North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns for May 19 concert in Wentz Concert Hall

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform May 19 at North Central College, marking the CSO’s third appearance in the College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $150 and $125; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The performance by the 80-piece CSO concludes North Central College’s stellar 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season, which featured performances by such legends of classical, jazz and rock music as Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock and The Beach Boys.

The evening’s program under the direction of renowned conductor Jaap van Zweden will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony for Strings and Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto featuring acclaimed soloist Gene Pokorny.

Amsterdam-born van Zweden is among today’s most sought-after conductors. He serves as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. He began his conducting career in 1995 at age 19. He has worked with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Philharmonic, and appeared at the BBC Proms, and the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals.

Pokorny occupies the Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair (endowed by Christine Querfeld) in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed to the position by Sir Georg Solti in 1988 and began playing full time with the orchestra the following year. He is a native of Southern California, where he studied tuba with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo. After attending the University of Redlands and graduating from the University of Southern California, he played in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His work is featured on the soundtrack of such films as “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive.”

A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras since its founding in 1891. Riccardo Muti, one of the world’s most celebrated maestros, began his tenure as the 10th music director of the CSO in September 2010, and the eminent composer-conductor Pierre Boulez continues his service as Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus. The CSO performs more than 150 concerts each year at its home, Symphony Center, and in summer residency at the Ravinia Festival. Since 1971, the CSO has undertaken 37 overseas tours: 28 to Europe, six to the Far East, as well as one each to Russia, Australia and South America. Bank of America is the global sponsor of the CSO. Visit to learn more.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at the College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the community. The College 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).