Written by Jack McCarthy
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage presents jazz great Ramsey Lewis at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove .
Throughout the 2012-2013 season, the McAninch Arts Center is teaming with the Tivoli Theatre and a number of area venues while the 25-year-old MAC undergoes a $35 million renovation project.
Joined by Henry Johnson, Tim Gant, Joshua Ramos and Charles Heath, Lewis will present his standards as well as some new music that will have concert-goers on their feet.
The pianist and composer is best known for his chart-topping recordings "The In Crowd," "Hang On Sloopy" and "Wade in the Water" and as the voice of the morning show on WNUA-FM in Chicago. Lewis has three Grammy Awards and seven Gold Records.
In addition, Lewis hosts "Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis," a nationally syndicated radio show. He also hosted a 13-part half-hour series on PBS under the same title, featuring emerging and established jazz musicians.
Tickets to the March 1 performance are $50 for adults, $48 for seniors and $40 for College of DuPage students and children 17 and younger. For more information, call the Arts Center Box Office at (630) 942-4000, or purchase tickets online.
The McAninch Arts Center is closed for a major $35 million renovation and is slated to reopen Spring of 2014.
When it returns it will once again set the bar for community college arts education, performance and exhibition space.
In the coming months officials will be creating a plan for our return to a renovated performing arts center.
Spoon River Anthology—College of DuPage College Theater presents "Spoon River Anthology," an adaptation of the poems of Edgar Lee Masters, Thursday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 10, in the Building K Theater on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Directed by Theater Professor Connie Canaday Howard and adapted by Michael Moon, "Spoon River Anthology" is a collection of poems from Edgar Lee Masters' seminal 1915 book of poetry.
Shared from the perspective of its deceased residents, each vignette vividly depicts life in the fictional small Midwestern town of Spoon River. Portraying both the humor and seriousness of life these residents secrets have gone with them to the grave.
A pre-show discussion is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. A post-show discussion is scheduled for Friday, March 8.
Tickets are $8 for the Thursday, April 12, preview performance. Regular performance tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, College of DuPage students and youth.
For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000, or purchase tickets online.
Singers invited to two festivals—The College of DuPage Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at two choral festivals this spring.
The 26-member Chamber Singers perform under the direction of Choral Director Lee Kesselman.
The Chamber Singers will perform Saturday, April 13, at the Illinois American Choral Directors Association Community College Choral Festival at Harper College.
Approximately 22 members of the College's Chamber Singers will perform with the Masterworks Festival Chorus & New York City Chamber Orchestra at the Manhattan Concert Productions Choral Festival, Saturday to Monday, May 25 to 27, at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:33