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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.

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.  

Chicago Chamber Musicians brass ensemble performs Dec. 9 at North Central College

Chicago Chamber Musicians brass ensemble performs classic holiday compositions Dec. 9, featuring North Central College President Harold R. Wilde as narrator.

North Central College President Harold R. Wilde will narrate when the Chicago Chamber Musicians brass ensemble performs some of the greatest holiday compositions Dec. 9 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. As a special holiday offer, all tickets for this performance are now $5; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Women’s Chorale announces raffle prize winner

Women’s Chorale announces raffle prize winner

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The Women’s Chorale has been raising funds during fall term toward its concert tour to Ireland June 12-19, 2012. The fundraiser—which included a raffle prize of a four-day, three-night trip to Paris for two—culminated in a drawing by Benna Wilde after the Homecoming Concert on Sunday, Nov. 13. The winner was Sharon Falco.

When the Women’s Chorale embarks on its second tour abroad, the ensemble will give performances in Dublin, Galway and Killarney and visit the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, the Ring of Kerry and the urban life of Dublin.



Music major in online audition for Queen Extravaganza

Music major Mac Willaert ’13 is finalist in talent search
Mac Willaert ’13, North Central College pianist, is finalist in round 2 of nationwide talent search for top musicians. View audition, vote for Mac Nov. 14-28.

Mac (James MacArthur) Willaert ’13, a music major and pianist at North Central College, is one of the finalists to make it to the second round of “Queen Extravaganza,” a nationwide talent search for America’s top young musicians. Legendary rocker Roger Taylor of Queen is assembling a band of rising musicians in honor of Queen’s 40th anniversary tour in 2012.

Celtic Woman performs holiday favorites Dec. 17 at North Central College

Irish musical sensation Celtic Woman will perform its famed holiday collection Dec. 17 at North Central College.

Celtic Woman performs its critically acclaimed holiday show “A Christmas Celebration—The Symphony Tour” Dec. 17 at North Central College.

The Celtic Woman performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $80, $70 and $65; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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.

Pianist Phil Fortenberry performs cabaret show Jan. 22 at North Central College

Piano soloist and improv artist Philip Fortenberry showcases a wide range of musical genres Jan. 22 at North Central College.

Pianist Philip Fortenberry will perform a cabaret-style show, titled “Give My Regards,” Jan. 22 at North Central College.

As a versatile piano soloist and improvisational artist, Fortenberry encompasses a wide range of musical genres, bringing a distinctive style of playing to his music. His entertaining interpretations of classical and popular favorites, along with new music created specifically for the audience in attendance, have garnered him critical acclaim as a must-see, must-hear and must-experience showman.

Choral Invitational Concert

Click here to watch how North Central's choirs share the stage and their expertise with visiting junior and high school choral students.
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