March 11 Music: North Central College presents “Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy” at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Hearing MacMaster and Leahy speak reverentially about the fiddle—which has propelled their dazzling careers since childhood while cementing their status as Canada's reigning couple of Celtic music—is almost as electrifying as hearing them play it. Indeed, when MacMaster and Leahy married in 2002 both were already stars in their own right. They have a combined 83 years of experience with many milestones including: another hotly anticipated Christmas tour; an accompanying TV special; a pending third installment of their Greenbridge Celtic Folk Fest; a recent Road Gold Award from the Canadian Independent Music Association; and finally, the arrival of Maria, newest sibling to Mary Frances, Michael, Clare, Julia, Alec and Sadie. Tickets are $50-60 (price range per seating); call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
March 18 Music: North Central College welcomes Chicago Sinfonietta’s “UNAPOLOGETIC” at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Celebrate the unapologetic wonder of women. Opening the concert, Tania Leon's work, "Stride"—awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize—was originally commissioned as part of a project to commemorate the historic 19th Amendment that gave American women the right to vote and is inspired by the pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony. Next on the program is one of the historic Florence Price works that was discovered in an abandoned house in Illinois, "Violin Concerto No. 2." This rarely performed work is brought to the stage with the esteemed violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The second half of the concert features "Scheherazade," a symphonic masterwork inspired by the well-known fairytale of a heroine who changed fate through her wisdom and courage. A truly epic showcase of musicality and spirit that all will enjoy. Tickets are $54-67 (price range per seating) and $17 for students; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
March 19 Music: North Central College welcomes the DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) “Up Close and Personal: Our Talented Youth” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The DSO offers a special family concert to celebrate the accomplished young musicians of Illinois. The program features a performance by the First Prize Winner in the DSO's 2023 Young Artists Auditions for high school musicians, a side-by-side collaboration with the Youth Symphony of DuPage Concert Orchestra, and a premiere of an original composition from the 2022 ILMEA Composition Awards. Capped by Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," our concert provides an extraordinary introduction to orchestral music for listeners of all ages! Tickets are $18-21 for adults and $15-18 for seniors, and $6-9 for children; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.