Following is a calendar for fine and performing arts events in January at North Central College:
Nov. 15 – Jan. 12 Art Exhibit: North Central College showcases “Precipice” by Zelene Schlosberg in the Schoenherr Gallery in the Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. On the verge, between and betwixt – the quality of potential energy animates the works in this exhibition. Schlosberg works in a variety of genres with a pared down yet provocative aesthetic that draws from a wide variety of influences from east and west, ancient and contemporary. Gallery admission is free; call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 4 Art Exhibit: North Central College showcases “The Sum of the Parts” by FUSEDChicago in the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. “The Sum of the Parts” explores the use of repetition, seriality and multiplicity in creating works of art. All of the work is created using encaustic as the primary medium; however, FUSED artists expand upon the ancient technique of working with beeswax and pigment, taking many directions in extending the possibilities to create work in a contemporary context. The work in this show uses a myriad of combinations with other materials: embedding charcoal, ink, image transfers and burnt shellac. The artists’ incorporation of paper, found objects or organic materials are then used through mono-printing on paper and fabric, applying smooth and textured wax to photographs and sculptural forms to develop multiple works based on a single concept. Gallery admission is free; call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.
Jan. 17 – Mar. 15 Art Exhibit: North Central College showcases “An Unlived History” by Shane Prine in the Schoenherr Gallery in the Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. As an artist, Shane Prine’s goal is to capture an elegiac quality in subjects both animate and inanimate. A phrase that encapsulates Prine’s most recent work is “an unlived history.” A central theme of his work is memory – what informs memory, how does it change over time, why are memories often romanticized, or how is it that nostalgia or trauma often color memory accordingly. Gallery admission is free; call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.
Jan. 10 Music: North Central College presents “An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis” on Friday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. in Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave. One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Davis has had a varied career. He has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. A highly respected jazz educator, Davis has degrees in music education and musicology from the University of Illinois. As a graduate student, he specialized in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in African music. For over 20 years, he has been mentored by such master drummers as Gideon Foli Alorwoyle and Abubakari Luna. Joining Davis for this concert will be fellow members of the College’s highly-esteemed jazz studies program. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for seniors and students; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Jan. 19 Music: North Central College welcomes Chicago Sinfonietta’s “Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at 3 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Sinfonietta traditions meld with impactful social issues during one of its most stirring MLK tribute concerts to date. Take part in a poignant musical conversation between Chicago Sinfonietta assistant conductor and project inclusion alumnus Jonathan Rush and his sister, NBC’s “The Voice” semi-finalist Kymberli Joye. The two will combine forces on Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” arranged by 19-year-old virtuoso Jherrard Hardeman, who will also conduct a breathtaking rendition of the traditional spiritual “Deep River.” Waubonsie Valley High School Mosaic Choir takes the stage for Joel Thompson’s moving testament to those lost to police violence, “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.” Restore faith and hope through the evening’s uplifting remaining program: John Legend and Common’s Academy Award-winning piece “Glory” from the film “Thelma.” Finally, experience one of classical music’s most enveloping, emotional endings in Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2” (“Resurrection Symphony”), featuring Chicago Sinfonietta alongside two choirs. Tickets are $49-$62 (price range per seating); call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Jan. 25 Music: North Central College presents Jim Peterik’s World Stage at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Over the length of Peterik’s spectacular career, he has worked with and developed lasting relationships with a long list of fellow and remarkably talented artists. Eighteen years ago, Peterik had the idea to record an album and mount a subsequent concert celebrating these friendships and collaborations. Thus began “World Stage.” The CD and show were an immediate sensation, as Peterik pushed his own envelope into different styles and refined those with which he had already had significant success. Audiences were thrilled to see such a rich array of stars together on one stage, playing their own hits and Peterik’s collaborations, interacting with Peterik and the other guests in ways heretofore unseen. Tickets are $60 and $70 (price range per seating); call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Jan. 30 Music: North Central College welcomes the St. Olaf Choir on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more than a century, the St. Olaf Choir has set the gold standard for choral singing, performing for millions around the world. During its 2020 National Winter Tour, the choir will celebrate two milestones: the 100th anniversary of its first tour to the East Coast, as well as the 30th anniversary of conductor Anton Armstrong. Comprised of 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is hailed as the nation’s premier a cappella ensemble, renowned for its artistry and beauty of sound. More information can be found at https://wp.stolaf.edu/choir/. In keeping with its mission to provide music of the highest quality that lifts people’s hearts and spirits, the St. Olaf Choir is lowering its ticket prices, including $10 tickets for students at all venues, ensuring that its tour concerts are affordable and accessible for all. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Jan. 31 Music: North Central College presents “An Evening with Jazz Bassist Kelly Sill & Drummer Jack Mouse” on Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Sill has been a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene for more than 35 years. He has performed and recorded with a vast array of jazz artists, including: Art Blakey; Joe Henderson; Art Farmer; Eddie Jefferson; Clark Terry; Cedar Walton; and a host of others. His discography includes more than 50 recordings. He has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival; the Elkhart Jazz Festival; the Red Sea Jazz Festival; Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece; and Symphony Center in Chicago. Mouse was already performing in his teens with such musical greats as Buddy Morrow and Red Norvo. He was featured soloist with the “Falconaires,” the official jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has since performed with a wide range of outstanding jazz artists, including: Stan Kenton; Clark Terry; Herb Ellis; Joe Williams; James Moody; Randy Brecker; Bob Mintzer; and many others. Mouse’s recording output spans over a wide range of jazz styles, from his own compositions to free improvisation. His new release “Intimate Adversary” has garnered rave reviews and international radio airplay. Joining Sill and Mouse for this concert will be fellow members of the College’s highly-esteemed jazz studies program. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for seniors and students; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
North Central College’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially supported by the following sponsors and partners: Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund; Illinois Arts Council Agency; BMO Harris Bank; Advanced Data Technologies; Avenida Naperville; Blooming Color; Chef By Request; Elements at Water Street; Naperville Magazine; Nicor Gas; Savant Capital Management; Catch 35; Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Philipchuck and Corrigan, Ltd.; DuPage Foundation; Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk; Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House; Marquette Companies; Monarch Landing; The Morton Arboretum; Naperville Development Partnership; Pinot’s Palette; and Shakou Restaurants.
These upcoming events are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich 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 northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).