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DuPage Symphony to preform 'Broadway Bonanza'

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DuPage Symphony Orchestra

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents "Broadway Bonanza," a concert featuring music from the most beloved Broadway repertoire of the past century.

Music Director Barbara Schubert conducts the DuPage Symphony, honored by the Illinois Council of Orchestras as the 2013 Community Orchestra of the Year, in the performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

The concert features music of Broadway musicals including "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," "The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," "Candide," "The Music Man" and "Carousel." Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as well as a picnic dinner to the Ravinia-style performance.

Soprano Valerie Vinzant, who debuted with the orchestra in December, returns to be featured in several selections. Vinzant has been hailed by critics for her "delectable lyric soprano" and her "pure silk voice."

Vinzant recently completed her second season as a Domingo-Thornton Young Artist at the Los Angeles Opera. She has appeared as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera Symphony. She is a frequent soloist of baroque and classical orchestras, performing early works of Telemann, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Purcell and Mozart.

Vinzant won the Dallas Opera Guild's top prize in 2007 and is a four-time recipient of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions awards. She studied at Indiana University with Carol Vaness and earned her bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Tickets for the performance are $12 in advance and $18 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the Cantigny gift shop or entrance gate by calling Cantigny at (630) 260-8162 or online at Sales by phone and Internet are available until Tuesday, July 8; after that advance tickets may be purchased in person at Cantigny Park.