Big names headed to Naperville for North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine Arts Season

Jun 30, 2015

The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Jonny Lang and The Tenors are among stars headlining North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

Rodney Atkins, David Benoit, Canadian Brass, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Giordano Dance Chicago, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Jim Peterik & World Stage, David Sanborn and The Temptations are also among highlights of the upcoming season. Tickets for individual performances are on sale by calling the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469), online at or in person at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

“We work each season to bring our audiences the best artists in as many different genres as are available,” says Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. “We could not be more thrilled with the variety of well-known artists, the diverse spectrum of talent and the number of unique performances we are bringing to our audiences this season.”

Patrons may buy discounted tickets to five different series: Cabaret, Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and Performing Arts. Patrons may also create their own Á La Carte Series and buy seats at a 10 percent discount when purchasing tickets to five or more shows. Additional artists will be announced at later dates.

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. North Central College's venues include the magnificent Wentz Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by Talaske Sound Thinking.

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season includes the following performances:
The Temptations
Summer Performances
·    July 10-12, July 17-19: Summer Musical Theatre: “The Addams Family”
·    July 31-Aug. 2, Aug. 7-9: Summer Musical Theatre: “The Music Man”

Performing Arts Series
·    Sept. 26: 4 Girls 4
·    Nov. 21: A Tribute To Benny Goodman, The Julian Bliss Septet
·    Dec. 18: The Tenors
·    April 1: The Temptations
·    May 14: Rodney Atkins

Contemporary Series
·    Oct. 25: Jonny Lang
·    Nov. 7: Davy Knowles
·    Jan. 16: Jim Peterik & World Stage
·    Feb. 6: Jim Brickman
·    March 19: “I Am Ireland”


Classical Series
·    Oct. 3: Compañia Flamenca José Porcel
·    Dec. 6: Canadian Brass
·    Jan. 17: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
·    March 5: Giordano Dance Chicago
·    April 29: Moscow Festival Ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty”

Jazz Series (plus two jazz faculty performances)
·    Dec. 12: David Benoit
·    Feb. 27: Chicago Jazz Orchestra, “Duke Ellington’s First Concert of Sacred Music”
·    April 9: David Sanborn
David Benoit
Cabaret Series
·    Jan. 24: “Spider Saloff Sings Irving Berlin”
·    Feb. 14: Tammy McCann, “Ella Loves Gerswin”
·    March 6: Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, “That ’60s Show”
·    April 10: Marianne Murphy Orland, “Pet Project”
·    May 15: “Joan Curto Sings Cole Porter, From Major to Minor”

Other professional performances
·    Aug. 20-23: Organic Theater Company, “Tartuffe”
·    Oct. 3: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Tap In. Turn Up.”
·    Oct. 10: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Two Times Tchaikovsky”
·    Oct. 22: Peter Frampton, “Raw: An Acoustic Tour”
·    Oct. 31: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Halloween Concert”
·    Nov. 1: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Día de los Muertos”
·    Nov. 13: “Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond”
·    Nov. 15: The Doobie Brothers
·    Nov. 21-22: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Trio and Triumph”
·    Nov. 29: Theatreworks USA, “Frosty”
·    Dec. 10-13: Organic Theater Company, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”
·    Dec. 13: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Holiday Concert”
·    Jan. 17: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
·    Jan. 30: “Sinatra Forever: Salute to Frank Sinatra”
·    Feb. 13: Theatreworks USA, “Aesop”
·    Feb. 13: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Global Connections”
·    March 6: Theatreworks USA, “Skippyjon Jones Snow What”
·    March 10-13: Organic Theater Company, “The Good Doctor”
·    March 12: Chicago Sinfonietta, “BYOB: Bring Your Own Beat”
·    March 20: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, “Celebrate the Season”
·    April 3: Theatreworks USA, “Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move”
·    May 6-7: DuPage Symphony Orchestra and Naperville Chorus, “Opera Gala”
·    May 21: Chicago Sinfonietta, “Cosmic Convergence”
North Central College Chamber Singers
College musical performances
·    Sept. 18: An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis
·    Oct. 16: An Evening with Jazz Pianist Chris White
·    Oct. 23: Homecoming Kickoff Concert
·    Oct. 28: Honors Choral Invitational Concert
·    Nov. 17: Concert Winds Invitational Concert
·    Nov. 18: The Fall Great Evening of Jazz
·    Dec. 4: Third Annual Jazz Faculty Christmas Concert
·    Jan. 22: An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga
·    Feb. 5: Revenge of the Rhythm Section with Drummer Jack Mouse and Bassist Jim Cox
·    Feb. 6: 28th Annual Gospel Extravaganza
·    Feb. 12: Explore the Sound
·    March 1: Sounds of New Music Festival: Spektral Quartet
·    March 4: An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Bryant Scott
·    March 5: Chords for Kids: Concert For Children With Autism
·    March 10: Concert Winds and Symphonic Band: Winter Concert
·    April 1: An Evening with Jazz Vocalist Janice Borla
·    April 28: Chamber Singers, “Metamorphosis”
·    May 13: An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz
·    May 15: Women’s Chorale “Finale!” Concert
·    May 23: Concert Winds Final Spring and Alumni Concert
·    May 24: Cardinal Chorus Spring Concert
·    May 25: The Spring Great Evening of Jazz
·    May 26: Concert Choir Graduation Concert

College theatrical productions
·    Oct. 8-11: “A Streetcar Named Desire”
·    Oct. 21, 22, 24: “Wasteland”
·    Nov. 5-8: “The Light In the Piazza”
·    Jan. 7-10: “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
·    Jan. 28-30: “Fragments: A Theatrical Dance Experience”
·    Feb. 11-13: “The Cherub’s Mask”
·    Feb. 25-28: “Little Shop of Horrors”
·    April 21-24: “Late, A Cowboy Song”
·    May 5-7: “God of Carnage”
·    May 19-22: “Machinal”

Performance information is subject to change; visit throughout the season for updates.
North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by season supporters including the Naperville Development Partnership.

These upcoming performances are among many programs at North Central College that enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a 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 or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).