North Central College - Naperville, IL

Music ensembles ‘Explore the Sound’ Feb. 23

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

Feb. 18, 2011—North Central College presents “Explore the Sound III,” a Feb. 23 concert that invites listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles and discover the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

Ensembles will perform in every possible location—from the side balconies, aisles, sound chambers, side stairways, loft, stage and more. “Explore the Sound III” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The program will feature the College’s 45-voice Women’s Chorale and the 17-voice mixed Chamber Singers—both under the direction of Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music—and the 55-voice Cardinal Chorus, under the direction of Jacqueline Schutt.

These choral ensembles are joined by the Flute Choir, directed by Marie Bennett; the String Ensemble, directed by Mara Gallagher; and piano selections by faculty members Barbara Vanderwall and Jon Warfel. Additional guests are faculty member Dan O'Connell on french horn and students Brian Riordan and Tayor Martin on percussion.

“The focus of Explore the Sound is a seamless performance of a wide variety of choral and instrumental music, performed from virtually every nook and cranny in Wentz Concert Hall,” Wis says. “With theatrical lighting and unusual staging, Explore the Sound is more of a sound and visual experience than a traditional concert.”

Highlights of this year’s program include a performance of H. Garrett Phillips’ “Odysseus and the Sirens,” a mostly wordless piece with the feel of a film score evoking the mythological story of the sirens of the sea that lured sailors to their death; Marcos Leite’s “Tres Cantos Nativos,” using voices and body percussion to depict tropical sounds; “Jai, Ho!” featured in the film “Slumdog Millionaire”; “Toccata,” an original commission written for the String Ensemble by visiting composer-in-residence Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky; and “Forest Pipings” for Flute Choir, designed to be performed surrounding the audience.  

North Central College offers undergraduate programs of study in music, jazz studies and music education in choral and instrumental. Students take a combination of core music classes, private lessons, ensembles and other classes suited to their area of specialization or interest. For more information about the College’s music program visit

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).