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Women's Chorale, DuPage Symphony present joint concert Feb. 13

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The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of a classical music piece commissioned to commemorate North Central College’s three-year focus on global environmental change.

“Our Home, Our Earth” featuring the North Central College Women's Chorale will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The performance will feature the world premiere of James Falzone's “who, if not I?” commissioned for the occasion by the DSO and North Central College.

MacDowell's 'Indian Suite' and Ferde Grofe's “Grand Canyon Suite” will round out the evening’s program. Tickets are $28/adults, $25/senior citizens and $11/students; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Wentz Concert HallAs part of its academic mission, North Central College turns its attention to a particular global issue in order to examine it in the cultures of particular regions of the world. This year, the College continues a three-year-long series on global environmental change, focusing on North America. Several classes across the curriculum are devoting attention to this focus, while co-curricular events—including lectures, films, concerts and art exhibits—take place each term.

The College’s Office of International Programs, in collaboration with the Cultural Events Committee, commissioned Falzone to compose a musical piece with a focus on the climate change theme. Falzone is one of the Chicago area’s most noted clarinetists who served as a member of North Central’s music faculty from 2002 to 2008. Falzone incorporated into his composition a performance by the College’s Women’s Chorale, which is conducted by Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and chair of the music department.

This is the College’s second three-year series that links an important global concern to specific regions.

“Our hope is that, by making these kinds of connections, our students and faculty—as well as the community at large—can learn to better appreciate the dimensions of environmental change around the world and to learn from other cultures new and effective ways to develop solutions for problems we all share,” says jack Shindler, director of International Programs and professor of English at North Central.

In composing “who, if not I?” Falzone was inspired to set to music the text known as the “Mystery of Amergin,” an ancient poem of Celtic origin thought to be created by some of the first conquers of present-day Ireland.

“The music is intended to be almost liturgical in structure and speaks in both soft and forceful tones,” Falzone says. “My intention is to draw the listener into a meditation on their own existence and their relationship to the earth. It is not polemic nor propagandistic but contemplative. I'm not asking people to act—but to feel.”

In addition to the Feb. 13 concert, Falzone will perform and host the lecture, “who if not I: Creativity, Conscience and the Genesis of Ideas,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Koten Chapel at North Central’s Kiefhofer Hall, 329 E. School St., Naperville. The event is free and open to the public. Falzone also will be in residence at North Central on Feb. 11-12, visiting classes, speaking with students and attending rehearsals of the piece.

Falzone is equally at home in classical, jazz, improvised and various world music idioms. He has been featured on numerous public radio and television programs and has performed in concert halls, festivals and jazz clubs throughout North America and Europe. He is director of music and resident composer at Grace Chicago Church and teaches in the New Millennium Studies program at Columbia College Chicago. Visit for more information about Falzone.

Established in 1954, DuPage Symphony Orchestra provides volunteer orchestral musicians regular opportunities to exercise and develop their creative talents, increases the DuPage community's access to and appreciation for the full experience of fine art and preserves the vitality of high quality orchestral music through regular public performances. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Naperville-based Conservation Foundation on other events related to the “Our Home, Our Earth” performance. Visit for more information.

North Central College is firmly committed to ensuring that students, faculty, staff and the Naperville community develop knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences in both domestic and international settings. For students, an education at North Central includes a global dimension gained through proficiency-based language learning, course work, internships, person-to-person contacts, study abroad, and travel.

The College’s Office of International Programs provides services to both international students studying at North Central College. During the 2009-2010 academic year, there are 55 non-immigrant international students from 34 different countries studying at North Central’s Naperville campus, and 77 North Central students are participating in 27 study abroad programs in 16 countries.