North Central College - Naperville, IL

College celebrates Sounds of New Music Festival April 11-12

Bang on a Can All-Stars, photo by Pascal Perich/Julien Jourdes
North Central College celebrates contemporary classical music with two distinguished groups during its annual Sounds of New Music Festival April 11-12.

North Central College celebrates contemporary classical music during its second annual Sounds of New Music Festival April 11-12. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and Bang on a Can All-Stars.

North Central College hosts “Chords for Kids” concert March 10 for children with autism

North Central College will host “Chords for Kids,” the sixth annual free concert for children with autism and their families March 10.

North Central College on March 10 hosts “Chords for Kids,” the sixth annual free concert for children with autism and their families.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Wheelchair seating is available. Patrons are asked to RSVP before March 9; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs March 9 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Mitch Paliga performs March 9 in the Madden Theatre.

Saxophonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Mitch Paliga performs March 9 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Self-Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 24-25 helps careers of aspiring artists

Participants will learn how to run their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25 during North Central College's Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

College and high school students, educators and adults who aspire to be self-employed artists will gain valuable information about running their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25, 2012 when North Central College hosts the 12th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

North Central College ensembles ‘Explore the Sound’ Feb. 24

North Central College invites listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles in “Explore the Sound IV: Untraveled Worlds.”

North Central College presents “Explore the Sound IV: Untraveled Worlds” in identical Feb. 22 and 24 concerts that invite listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles and discover the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central to host free panel discussion Jan. 19 on making a living in the arts

Janet Bloch
North Central College invites aspiring artists and entrepreneurs to a free panel discussion Jan. 19 on “Making it in the Arts.”

Please note, the location of the panel discussion has changed to Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Jazz trombonist Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 in the Madden Theatre.

Trombonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams performs Feb. 10 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Joel Adams” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 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.

Blanchet plays percussion in local musical

George Blanchet, lecturer in music
George Blanchet, North Central College percussionist and lecturer in music, plays percussion in Paramount Theater’s show “A Chorus Line” through Feb. 5.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, is playing percussion in the Paramount Theater production of “A Chorus Line” with performances through Feb. 5. The smash hit features music written by famed composer Marvin Hamlisch and boasts nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Blanchet has been teaching percussion at North Central since 1998 and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

 

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

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the Madden Theatre.

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.

Eric Skov

After attending a concert by North Central’s jazz faculty, Eric knew where he wanted to study jazz.

“Their playing was amazing. When we talked after the concert, they were very personable and North Central felt like family from day one. The close proximity of campus to my home allowed me to continue teaching private lessons on weekends and stay connected to my family.”

Eric discovered his instructors were very passionate about their teaching. “They inspired me to go beyond what was asked and make the project something I truly cared about. I enjoyed the close connections with our teachers and seeing them perform. Here, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Teachers are approachable and understanding and become your friends and mentors.”

Eric plans to pursue a career as a professional musician. “I’m teaching guitar students in the area, playing gigs as much as possible and plan to move to Chicago and see what can happen.”

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