured artists in new CD

Jazz pianist Dan Haerle
The Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of North Central College jazz faculty and clinicians, released “Aspiration,” showcasing 13 compositions by pianist Dan Haerle.

The Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of North Central College jazz faculty and clinicians, has released its third CD, “Aspiration,” showcasing 13 original compositions by pianist Dan Haerle. Bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse are also part of the group and featured artists on the album. The trio has been playing together for more than 30 years.  

150 Moments: Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center

Pfeiffer Hall interior, 1926
North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center are fine and performing arts gems spanning two centuries.

North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center are fine and performing arts gems of both the 20th and 21st centuries.

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