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North Central unveils star-studded 2010-2011 fine arts season

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

June, 2010—A star-studded lineup of classical, jazz and contemporary artists fills the 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season at North Central College.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli, Blues Traveler, Ramsey Lewis, Rachel Barton Pine, the Vienna Boys Choir, David Sanborn and Del McCourey with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are just a few highlights of North Central College’s most sensational season to date.

“We are thrilled to bring as broad a scope of talent to Naperville,” says Brian Lynch, fine arts director. “Between the return of the greatest symphony orchestra in the world—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—one of the finest Christian groups on the circuit today—MercyMe—the amazing combination of Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plus one or two surprise artists we’re not able to announce until later in the season, we know we have something to please every fine arts-loving audience member.”

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which performed in Wentz Concert Hall when the Fine Arts Center opened in October 2008, returns on Oct. 21 as part of the College’s sensational Homecoming celebration. Homecoming weekend includes two shows by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, a family-friendly staging of the beloved children’s story “Charlotte’s Web,” a Homecoming Concert featuring performances by the College’s student ensembles, and an original theatrical production, “Legends of Sleepy Hallow,” based on Washington Irving’s classic suspenseful tale.

Patrons may purchase discounted preferred seating for five shows in each of the Performing Arts, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary and A la Carte Series. Series ticket packages are available now. The A la Carte Series allows patrons to choose their seats at a reduced rate when purchasing tickets to five or more shows in any series or additional events.

Ticket for series and individual shows are now on sale. Call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit to buy tickets.

The new Contemporary Series features five popular artists: Boyz II Men, Blues Traveler, Eddie Money, Rachel Barton Pine with Earthen Grave and the Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik.

Family-friendly shows include “Charlotte’s Web,” “Ferdinand the Bull,” “A Christmas Carol,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Click, Clack, Moo.”

North Central College’s student and faculty musicians, actors and artists will be featured in numerous events, and the season includes a full schedule of exhibits planned for the College’s three art galleries.

USG Corporation is underwriting sponsor of the 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season. Additional sponsors include Grant Thornton and Harris Private Bank (Chicago Jazz Orchestra), J.P. Morgan Chase (Will Barnett Exhibit), Bulley & Andrews LLC (Arient Family Collection), and Nicor and Sara Lee (Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month performances).

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance is supported with a global sponsorship by Bank of America with additional sponsorships by Water Street, Marquette Companies, Ryan Hill Realty, Casa by Charleston and The Ponds of Naperville. The 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season also is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season includes the following shows:

Professional musical events and performances

· Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites, 8 p.m. July 17 and July 19-23, Wentz Concert Hall
· David Sanborn, 8 p.m. July 31, Wentz Concert Hall
· LeAnnRimes, 8 p.m. Sept. 18, Pfeiffer Hall (Performing Arts Series)
· Jerry Hahn, 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Wentz Concert Hall

· Boyz II Men, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Pfeiffer Hall (Contemporary Series)
· Sol y Canto, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Pfeiffer Hall
· Charlie Haden, 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Wentz Concert Hall (Jazz Series)
· Ethan Bortnick and his Musical Time Machine, 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Wentz Concert Hall
· MercyMe, 8 p.m. Oct. 9, Pfeiffer Hall
· Blues Traveler, 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Pfeiffer Hall
· Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Wentz Concert Hall
· Frankie Valli, 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Pfeiffer Hall
· Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, Wentz Concert Hall (Classical Series)
· Jigu! Thunder Drums of China, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Pfeiffer Hall (Performing Arts Series)
· Cirque Mechanics “Boom Town,” 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Pfeiffer Hall
· Ramsey Lewis, 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Wentz Concert Hall (Jazz Series)
· Four Freshmen, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Wentz Concert Hall (Jazz Series)
· “A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit,” 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Wentz Concert Hall
· Chicago Sinfonietta, 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Wentz Concert Hall (Classical Series)
· Chicago Chamber Musicians, 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Wentz Concert Hall
· Gospel Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Pfeiffer Hall
· Spider Saloff, 6 p.m. Jan. 23, Madden Theatre
· Ensemble Galilei and Neal Conan: A Universe of Dreams, 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Wentz Concert Hall (Classical Series)
· Andreas Klein with Cuarteta Casals, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Wentz Concert Hall (Classical Series)
· “Reel Love: An Evening of Hollywood Romance,” 6 p.m. Feb. 13, Madden Theatre
· Jason Vieaux, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Wentz Concert Hall
· Vienna Boys Choir, 6 p.m. March 6, Wentz Concert Hall (Classical Series)
· Richard Elliot, 8 p.m. April 2, Wentz Concert Hall (Jazz Series)
· North Central College Jazz Faculty, 8 p.m. April 8, Wentz Concert Hall (Jazz Series)
· Eddie Money, 8 p.m., March 11, Pfeiffer Hall
· American Legacies: the Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 8 p.m. April 16, Pfeiffer Hall (Performing Arts Series)
· Rachel Barton Pine with Earthen Grave, 8 p.m. April 29, Pfeiffer Hall (Contemporary Series)
· Rachel Barton Pine, 8 p.m. April 30, Wentz Concert Hall
· Anonymous 4, 8 p.m. May 6, Wentz Concert Hall
· The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik, 8 p.m. May 21, Pfeiffer Hall (Contemporary Series)

College musical events and performances
(All performances take place in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center.)

