October 18, 2008, was a day of historical significance for North Central College, as faculty, trustees, donors, alumni, student performers and community guests witnessed the official dedication of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. The formal procession was accompanied by “Joyful Noise,” original music for the occasion composed by Stephen Sturk ’72.
“We are here to dedicate a magnificent facility that boldly asserts that even in the darkest of times—or perhaps, most specially in those times—artists and the arts are critical to our humanity,” said President Harold Wilde to an audience of nearly 150 student performers and 600 guests.
The occasion was marked by the awarding of North Central College Fine Arts Medals to people who played a significant role in the completion of the facility. Each recipient came to the stage to receive an engraved medallion.
Like the Kennedy Center Honors program, musical performances celebrated the accomplishments of the honorees. A highlight for the audience was Brian Lynch, fine arts director, singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables for Dr. Myron Wentz. A similar program for additional Fine Arts Medal honorees took place on the evening of the Gala Opening Concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on November 15.
“We are here because of the students who for 147 years have been the reason for this College’s existence; and the wider community of Naperville, whose long, reciprocal relationship with Naperville’s College has lifted us both to national distinction,” added Wilde.
A long red ribbon was draped from the balcony as Wentz and the Fine Arts honorees stepped forward to officially cut the ribbon. It marked the beginning of great things to come.
View a photo gallery of the event on North Central's photo blog.
Annual Report 2008