BY POPULAR DEMAND, NEW PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS THREE NEW YEAR’S EVE POPS PERFORMANCES DEC. 31

Guest Tenor John Irvin of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center Featured

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – By popular demand, New Philharmonic (NP) expands its New Year’s Eve performances this year at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., to now include three performances Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. The program will feature works by Josef Strauss, J. Strauss Jr., Franz von Suppé and others, plus a celebratory champagne toast and special surprises. Continuing their tradition of featuring soloists from the Lyric Opera Ryan Center for Young Artists, tenor John Irvin will join New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt to ring out the old and ring in the new 98.7 FM-WFMT will provide a live broadcast of the 5 p.m. performance.

“Our New Year’s Eve concerts have sold out year after year, so this year we’re proud to offer three concerts, guaranteed to give even more Chicagoland music lovers the opportunity to toast “good bye” to the old year, and hail the arrival of the new,” says Muspratt.

The program will start with Josef Strauss’ rousing “Schabernack Polka,” then continue with J. Strauss Jr.’s “Emperor Waltz.” Guest tenor John Irvin will join Muspratt and NP for Rudolf Sieczy?ski’s “Vienna, City of My Dreams” and will also be featured in Erich Wolfgang Korngold “O Freund, Ich Werde Sie Nicht Wiedersehen,” in these celebratory concerts replete with surprise encores, a New Year’s Eve champagne toast, the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” and more. A complete listing of the program is at the end of this release.

Originally a pianist, John Irvin discovered his passion for singing in 2008 and he went on to earn his Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Georgia State

University (2010) and Professional Certificate from Boston University’s Opera Institute (2012). A member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Irvin recently appeared as Alfred for two performances of “Die Fledermaus” and appeared as Count Almaviva in Lyric’s family matinee of “The Family Barber.” Other highlights this past year include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (“Beyond the Score” with Stéphane Denève), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Don Curzio, Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” with Gustavo Dudamel) and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Sir Andrew Davis). For Lyric Opera’s 2014-15 season, Irvin will perform and cover roles in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Strauss’ “Capriccio,” Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” and Weinberg’s “The Passenger.”

New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents three New Year’s Eve concerts at the McAninch Arts Center, located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill., Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 (1 p.m.); and $65 (5 & 9 p.m.) A limited number of $10 student tickets will also be available, with valid student ID. To order tickets, call 630.942.4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org.

New Philharmonic is a professional orchestra in residence of the MAC that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.

New Philharmonic is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation and the New Philharmonic Fund, visit.cod.edu/foundation or call 630-942-2462.

New Philharmonic’s 2014-2015 performances are funded in part by a grant by The DuPage Community Foundation’s JCS Fund for Arts and Education and the Illinois Arts Council.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near
I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces: (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall, the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre, and the versatile black box StudioTheatre). It also encompasses the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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NEW PHILHARMONIC’S NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 CONCERTS

Program

“Schabernack Polka” Josef Strauss (1827-1870)

“Emperor Waltz” J. Strauss

Jr. (1825- 1899)

“Vienna, City of My Dreams” Rudolf Sieczy?ski (1879-1952)
Featuring Guest Tenor, John Irvin

Overature to “Pique Dame” Franz von Suppé (1819-1895)

“O Freund, Ich Werde Sie Nicht Wiedersehen“ Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Featuring Guest Tenor, John Irvin

Tara’s Theme from “Gone With the Wind” Max Steiner (1888-1971
arr. Campbell-Watson (b. 1941-)

“Band of Brothers” Michael Arnold Kamen (1948-2003)
arr. Roy Phillippe

Theme from “Cocoon” James Horner (b. 1953- )

The Hippopotamus Song

Michael Flanders (1922-1975) &
Donald Swann (1923-1994)
Featuring Guest Tenor, John Irvin

Traditional: “Auld Lang Syne” Audience sing-along with
Featuring Guest Tenor, John Irvin

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” March John Williams (b. 1932- )

“Magnificent Seven” Suite Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)

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