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DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Rich and Resonant” at North Central College

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The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Metea Valley High School student Alex Yuill, winner of this year’s Young Artists Auditions, to the stage March 18 when the program “Rich and Resonant” is performed at North Central College.

The performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $28/adults, $25/seniors and $11/students; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Valet parking service will be available in front of Wentz Concert Hall for $7.

Yuill was judged first out of 24 applicants who auditioned at Wentz Concert Hall. Judges included Marie Bennett, lecturer of music and flute instructor at North Central College, DSO violinist Ana Colakovi and University of Chicago pianist Amy Briggs.

This is an annual competition hosted by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra with the goal of encouraging growth and exposure for young talent from DuPage and nearby counties. Yuill will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the DSO.

“Rich and Resonant” features music celebrating nationalistic expression, opening with Sibelius’s “Finlandia” followed by “New England Triptych” by William Schuman. Yuill’s solo completes the first half of the concert. The second half continues with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, focal point of the concert, and the continuation of a season-long celebration of some of the world’s most majestic and moving symphonic works.

The DSO will host a “Brownies with Barbara” event in Wentz Concert Hall on Friday, March 16, during the first half of the orchestra’s dress rehearsal. Along with watching the rehearsal, Maestra Barbara Schubert will discuss the musical program, as well as the challenges and purpose of certain rehearsal techniques. Guests will enjoy desserts provided by My Chef Catering and the opportunity to ask questions of orchestra members. Admission is free, though donations for adult attendees are accepted at the door.

Further information about this performance, the DSO season, and other DSO concerts and events is available by calling the DuPage Symphony Orchestra office at 630-778-1003 or visiting 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 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).