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North Central faculty, jazz vibraphonist Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20

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Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Stirtz will be joined onstage by other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty, which includes saxophonist Mitch Paliga, pianist Frank Caruso, bassist Jim Cox and percussionist Jack Mouse.

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.

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 northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

12-28-2011