North Central College - Naperville, IL

Highlights from a lively calendar of events

Rebecca Skloot

Author Rebecca Skloot spoke at North Central as part of an Anderson’s Book Shop event about her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Lacks’ cells were used after her 1951 death for scientific research into in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping. The book required 10 years of investigation and was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books for 2010.

Peter Wexler’s “Theatrical Models”

The exhibit “Theatrical Models” allowed visitors to study theatre models and sketches by nationally renowned artist Peter Wexler (pictured with Trustee Robert Wislow ’67). The exhibit was held in Schoenherr Gallery. Wexler studied painting, photography and design at the University of Michigan’s School of Architecture Design, where he learned to create scenes, design costumes and work with stage lighting. His sketches, paintings, models and photographs are widely held in public and private collections.

Guitar Collections Exhibit

More than 60 Fender Stratocasters and Gibson Les Pauls, along with Flying Vees, Sunbursts, Hollowbodies and other guitars from the collections of Marguerite and Rich Waters and David Kelsch were displayed in Schoenherr Gallery in March. Kelsch is a North Central College trustee and Marguerite Waters is former dean of admission at the College. “We have attended concerts by each of the artists and our signed guitar collection is just one way to share fond memories with our children and friends,” said Marguerite Waters.

Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Bluegrass met up with the hot, lively jazz of New Orleans when “American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band” was presented in Pfeiffer Hall. Each band played a set independently, then joined together for an ensemble performance. The bands first played together in 2008 when Del McCoury traveled to New Orleans to record an album benefiting Preservation Hall’s outreach program for children.

New Music Festival 2011

North Central College hosted an inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12, featuring contemporary classical music. Chicago-based Dal Niente performed an eclectic program of American, European and South American composers. Renowned string quartet Brooklyn Rider (pictured left and above) presented a workshop with North Central music students as part of the festival.