New Philharmonic announces its 2019-20 season
The New Philharmonic, the resident orchestra at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, has announced its 2019-20 season, which features symphonic standards as well as a mix of operatic and balletic productions.
Music director and conductor Kirk Muspratt has programmed and will conduct the six-concert season:
• "Ode to Joy": Symphony No. 9 and "Egmont Overture" (Sept. 28 and 29) is part of the worldwide celebration this season commemorating the 250th birthday of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. Guest soloists for the Symphony No. 9 include soprano Katherine Weber, mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh, tenor James Judd and bass-baritone Sam Handley, along with the 100-voice Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus.
• Former Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann (Nov. 2 and 3) is the guest soloist for concerts featuring Alexander Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major, along with Wagner's overture to "Rienzi" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."
• "The Nutcracker" returns (Dec. 14 and 15), this time with Salt Creek Ballet and artistic director Sergey Kozadayev's spin on Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas evergreen.
• New Year's Eve Concert (three performances on Dec. 31) features the debut of mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen amid the usual selection of Strauss waltzes, polkas and more.
• "The Merry Widow" (Jan. 24-26) is Franz Lehar's most popular comic operetta, and it involves efforts to reunite two ex-lovers to prevent a financial crisis in a fictional European country. Michael La Tour directs the production, which will be performed in English.
• "A Salute to Frida" (April 18 and 19) is a concert featuring all Latin composers in anticipation of a Frida Kahlo exhibit coming to College of DuPage in June 2020. Of note is "Misa Tango" by Academy Award-winning Argentine-born composer Luis Bacalov, which features soprano and tenor vocalists, a 100-voice chorus and the bandoneon accordion.
Discounted season tickets (20 percent off) are on sale now, with full-price single tickets going on sale on Saturday, July 20. For details, call (603) 942-4000 or visit atthemac.org.