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March 9 concert showcases North Central College jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga

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Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College presents an evening of jazz featuring the extraordinary talents of saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of the College’s acclaimed music faculty.

Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. According to Cadence Jazz Magazine, “Paliga is an interesting composer but he also may be the next great voice on the soprano sax.”

“An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga” begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Paliga has been playing saxophone since he was in high school. He switched to soprano saxophone in college and “found that this was my voice.”

“Moving to Chicago in 1990 has offered me many opportunities and experiences,” Paliga said. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, actor/musician Gary Sinise, Damon Short, Jo Ann Daugherty, Fred Simon, Deanna Witkowski, John Elmquist’s “Hard Art Groop” and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.

Paliga has a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. His first album as a band leader, “Blythe Moments,” is available through Visit to learn more.

North Central College jazz faculty are internationally known for their work as performers and recording artists. Visit to learn more about North Central’s jazz studies program and the College’s acclaimed music faculty.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

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).