· Homecoming Concert, 8:30 p.m., Oct. 22
· Choral Invitational, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27
· Concert Winds Invitational, 8 p.m., Nov. 16
· Great Evening of Jazz, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17
· Explore the Sound III, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23
· Concert Choir, 3 p.m., March 13
· “Chords for Kids: Concert Winds Concert for Children with Autism,” 8 p.m., March 13
· North Central College Jazz Faculty, 8 p.m. April 8 (Jazz Series)
· North Central College Concert Winds Concert, 8 p.m., April 28
· Cardinal Chorus, 7:30 p.m. May 11
· North Central College Great Evening of Jazz, 7:30 p.m., May 18
· North Central College Women’s Chorale Finale Concert, 7:30 p.m., May 19
· North Central College Concert Winds, 8 p.m., May 21
· North Central College Chamber Singers “Metamorphosis,” 7:30 p.m., May 25

Family Events
· “Charlotte’s Web,” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 24, Wentz Concert Hall
· “A Christmas Carol,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 4, Pfeiffer Hall
· “Ferdinand the Bull,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19, Pfeiffer Hall
· “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 19, Pfeiffer Hall
· “Click, Clack, Moo,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 7, Pfeiffer Hall

Professional theatrical productions
· “All in the Timing,” Organic Theater Company, 8 p.m. Aug. 19-21, 2 p.m. Aug. 21, Meiley-Swallow Hall
· “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” Organic Theater Company, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Meiley-Swallow Hall
· “The Naked King,” Organic Theater Company, 8 p.m. March 24-27, 2 p.m. March 26, Meiley-Swallow Hall

College theatrical productions
· “The Producers,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-7 and Aug. 13-14, 2 p.m. Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, Pfeiffer Hall
· “The Mousetrap,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16, Madden Theatre
· “Legends of Sleepy Hollow,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 p.m. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Meiley-Swallow Hall
· “Phantom of the Opera,” 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6, 2 p.m. Nov. 6-7, Pfeiffer Hall
· “Quake,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-8, 2 p.m. Jan. 9, Meiley-Swallow Hall
· “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13-15, Madden Theatre

· "Spike Heels," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12, Madden Theatre
· “The Wedding Singer,” 7:30 p.m. March 3-5, 2 p.m. March 6, Pfeiffer Hall
· “Phedre,” 7:30 p.m. April 28-May 1, Madden Theatre
· “Elephant’s Graveyard,” 7:30 p.m. May 12-14, 2 p.m. May 15, Meiley-Swallow Hall
· “Forever Plaid,” 7:30 p.m. May 26-28, 2 p.m. May 29, Meiley-Swallow Hall

Dance events and performances
· River North Chicago Dance Company, 8 p.m. Jan. 29, Pfeiffer Hall
· Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, Pfeiffer Hall

Art exhibits
Schoenherr Art Gallery:
· Heather Freeman, “Personal Demons,” Aug. 27-Sept. 26
· Dawson, Godie, Webster & Willis, “Say Rah! Chicago Self-Taught Art from the Arient Family Collection,” Oct. 1-Nov. 7
· Will Barnet, “Figurative Prints,” Nov. 12-Jan. 13
· Bob Nugent, “In Its Flow: New Paintings and Drawings of Amazonia,” Jan. 12-Feb. 20, 2011
· Guitar collection, Feb. 25-April 10, 2011
· Kevin Ramos, “Street,” April 15-May 15, 2011
· Randy Simmons, May 20-June 19, 2011
Oesterle Library Gallery:
· Chun Arthur Wang, “The Other Side of the Earth,” Sept. 5-Oct. 14
· Tom Gill, “Along the Illinois and Michigan Canal,” Oct. 17-Nov. 18
· Tom Linden, “Images of a Reality Suggested,” Nov. 21-Jan. 6
· Kesha Bruce, “(Re)calling and (Re)telling,” Jan. 9-Feb. 17, 2011
· Nancy Legner, “Whimsical Chapters of a Secret World,” Feb. 20-March 31, 2011
· Student Art Show, April 3-May 9, 2011
· Senior Art Show, May 15-June 16, 2011
· Morgan Ford, “Buying Beauty,” June 19-July 21, 2011

Additional information
Dates, venues and times are subject to change. For up-to-date information, visit

North Central Colleges arts and performance venues include: Wentz Concert Hall, Madden Theatre and Schoenherr Art Gallery, all at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.; Meiley-Swallow Hall theatre and art gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St.; Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave.; and Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. For more information on renting these and other North Central College venues, contact the Office of Community Development at 630-637-5560.

For ongoing North Central College fine and performing events updates, visit or call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays and one hour before each show at the performance location.