Student musicians to perform at March concerts at College of DuPage

  • College of DuPage students, faculty and members of the community will be performing in several concerts in March in the McAninch Arts Center.

    College of DuPage students, faculty and members of the community will be performing in several concerts in March in the McAninch Arts Center. Courtesy of College of DuPage

Submitted by COD News Bureau
Updated 2/4/2020 8:53 PM

In March, the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is hosting several concerts featuring COD students and faculty, and members of the community. All performances take place at the McAninch Arts Center on the college's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

College of DuPage music program faculty will share their talent and experience during a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the MAC's Playhouse Theatre.


The DuPage Community Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the MAC's Belushi Performance Hall.

Led by director Terry Redford, the band will perform American contemporary composer David Gillingham's "Angels of the Apocalypse" and "Symphony No. 2"; "Folk Tune" by 20th-century English composer Eugene Goossens; "Night on Fire" by American contemporary composer John Mackey; "Second Suite in F" by early 20th-century English composer Gustav Holst; and "Trail of Tears" by American contemporary composer James Barnes.

Five COD music department student ensembles will present a concert featuring a wide range of works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Belushi Performance Hall. The program will begin with director Ben Wahlund leading the COD Percussion Ensemble in performances of "A La Samba: For Percussion" by timpanist and composer Mitchell Peters and "Sucker" (as performed by Jonas Brothers, arranged by Wahlund).

Director Matt Shevitz will lead the Small Group Jazz ensemble in performances of "Birdland" by Womack; "Birdland" by the Weather Report's Joe Zawinul; and "Chameleon" by jazz composer Herbie Hancock.

Director Lee R. Kesselman will lead the Concert Choir in performances of "Dixit Dominus" by 18th-century German composer Johann Gottlieb Naumann; "Down by the Riverside," traditional, arranged by African-American composer Stacey Gibbs; and "Fields of Gold" by G.M. Sumner (Sting), arranged by Roger Emerson.

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Director Philip Bauman will lead the Chamber Orchestra in performances of "Adagio: Theme From Spartacus" by Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, arranged by Robert Longfield; "The Entertainer" by African-American ragtime composer Scott Joplin; "Happy Birthday Variations" (Ludwig/Heidrich), "Passacaglia in G minor" by German-British composer George Frideric Handel, arranged by Longfield; and "Rhosymedre -- Prelude on a Welsh Hymn Tune" by English composer Vaughan Williams.

Kesselman and the Chamber Singers will conclude the evening with performances of "Abendlied" by German composer Josef Rheinberger; "Autumn" by contemporary Finnish composer Jussi Chydenius; "Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord" (traditional, arranged by Undine Moore); "My Lord, What a Mornin'," arranged by African-American composer Harry Burleigh; and "Way Over in Beulah Lan'," arranged by Stacey Gibbs.

Part of the free "Music Fridays @ Noon" series, music program students will share their skills and knowledge during a student recital at noon Friday, March 20, in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 140.

The DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in Belushi Performance Hall. Led by Shevitz, the band's performance will include selections from more than a century of large jazz ensemble compositions, including original work from members of the ensemble.


Tickets to each of these events are $7, unless otherwise noted.

For more information and to buy tickets, call the MAC Ticket office at (630) 942-4000, or visit

The Music program at College of DuPage offers the first two years of a baccalaureate music degree program, including coursework in theory and ear training, and a sequence of four class piano courses designed for non-pianists. The program offers associate degrees in music and music business and a certificate in audio production, as well as private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, percussion, and all band and orchestra instruments. Performing groups are open to all students regardless of major, and include Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Chamber Singers, Community Jazz Ensemble, DuPage Chorale, DuPage Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, Small Group Jazz, Percussion Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

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