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Students star in theatrical production of Greek tragedy “Phedre”

Ali Ledbetter portrays the Greek queen Phedre.
North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

April 14, 2011—North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

French playwright Jean Baptiste Racine (1639-1699) published his best-known play in 1677 and based his work on the ancient Greek play “Hippolytus” by Euripides (484-406 BC). “Phedre” (pronounced FAY-druh) explores classic themes of forbidden love, deception, intrigue and power.

The legacy of Paul Warren Allen

The North Central College community remembers music professor, Paul Warren Allen

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2010)—Music professor Paul Warren Allen could be moved to tears by the beautiful sounds created by students in his choir at North Central College.

“I remember one Christmas he was conducting the choir singing Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The truth of the words gripped him and he had crocodile tears running down his cheeks,” recalls his daughter, Paula Billingsley.

New Music Festival features contemporary classical compositions

Brooklyn Rider
North Central celebrates contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12 and features Dal Niente and Brooklyn Rider.

March 9, 2011—North Central College will celebrate contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12.

The two-day festival will feature performances by contemporary music group Dal Niente and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. As part of the festival, acclaimed Russian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a member of the Silk Road Project and composer-in-residence at North Central College, will coach members of various area high school ensembles.

Students stage “The Wedding Singer” March 3-6

North Central seniors who are majoring in theatre will stage, direct, choreograph and present the classic romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer” March 3-6.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Music ensembles ‘Explore the Sound’ Feb. 23

“Explore the Sound III” brings together several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles for Feb. 23 performance in Wentz Concert Hall.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 18, 2011—North Central College presents “Explore the Sound III,” a Feb. 23 concert that invites listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles and discover the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

Concert Choir performs two shows with DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12-13

North Central College Concert Choir
Students will perform two concerts with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12 and 13.

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

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 14, 2011)—Students in North Central College’s Concert Choir will perform two concerts with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12 and 13.

“The Genius of Prokofiev” will include excerpts from the composer’s 1940 ballet masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” and will conclude with the powerful “Alexander Nevsky” cantata featuring the orchestra accompanied by the College’s Concert Choir and the Naperville Chorus.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Senior lands part in professional “Cats”

Tommy Rivera-Vega ’11 has landed the part of Rum Tum Tugger in a professional production of “Cats” opening Nov. 21 in Chicago’s Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

North Central College senior Tommy Rivera-Vega has landed the key part of Rum Tum Tugger in a professional production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” in the award-winning Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at Chicago’s No Exit Café. The show runs Nov. 21-Jan. 2.

A Tale of Two Christines

When North Central College double cast the role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera," nobody could have guessed a third actress would save the day.

Reflections by Brian Lynch, director of “The Phantom of the Opera”

An event happened this weekend with “The Phantom of the Opera” that needs to be shared. It’s a human interest story that reflects so beautifully on one very talented young lady and her willingness to help a fellow performer when she was down. That young lady is junior Lauren Smith.

"A Tale of Two Christines" ... the story behind "Phantom"

"A Tale of Two Christines" ... the story behind "Phantom"

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Reflections by Brian Lynch, director of “The Phantom of the Opera”:

An event happened this weekend with “The Phantom of the Opera” that needs to be shared. It’s a human interest story that reflects so beautifully on one very talented young lady and her willingness to help a fellow performer when she was down. That young lady is junior Lauren Smith.



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