North Central College - Naperville, IL

Experience Spanish culture during annual Flamenco Festival

Chiara Mangiameli, featured flamenco artist at festival
During February, North Central College hosts its annual Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic music, dance, films and photography from Spanish culture.

During the month of February, North Central College will host the fifth annual Flamenco Festival that showcases the emotive, rhythmic music and dance from Spanish culture. Several events are planned—including dance classes, films, a lecture and photography exhibit. All are open to the public and most are free.

The Flamenco Festival presents the following events:

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.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Heroic and Hopeful” at North Central College

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra celebrates all that is America with “Heroic and Hopeful,” Feb. 12 and 13 at North Central College.

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will perform the multimedia concert “Heroic and Hopeful” Feb. 12 and 13 at North Central College.

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) celebrates all that is America with its centerpiece performance of the season, “Heroic and Hopeful.” Audience members will experience the diversity of traditions that have blended together as families and cultures have intertwined over the years. 

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.

 

Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 at North Central College

Jeri Lynne Johnson
Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 15 at North Central College.

Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 at North Central College.

Guest conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and music director of Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, joins Chen in leading the Sinfonietta in the performance, “The Journey, The Dream”—a selection of works that celebrate King’s pioneering fight for civil rights and his enduring legacy.

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.

Guest choirs perform Jan. 21 at North Central College’s 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza

A collection of choirs will perform rousing spiritual pieces Jan. 21 when North Central College presents its 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza.

A collection of choirs will perform rousing spiritual pieces Jan. 21 when North Central College presents its 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults, $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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.

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