Acclaimed vocalist and Naperville resident Joan Curto performs selections from the Great American Songbook Feb. 26 at North Central College.
The performance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35 and $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
In a concert titled “No Tune Like a Showtune, the Music and Lyrics of Jerry Herman,” Curto pays tribute to the composer and lyricist. Born into a musical household, Herman began to pursue music full-time in the 1950s in addition to working on a number of off-Broadway revues. After making his Broadway debut, Herman became best known for the hit Broadway musicals “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles.”
Called a “cabaret icon” by NBC news Chicago, Curto has established herself as one of the top performers in Chicago, winning the Chicago After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. Garnering a reputation for her thoughtful interpretations of the American Songbook, she performs regularly at venues throughout Chicago, including Harris Theater, Drury Lane, Thorne Auditorium and Maxim’s, and nationwide at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and Gardenia in Los Angeles. The Chicago Tribune has praised Curto’s work, describing her as a “seasoned interpreter who makes every note count.”
Her most recent CD release, “May I Suggest,” is a collection of classic ballads, standards and new songwriters. She continues to explore the songs of both the classic and the New American Songbook and has been making appearances throughout Illinois and other parts of the country this year in concert and cabaret venues.
USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).