North Central College - Naperville, IL

Concert Choir travels Midwest during spring concert tour

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of PR, 630-637-5306

April 28, 2010--North Central College's Concert Choir will give a series of concerts during its spring tour May 12-16 to churches in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The 54-voice mixed choir will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary compositions, ranging from J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart to Eric Whitacre and Benjamin Britten, as well as favorite spirituals, folk songs and gospel selections.

The Concert Choir spring tour includes the following performances:

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. concert
Park Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Vermillion Street, Streator, IL 61364, 815-673-1526
Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. concert
St. John's Lutheran Church, 703 Third Avenue, Sterling, IL 61081, 815-625-2634
Friday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. concert
Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 608-837-5554
Sunday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. service and 3 p.m. concert
Community United Methodist Church Elm Grove, 14700 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, WI 53122, 262-782-4060.
Selected by audition, choir members come from states across the nation and represent most academic disciplines at the College, located in Naperville, Ill. The Concert Choir is conducted by North Central College Professor of Music Jeordano Martinez, with accompaniment by Associate Professor of Mathematics David Schmitz.

Since Martinez arrived at North Central in 1987, he has been director of choral activities and is widely recognized for his varied programming and inspired performances. Martinez also leads the Opera Workshop, teaches courses in music history and literature, and is music director the College's musical theatre productions. He has been recognized on two occasions by the College for distinguished teaching with Teacher of the Year awards and is also conductor of the Naperville Chorus, a 125-voice college-community oratorio chorus.

North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching"; as "a college for high-achieving students" by Peterson's Competitive Colleges; and as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.