North Central College - Naperville, IL

Arts, Letters and More

...literature, theatre, art and music...

NEW Vital Capacities: A Poetry Jam
This musical entertainment, as the name implies, jams poetry and music together. Based on themes from Chicago literature and life, the show features a North Central College professor of English and his two musician sons. It rocks! Honorarium requested.*
Richard Guzman, professor of English and coordinator of the master of arts in liberal studies and master of arts in leadership studies degree programs
rrguzman@noctrl.edu 630-637-5280

Jazz and Culture
Learn about the meaning of jazz in American culture and its implications for a deeper understanding of America and its place in the world.
Richard Guzman, professor of English
rrguzman@noctrl.edu 630-637-5280

Math Combines Music and Art: Escher's Tessellations Can Help Us Understand Bach's Canons
M.C. Escher's wonderful tessellations are fascinating examples of the use of mathematical symmetry operations. This talk first explains the mathematics behind Escher and how the baroque canon form is created using exactly the same geometric transformations. Finally, we'll discuss Bach's visit to the court of Frederick the Great and the musical masterpiece that resulted. Can be adapted for students in grades 4-12.*
Richard Wilders, professor of mathematics
rjwilders@noctrl.edu 630-637-5234

The Lure of Grand Opera
An introduction to the exciting world of Grand Opera, a world of jealousy, sex, murder, saints and sinners - all set to some of the most beautiful music ever written. This lecture can be geared toward the complete novice or the more advanced aficionado.*
Jeordano Martinez, professor of music and director of the North Central College Opera Workshop
jsmartinez@noctrl.edu 630-637-5626

What to Listen for in Classical Music
Explains elements of classical music in terms the non-musician can easily understand.
Lawrence Van Oyen, associate professor of music
lgvanoyen@noctrl.edu 630-637-5628

Body and Mind in the Choral Rehearsal
For choral educators. Lecture/demonstration on the use of physical gesture and movement with choral singers to develop vocal skill and enhance musical understanding. Piano, speaking microphone, blackboard and (possibly) risers required.
Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland professor in the Fine Arts; professor of music; chairperson of art, music and theatre.
Available to speak or consult on music education/choral music issues and guest conduct area choral groups
rmwis@noctrl.edu 630-637-5629

Choral Rehearsal Design and Techniques
For music educators. Learn a rehearsal model and techniques which encourage development of thinking, creative choral performers while maximizing rehearsal time. Can be adapted to cover both choral and instrumental rehearsals. Piano, blackboard and (possibly) speaking microphone required.
Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland professor in the Fine Arts; professor of music; chairperson of art, music and theatre.
Available to speak or consult on music education/choral music issues and guest conduct area choral groups
rmwis@noctrl.edu 630-637-5629

Choir Performance
The North Central College Concert Choir is available for a limited number of evening engagements. The Choir performs a mixed repertoire ranging from traditional compositions to spirituals, folk songs and lighter fare. Because it is a 50-voice ensemble, it is appropriate primarily for larger venues. Piano required.
Jeordano Martinez, professor of music and director of the North Central College Concert Choir
jsmartinez@noctrl.edu 630-637-5626

*Audiovisual equipment needed; discuss with speaker