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College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: New Year’s Eve: 40 Years of New Philharmonic
Maestro Kirk Muspratt welcomes Luminarts Foundation and Metropolitan Opera National Council award-winning tenor Jessie Donner to New Philharmonic’s annual NYE concerts. Mr. Donner appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Nabucco and will be singing in Der Rosenkavalier. His NYE selections will include “Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert” from Lehar’s “Giuditta” and “La fleur que tu m’avait jetee” from Bizet’s Carmen. You’ll also revel in New Philharmonic’s musical spectrum, with traditional Viennese musical selections from Strauss and Lehar, light classical from Von Suppe and Tchaikovsky, and movie favorites.

December 31, 2016 / 2 PM, 5:30 PM & 9 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn


Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series 312-294-3000

Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor Franz Welser-Möst brings the Cleveland Orchestra’s trademark power and richness to Orchestra Hall. Beethoven’s light and humorous Eighth Symphony and Sibelius’ romantic Second Symphony will showcase the orchestra’s lush sound. “The Clevelanders absolutely nailed it…ensemble playing was perfectly judged. The sheer musicality of the players’ work was a wonder” (Musical America).

January 21, 2017 / 8 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago


 Music of the Baroque (312) 551-1414

Mozart’s Mass in C Minor
Jane Glover leads Mozart’s “Great” C Minor Mass. With its mighty choruses, sublime solos, and intricate orchestral writing, the Mass is unlike any other church music of its time, looking back to Bach and Handel and offering an extraordinary diversity of style. Soprano Susanna Phillips sings Mozart’s glorious motet “Exsultate, jubilate” in a program that also includes Beethoven’s stirring Coriolan Overture and Prisoners’ Chorus from Fidelio. WFMT’s Carl Grapentine will give pre-concert lectures on Sunday at 6:30 PM (Athens Room, DoubleTree Hotel) and Monday at 6 PM (Chicago Cultural Center).

January 22, 2017 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
January 23, 2017 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater Chicago, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago


 College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: The Mikado
The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s most performed light opera, has been in constant production for the last 130 years. Kirk Muspratt leads NewPhilharmonic in this comedic masterpiece of British political satire. Thinly disguising the farce by setting it in a fictional Japanese locale where flirting is a capital crime, the characters maneuver arranged marriages, disguises, jilted lovers, and greedy, inept government officials. Sung in English.

January 28, 2017 / 7:30 PM /McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
January 29, 2017 / 3 PM / McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


 Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series 312-294-3000

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Richard Goode’s recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra was praised as “truly revolutionary” by The New Yorker. He again joins the Budapest musicians for an all-Beethoven program that includes Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony and his Second Piano Concerto, part of Symphony Center’s complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos in 2016/17.

February 8, 2017 / 8 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago


College of DuPage 630-942-4000

The Five Irish Tenors
Direct from Dublin! Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, The Five Irish Tenors fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. This distinctive program includes W.B Yeats’s “My Wild Irish Rose,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Toora Loora Loora,” the glorious “Danny Boy,” and more performed by Ireland’s most legendary tenors.

February 12, 2017 / 2 PM / McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series 312-294-3000

St. Petersburg Philharmonic
“Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra surpassed all expectations… the St. Petersburg Philharmonic spilled forth music in the purest form possible—straight from each score’s soul and into the hearts of listeners” (The Washington Post). The acclaimed St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Music Director Yuri Temirkanov return to Symphony Center with a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

March 5, 2017 / 7 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago


Chicago a cappella (773) 281-7820

A Night at the Opera
Favorite opera melodies take center stage in this entertaining and inventive new concert created by CAC ensemble member Kathryn Kamp.  Familiar overtures and arias are re-imagined for this a cappella ensemble, and enjoy some laughs with opera parodies, Gilbert & Sullivan silliness, Broadway rock operas, and much more.  The opera house has never been so much fun!

April 7, 2017 / 7:30 PM / Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.,Naperville
April 8, 2017 / 8 PM / Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
April 22, 2017 / 8 PM / Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th St., Chicago
April 23, 2017 / 4 PM / Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park


College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: Encore
Overwhelming audience requests for the return of CSO assistant principal violinist David Taylor made him an easy choice to close New Philharmonic’s 40th anniversary season. Taylor will be performing the Lalo concerto, the piece that prompted Tchaikovsky to compose his violin concerto and is an exquisite taste of Spain. Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, with its ingenious use of organ and piano (two- and four-hands), brought a fresh approach to the symphonic form; New Philharmonic’s performance will showcase the MAC’s new organ.

April 8, 2017 / 7:30 PM / McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
April 9, 2017 / 3 PM / McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


Music of the Baroque (312) 551-1414

Telemann’s Day of Judgement
The concert season closes with Music of the Baroque’s first performances in 25 years of Georg Philipp Telemann’s powerful oratorio, The Day of Judgment. From the opening call of the trumpet, through earthquakes, thunder, and devastation, to the final celestial chorus at the gates of heaven, this vivid work makes for a truly gripping evening of musical story-telling.

Jennifer More will give pre-concert lectures on Sunday at 6:30 PM (Athens Room, DoubleTree Hotel) and Monday at 6 PM (Chicago Cultural Center).

May 14, 2017 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
May 15, 2017 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater Chicago, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago