North Central College - Naperville, IL

Naperville Chorus to perform “Messiah” in Wentz Concert Hall

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North Central College welcomes the Naperville Chorus and Naperville Festival Orchestra for a holiday performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s arrangement of George Frideric Handel’s best-known composition “Messiah” on Dec. 3.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The performance honors North Central College during its Sesquicentennial celebration. “Messiah” was presented on North Central’s campus in May 1922 by an Oratorio Association organized by faculty and their families. The group sang “Messiah” several times on campus in the 1920s, including dedication services for Pfeiffer Hall. Since then, several other groups have performed “Messiah” at the College, including the First Evangelical Church Choir, the Chapel Choir and North Central’s Festival Chorus.  

North Central College Professor of Music Jeordano Martinez will conduct the concert, which will feature solo performances by soprano Michelle Areyzaga, mezzo Tracy Watson, tenor William Watson and baritone Jeffrey Ray.

North Central College’s 2011-2012 Fine and Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Season and individual performance sponsors include USG Corporation, Navistar Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, Harris Bank, Grant Thornton, Nicor, Turner Construction, Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Ryan Hill Realty, Marquette Companies, Water Street Properties, Casa by Charleston and Hawthorne Credit Union.

This upcoming performance is among 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).