Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.
“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Joining Stirtz at this performance will be fellow North Central College jazz faculty Mitch Paliga (saxophone), Chris White (piano), Jim Cox (bass) and Jack Mouse (drums).
A native of Minden, Neb., Stirtz studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he earned a master of music degree in percussion performance.
Stirtz has taken his career around the world with concerts in Uganda, Trinidad and across the United States. He has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Ed Thigpen, Patricia Barber, Jerry Goodman, Dan Haerle and Fareed Haque, along with vocalist and fellow North Central jazz faculty member Janice Borla.
As a jazz/percussion educator, Stirtz has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Benedictine University, Northern Illinois University and North Central College. For more than 20 years he has been a member of the summer faculty at Birch Creek Music Academy in Door County, Wis., where he teaches jazz improvisation and playing techniques for international percussion instruments.
Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.