Big names coming to North Central College for 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Jun 17, 2013

North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season offers chances to see many big-name entertainers in intimate settings.

Blood Sweat & Tears, Bill Cosby, Foreigner, Amy Grant, the Irish Rovers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, Wynton Marsalis, Richard Marx, Dave Mason, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Rogers, Jim Peterik and World Stage and Ben Vereen are among the highlights of the upcoming season. Tickets for individual performances are on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, by calling the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or by visiting

“We pride ourselves on bringing you the best variety of artists at the best possible prices in the best venues in the area,” says Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. “Buy early and buy often! The only way to be sure you can see some of our artists is to purchase tickets soon.”

Patrons may buy discounted tickets to seven different series: Á la Carte, Cabaret, Classical, Contemporary, Family, Jazz and Performing Arts. The Á la Carte Series allows patrons to choose their seats at a reduced rate when purchasing tickets to five or more shows in any series or additional events. Series tickets are available for sale to new subscribers beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31.

North Central College’s student and faculty musicians, actors and artists will be featured in numerous events, and the season includes a full schedule of exhibits in the College’s three art galleries. The College's venues include the magnificent Wentz Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by Talaske Sound Thinking.

North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season includes the following performances:

Summer Performances
·    June 28-30, July 5-7: “Jesus Christ Superstar”
·    July 12-14, 18-20: “Iolanthe”
·    July 21, 23-27: Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites
·    July 26-28, Aug. 2-4: “Peter Pan”

Performing Arts Series
·    Sept. 21: Stephanie Mills
·    Oct. 19: Blood, Sweat & Tears
·    Dec. 21: Kenny Rogers
·    March 29: Bill Cosby
·    April 12: Ben Vereen

Classical Series
·    Dec. 8: “The Sound of Christmas” featuring Elisabeth von Trapp and the Carolian Brass
·    Jan. 19: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
·    May 2: The Moscow Festival Ballet, “Cinderella”
·    May 10: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Jazz Series
·    Dec. 6: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
·    Feb. 1: The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band
·    Feb. 28: Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, “Straighten Up and Fly Right: Nat King Cole Tribute”
·    Sept. 20, Nov. 1, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, March 14, April 4 or May 23: choice of one “An Evening with North Central College Jazz Faculty” performance

Contemporary Series
·    Oct. 5: The Official Blues Brothers Revue
·    Nov. 17: Foreigner
·    Nov. 23: KC & the Sunshine Band
·    Jan. 18: Jim Peterik and World Stage
·    Feb. 23: The Irish Rovers

Cabaret Series
·    Dec. 15: Marianne Murphy Orland, Beckie Menzie and Laura Freeman, “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
·    Jan. 26: The Show Biz Kids featuring Becca Kaufman and Dick O’Day, “The Trailer Park of Cabaret”
·    Feb. 9: Suzanne Petri
·    March 2: Kathy Kosins
·    March 16: Spider Saloff, “Sondheim and Me”
·    April 6: Gregg Edelman, “Broadway State of Mind”

Family Series
·    Oct. 6: Griffin Theatre Company, “Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”
·    Dec. 14: Child’s Play Touring Theatre, “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”
·    Feb. 8: Theatreworks USA, “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Stories”
·    April 6: Theatreworks USA, “Seussical”
·    April 26: Theatreworks USA, “Henry and Mudge”

Other professional performances
·    Aug. 15-17: Organic Theater Company, “Caligula”
·    Sept. 15: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Emotion”
·    Oct. 12-13: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Diamond Anniversary”
·    Oct. 24: Amy Grant
·    Oct. 27: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
·    Nov. 1: Richard Marx
·    Nov. 9: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Dia de los Muertos”
·    Nov. 16: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Orchestra of the Year”
·    Dec. 12-15: Organic Theater Company, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”
·    Dec. 15: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Holiday Traditions”
·    Feb. 8: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “DSO By Request”
·    Feb. 22: Sounds of New Music Festival: The Fonema Consort
·    March 6-8, Organic Theater Company, “The Diviners”
·    March 8: ABBA Mania
·    March 15-16: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Broadway Spectacular”
·    March 22: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Global Dance Party”
·    April 26: Dave Mason Trio
·    May 3: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Diamond Treasures”
·    May 11: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Identities”

College musical performances
·    Oct. 25: Homecoming Kickoff Concert
·    Oct. 30: Honors Choral Invitational Festival
·    Nov. 19: Instrumental Invitational Festival
·    Feb. 20-21: Explore the Sound Concert Series
·    March 8: Chords for Kids
·    April 29: Chamber Singers Metamorphosis Concert
·    April 30: Concert Winds Return From Tour Concert
·    May 18: Women’s Chorale 20th Anniversary Concert
·    May 22: Concert Choir Graduation Concert
·    May 30: Opera Workshop
·    May 31: Concert Winds Final Spring and Alumni Concert

College theatrical productions
·    Oct. 10-12: “Speech and Debate”
·    Oct. 24-27: “Macbeth”
·    Nov. 7-10: “Into the Woods”
·    Jan. 16-19: “Somebody/Nobody”
·    Feb. 13-15: “The Importance of Being Earnest”
·    Feb. 27-March 2: “Urinetown”
·    April 24-27: “4.48 Psychosis”
·    May 8-11: “Iphigenia and Other Daughters”
·    May 22-24: “Erlkonig”

Performance information is subject to change; visit throughout the season for updates.
North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Season supporters include BMO Harris, Bulley & Andrews, Casa by Charleston, Grant Thornton, J.P. Morgan, Main Street Promenade, Marquette Properties, Nicor Gas, Ryan Hill Realty, Turner Construction Company, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve and Water Street Development.