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World-class artists, new pricing top 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts season

Jun 20, 2016

Thompson Square, Kevin Eubanks, “Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza,” En Vogue, and The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6 are among the shows headlining North Central College’s 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

“We have another wonderful lineup of world-class artists and a new and exciting way to offer tickets at the greatest possible savings,” said Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. “You pick the artists you want to see and create your own season ticket package, giving you the flexibility to mix and match artists.”

Patrons can select as few as three performances and receive a 10 percent discount off the total ticket price. Select any four shows for a 15 percent discount and any five or more shows for a discount of 20 percent.

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 performing arts venues span four grand halls, including the Wentz Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by Talaske Sound Thinking.

Tickets for these and all other performances go on sale Tuesday, June 21. Call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit or the box office at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The website will feature the new lineup on June 21.

North Central College’s 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season includes the following performances:

Rock and Country
•    Sept. 24: Josh Turner
•    Oct. 1: Richard Marx
•    Jan. 21: Thompson Square
•    Jan. 28: Jim Peterik & World Stage
•    March 26: Jo Dee Messina

Jazz, Blues, R&B
•    Oct. 16: Black Violin
•    Nov. 4: The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6 Present “The Summit”
•    Nov. 19: The Subdudes
•    Feb. 11: En Vogue
•    April 22: Kevin Eubanks

Theatrical and World Music
•    Dec. 8-11: Organic Theater Company “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”
•    Dec. 11: “Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza”
•    Dec. 17-18: Celtic Woman “Home for Christmas, The Symphony Tour”

•    Jan. 22: Lucia Spina
•    Feb. 19: Alyssa Allgood
•    March 5: “The Music Never Ends: Laury Shelley Sings Michel Legrand”
•    April 9: Mandy Boothe
•    May 21: Girls Like Us

Youth Audiences
•    Dec. 10: Child’s Play Touring Theatre “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”
•    Feb. 26: ArtsPower National Touring Theatre “The Rainbow Fish”
•    March 18: Theatreworks USA “Miss Nelson Is Missing”
•    April 2: Theatreworks USA “Charlotte’s Web”
•    April 29: ArtsPower National Touring Theatre “The Monster Who Ate My Peas”

Classical and Dance
•    Oct. 22: Parsons Dance
•    Jan. 15: Chicago Sinfonietta “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
•    April 29: Russian National Ballet “Giselle”

North Central College Jazz
•    Sept. 23: An Evening With Jazz Trombonist Tim Coffman
•    Oct. 21: An Evening With Jazz Pianist Chris White
•    Dec. 9: Annual Jazz Faculty Christmas Concert
•    Jan. 13: An Evening With Jazz Vocalist Janice Borla
•    Feb. 10: An Evening With Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis
•    March 10: An Evening With Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz   
•    April 7: An Evening With Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga
•    May 12: Drummer Jack Mouse & Bassist Kelly Sill “Revenge of the Rhythm Section”  

North Central College Music
•    Oct. 30: Homecoming Concert
•    Nov. 2: Honors Choral Invitational
•    Nov. 15: Invitational Concert, Concert Winds and Symphony Band
•    Feb. 4: Annual Gospel Extravaganza
•    Feb. 17: Explore the Sound
•    March 4: Chords for Kids, Concert for Children With Autism
•    March 9: Winter Concert, Symphony Band and Instrumental Chamber Players
•    April 25: Return From Tour Concert, Concert Winds
•    April 27: “Metamorphosis,” Chamber Singers
•    May 7: “Finale!” Concert, Women’s Chorale
•    May 18: Spring Concert, Cardinal Chorus
•    May 23: Spring Concert, Concert Winds, Symphony Band, Instrumental Chamber Players
•    May 25: Graduation Concert, Concert Choir

North Central College Theatre
•    Oct. 6-9: “Time Wasted”
•    Oct. 27-30: “Mosque Alert”
•    Nov. 10-13: “9 to 5: The Musical”
•    Jan. 26-29: “Far From Normal”
•    Feb. 23-26: “Once on This Island”
•    April 20-23: “The Navigator”
•    May 4-7: “Improv: On Ice!”
•    May 18-21: “Troilus and Cressida”

North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall is the west suburban home to both the Chicago Sinfonietta and DuPage Symphony Orchestra. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform on Sept. 17, Oct. 29, Jan. 15, March 25 and May 12, and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will give concerts on Oct. 15, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Feb. 12, March 18-19 and May 13.

Performance information is subject to change; visit throughout the season for updates.

North Central College’s 2016-2017 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, USG Corporation, Catch 35, DuPage Foundation, Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk, Monarch Landing, Pinot’s Palette, Savant Capital Management, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency’, and Naperville Development Partnership.