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Rick Springfield, Second City and Dennis DeYoung headline the new Fine Arts season

Jun 18, 2018

Rick Springfield, The Best of Second City, DENNIS DEYOUNG, Damien Sneed’s “We Shall Overcome,” Gabriel Sanchez presents: The Prince Experience and Jefferson Starship are just some of the many featured artists in the upcoming 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Season at North Central College. Jim Peterik & World Stage will also be returning to the College as well as cabaret favorites Joan Curto and Girls Like Us.

“For the past 10 years the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center has served Naperville and North Central College,” said Director of Fine Arts Brian Lynch. “Join us for this special season at all of our venues as we celebrate the arts with some of the best names in entertainment!”

In December, North Central will once again host its Home for the Holidays in Naperville series featuring three concerts: David Benoit’s “Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown,” “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells,” and DENNIS DEYOUNG. As part of this series, patrons receive 20 percent off tickets to these shows, plus special offers at local restaurants.

Tickets for these and all other performances go on sale Tuesday, June 19. Patrons who purchase three or more shows save up to 20 percent by becoming a season subscriber. For tickets please call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469), visit or stop by the Box Office in the Fine Arts Center located at 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. 

Student and faculty musicians, actors and artists will be featured in numerous North Central College events you will not want to miss. The 2018-2019 season will also include performances by DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta and Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes, which call North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall their suburban home. 

Enjoy lots of laughs with the Best of Second City at North Central College

Enjoy lots of laughs with the Best of Second City at North Central College

North Central College’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Season presents the following shows:

Pop and Rock 

  • Sept 29: Rick Springfield
  • Oct. 6: Art Garfunkel
  • Nov 16: Marc Cohn
  • Jan. 12: Jim Peterik & World Stage
  • Mar. 9: Gabriel Sanchez presents: The Prince Experience
  • Apr. 6: Another big name artist, to be announced August 12
  • May 18: Jefferson Starship

Classical and Jazz

  • Dec. 1: David Benoit “Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown”
  • Jan. 20: Chicago Sinfonietta “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
  • Feb. 23: “We Shall Overcome, A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”


  • Jan. 27: Joan Curto “Songs of the Leading Ladies of Broadway”
  • March 24: The Four C Notes
  • May 19: Girls Like Us: “It’s My Party, the Girls and the Groups of the 1960’s”


  • Oct. 20: The Best of Second City


  • Dec. 1: “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” 
  • Feb. 2: “Pinkalicious, the Musical”
  • April 6: “Pete the Cat”

North Central College Jazz

  • Sept. 14: An Evening With Jazz Vocalist Janice Borla 
  • Nov. 2: An Evening With Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis
  • Nov. 7: The Fall Great Evening of Jazz
  • Dec. 7: 6th Annual Jazz Faculty Christmas Concert
  • Jan. 18: An Evening With Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga
  • Feb. 22: An Evening With Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz
  • March 8: An Evening of Big Band
  • March 29: Revenge of the Rhythm Section Featuring Bassist Kelly Sill and Drummer Jack Mouse
  • Apr. 26: An Evening With Jazz Trombonist Tim Coffman
  • May 17: An Evening With Jazz Pianist Chris White
  • May 29: The Spring Great Evening of Jazz

North Central College Music

  • Oct. 17: Honors Choral Invitational Festival Concert
  • Oct. 26: Homecoming “Kick-Off” Concert
  • Nov. 13: Concert Winds Invitational Concert
  • Nov. 14: Chamber Players and Symphony Band Fall Concert
  • Feb. 2: “Gospel Extravaganza 31”
  • Feb. 15: Winter Choral Gala
  • March 2: Chords for Kids Concert for Children With Special Needs
  • March 7: Chamber Players and Symphony Band Winter Concert
  • April 16: Concert Winds Return From Tour Concert
  • April 30: Chamber Singers “Metamorphosis” Concert
  • May 8: Women’s Chorale “Finale!” Concert
  • May 21: Cardinal Chorus and Chamber Strings Spring Concert
  • May 22: Concert Choir Graduation Concert
  • May 28: Department of Bands Spring Concert

North Central College Theatre

  • Oct. 4-7: “The Laramie Project”
  • Oct. 18-21: “Other Ways to Resist”
  • Nov. 8-11: “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • Jan 24-27: “Logan’s Comedy” 
  • Feb. 7-10: “The Opportunities of Extinction”
  • Feb. 21-Mar. 3: “Sweeney Todd”
  • April 11-14: “Action! Shape Your World”
  • May 2-5: “Out on a Limb”

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

North Central College’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially supported by the following sponsors and partners: BMO Harris Bank; Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Advanced Data Technologies; Blooming Color; Chef By Request; Elements at Water Street; Naperville Magazine; Nicor Gas; Savant Capital Management; Catch 35; Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Philipchuck, Corrigan and Bernhard, Ltd.; DuPage Foundation; Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk; Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House; Marquette Companies; Monarch Landing; Naperville Development Partnership; Pinot’s Palette; and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

Rick Springfield will take to the stage at North Central College

Rick Springfield will take to the stage at North Central College