North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs Oct. 21 in Wentz Concert Hall

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Aug. 25, 2010—Music lovers will enjoy one of the world’s foremost symphony orchestras in a world-class venue Oct. 21 when The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert will feature internationally renowned violinist Gil Shaham as guest conductor. Shaham, who will perform as well as conduct, makes his debut as a conductor with the CSO this season.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in North Central's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $150 and $125; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Though the CSO tours the world extensively, only five performances outside Chicago are part of its 2010-2011 season: three at New York’s Carnegie Hall, one at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Oct. 21 performance at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall as part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend celebration and 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season.

“Two years ago in our inaugural season, only 605 people had the chance to hear the greatest symphony orchestra in the world in the intimate, acoustically perfect setting of Wentz Concert Hall,” says Brian Lynch, North Central’s fine arts director. “Patrons won’t want to miss their chance this season for what will be one of the most memorable musical events of a lifetime.”

Shaham and the CSO will perform Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Hartmann’s Concerto funebre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish).

The New York Times praised Shaham’s recent performance of the Mozart piece, saying, “Mr. Shaham’s playing was both sweet-toned and trim, every phrase crisply articulated and, in the first two movements, thoughtfully shaped. In the finale, which includes the Turkish dance rhythms and modal figures that earned the work its nickname, the demand is for zest rather than thoughtfulness, and Mr. Shaham gave it all the vigor it wants with no sacrifice in clarity or shape.”

Shaham performs regularly with the CSO as a violin soloist and is internationally recognized as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging artists. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius and is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with celebrated orchestras and conductors. Shaham has recently appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Saint Louis Symphony orchestras, and outside the United States with the leading orchestras of Rome, Florence, Birmingham, Prague, Paris and London. Among his more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs are a number of best-selling recordings that have earned prestigious awards including multiple Grammys.

This season marks the debut of Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as the 10th music director of the CSO, which was founded in 1891. Muti has conducted most of the important orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. Muti’s predecessors as CSO music directors include Daniel Barenboim and Sir George Solti.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

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