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By Ted Slowik
North Central College

North Central College's 2012-13 Fine and Performing Arts Season will offer a variety of big-name entertainers.

Dionne Warwick, the Oak Ridge Boys, Bernadette Peters, Branford Marsalis, Sara Evans, Five for Fighting and Celtic Woman are among the highlights of the new season.

Tickets for individual performances are on sale now by calling the box office at (630) 637-SHOW or by visiting

"We are thrilled to once again bring these great artists to the community," said Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. "As long as patrons and sponsors continue to support us, we will continue providing a wide variety of the best entertainers in the business."

Patrons may buy discounted tickets to seven different series: A la Carte, Cabaret, Classical, Contemporary, Family, Jazz and Performing Arts. The A la Carte Series allows patrons to choose their seats at a reduced rate when purchasing tickets to five or more shows in any series or additional events.

North Central College's student and faculty musicians, actors and artists will be featured in numerous events, and the season includes a full schedule of exhibits in the college's three art galleries. North Central College's 2012-13 Fine and Performing Arts Season includes the following performances:

Summer series

• June 29-30, July 1, 6-8: "The Wizard of Oz"

• July 10-15: "Princess Ida"

• July 21, 23-27: Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites

• July 27-29, Aug. 3-5: "South Pacific"

• Aug. 23-26: Organic Theater Company, "Rhinoceros"

Performing Arts Series

• Oct. 6: Dionne Warwick

• Oct. 27: Sara Evans

• Dec. 21: The Oak Ridge Boys, "Christmas Time's a Comin'"

• April 13: Giordano Dance Chicago

• May 18: "How Big Can You Get? 100 Years of Cab Calloway, featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy"

Classical Series

• Nov. 4: Chicago Chamber Musicians

• Jan. 20: Chicago Sinfonietta, "Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

• Feb. 24: Russian National Orchestra

• March 17: Vienna Boys Choir

• May 3: Chicago Chamber Musicians

Jazz Series

• Nov. 17: Mary Wilson stars in "Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project," with biographer, narrator and host James Gavin

• Feb. 16: Chicago Jazz Orchestra, "A Tribute to Ray Charles"

• March 1: "An Evening with Branford Marsalis"

• April 27: CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble)

• Sept. 21, Nov. 2, Jan. 4, Feb. 8, March 8, April 5 or May 17: choice of one "An Evening with North Central College Jazz Faculty" performance

Contemporary Series

• Sept. 23: Eric Hutchinson

• Oct. 28: Sara Evans

• Dec. 8: Celtic Woman, "A Christmas Celebration -- The Symphony Tour"

• Jan. 12: Marc Cohn

• March 9: "One Night of Queen"

Cabaret Series

• Jan. 27: Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, "All in the Musical Family"

• Feb. 17: David Burnham, "Mostly Broadway"

• March 24: Spider Saloff, "Cole Porter, Swell Party!"

• April 14: Glory Crampton, "Out of My Dreams"

• May 19: Danny Gurwin, "Sail Me Away"

Family Series

• Nov. 10: "The Velveteen Rabbit"

• Dec. 2: "A Christmas Carol"

• March 16: "Junie B. Jones"

• April 20: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

Other performances

• Sept. 27: Five for Fighting

• Sept. 29: Chicago Sinfonietta, "Performance Art"

• Oct. 7: Dionne Warwick

• Oct. 13: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "Great Expectations"

• Oct. 21: Ailey II

• Oct. 25: Bernadette Peters

• Nov. 2: Chicago Sinfonietta, "Dia de los Muertos"

• Nov. 18: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "British Masters"

• Dec. 13-16: Organic Theater Company, "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"

• Dec. 16: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "A Ralph Covert Holiday"

• Feb. 1: Parsons Dance

• Feb. 9: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "Shakespeare in Music"

• March 16: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "Legends and Literature"

• March 21-24: Organic Theater Company, "Emigrants"

• April 20: Chicago Sinfonietta, "Arab Spring"

• May 11: DuPage Symphony Orchestra, "…de la Mancha"

• June 8: Chicago Sinfonietta, "CityScapes"

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

These performances 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 or call the box office at (630) 637-SHOW.

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