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Ninety-plus member Concert Winds presents Instrumental Invitational Festival

Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College’s Concert Winds hosts the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival with Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble Tuesday, Nov. 13.

North Central College’s Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music and Director of Bands Lawrence Van Oyen, will host the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wentz Concert Hall.

The annual event features the 92-member Concert Winds and local high school ensembles. This year’s guest band is the Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Lesniak ’99, who has served as an applied faculty member at North Central.  

DuPage Symphony Orchestra to thank North Central College at upcoming gala

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will acknowledge its fine arts partnership with North Central College during a gala fundraiser this weekend.

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will acknowledge its fine arts partnership with North Central College during a gala fundraiser this weekend.

An evening of festivities celebrating 25 years of the DSO under the direction of Maestra Barbara Schubert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Hyatt Hotel, Lisle. Musicians, DSO board members, patrons and community leaders will celebrate the changes and growth within the DSO during Schubert’s first 25 years as conductor and music director.

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.

Jazz icon Herbie Hancock to perform Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

Modern music marvel Herbie Hancock transcends music genres and limitations when he performs Oct. 29 at North Central College.

Herbie Hancock, the iconic jazz pianist and multiple Grammy Award-winner, will perform his eclectic take on modern music Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall as part of the first solo tour of his legendary career.

Hancock is a powerful influence in acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B music. His career spans five decades, his recordings have earned 12 Grammy Awards and he continues to amaze audiences with his energetic live performances.

Latin choir Schola Cantorum de Venezuela to perform Oct. 26 at North Central College

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the premier touring chorus of Latin America, comes to Wentz Concert Hall Oct. 26.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the premier touring chorus of Latin America, will perform Oct. 26 in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela is one of the most important choral societies to emerge as part of the growing choral movement in Latin America. The choir performs a broad range of works, and its repertoire includes works by Spanish, Italian, French and English Renaissance, contemporary Venezuelan and universal composers.

Yo-Yo Ma performs Oct. 1 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform a solo program of Bach music Oct. 1 in Wentz Concert Hall.

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma graces the stage of North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall Oct. 1 for a rare solo performance.

The acclaimed classical music envoy will perform selected works by Bach. Ma earned the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance in 1985 for “Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites.” His interpretations of Bach were the subject of a six-part film series, “The Cello Suites Inspired by Bach,” and in 1998 Ma released a second audio recording of Bach works based on the soundtrack of the film series.

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