THE MCANINCH ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 SEASON PROGRAMMING

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Exciting International Mix of Music, Dance, Theater, Comedy, Literature and More Featured

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Season programming.

Says MAC Director Diana Martinez “We created this season with the help of more than 1,000 of our patrons who responded to our online survey. As a result we have a season with something for everyone…music, dance, comedy, literature, theater, magic and more. We also listened to how much our audiences value not only what is on our stage, but off-stage offerings as well. Whether it is a MAC Chat before or after an event, Cookies with Kirk after a New Philharmonic concert, a stroll through the Cleve Carney Art Gallery before the show or our full service concessions where you can pre-order your drink for intermission, we are committed to giving our patrons not only a great show, but the best  full MAC experience.”

A few of the many highlights of MAC’s 2015-2016 Touring Series events coming to the Belushi Performance Hall include:

  • Unbelievably fun and exciting family entertainment including Mike Super, winner of NBC’s hit show “Phenomenon” and finalist from “America’s got Talent” (Oct. 24) and National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China (Oct. 25);
  • Incredible dance events including the MAC debut of Alvin Ailey II, (Oct. 18), Moscow Festival Ballet performing the classic ballet “Cinderella” (Jan. 10) and Thodos Dance Chicago performing “A Light in the Dark, The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan” plus other works from their repertoire (March 19);
  • A weekend celebration of jazz with Artists of the Monterey Jazz Festival featuring Patti Austin, Terrance Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders and Justin Brown (March 11) plus an unforgettable concert by iconic jazz great Ramsey Lewis  (March 12), presented in partnership with WDCB 90.9 FM;
  • Hysterical improv and sketch comedy with Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood  of “Whose Line is it Anyway” (Dec. 12), The Second City (Dec. 5; Feb. 13) and The Capitol Steps (April 23);
  • Enjoyable trips down memory lane courtesy of “MAC Motown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered” featuring the Motown Experience, an all-star lineup of world class vocalists drawn from the ranks of the legendary Motown groups with New Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt (Sept. 12) and Bee Gees Night Fever, during the College of DuPage’s Homecoming weekend (Oct. 16);
  • Culturally rich performances including Fiesta Mexico-Americana!  Featuring the multipleGrammyAward–winningAmericanChicano rock bandLos Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano (Feb. 21) and “African Footprint,” a joyous celebration of South Africa’s influence on music and dance as seen on PBS (Feb. 28);
  • Thought-provoking discussions with best-selling author Erik Larson on his newest work “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” (Nov. 10) and Jessica Fellowes, British journalist, New York Times best-selling author and the niece of “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes on all things “Abbey” (Jan. 31). Both are presented by the MAC in collaboration with the Daily Herald Author’s Circle Book Club and the College Lecture Series
  • A riveting production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning drama “All My Sons,” performed by one of the most respected touring theater companies in the country, Montana Repertory Theatre (March 5).

Another key component of the season is New Philharmonic, the 60-member professional orchestra in residence at the MAC under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt. Now in its 39th year, New Philharmonic will present five exciting classical music concerts including “Heavenly Bodies of Holst” featuringNew Philharmonic’s performance ofGustav Holst’s “The Planets” accompanied by a series of awe-inspiring short films created by Emmy-nominated astronomer, Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado (Oct. 3-4); “Baird and Berlioz,” featuring guest violinist Baird Dodge, principal second violin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruch’s most popular “Violin Concerto No. 1” (Nov. 14-15); three New Year’s Eve Concerts (Dec. 31); a production of Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte” staged as a reality TV show (Jan. 23-24); and “Dueling Pianos” featuring award-winning guest pianists Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi (April 16-17).

The MAC’s Playhouse Theatre will again be home to Club MAC, an intimate cabaret setting with café tables, wine, and great artists. This year’s Club MAC performances include Turtle Island Quartet (Feb. 26-27), Close to You, Music of the Carpenters (March 18-19), andHot Club of San Francisco (April 1-2).

The MAC’s Touring Series is only part of the rich and diverse selection of 2015-2016 programming presented at the MAC. Other programming will include the popular Global Flicks free international film series running in February and early March 2016, School Stage performances, more than 30 College performances in music, dance, theater and seven exhibitions of visual art at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.  Details will be announced at a later date.

A full chronological list of the 2015-2016 Touring Series events with single ticket prices can be found at the end of this release. Parking is always free. Subscriptions are on sale now. To subscribeby purchasing tickets to three ormore shows, call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000. Single tickets go on sale to the public in person at the Box Office Saturday Aug. 15, online at AtTheMAC.org Sunday, Aug.16 and by Box Office phone Tuesday, Aug. 18.

*Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change.

About the MAC

The 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 Studio Theatre), plus 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.

The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.  

The MAC’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Arts Midwest, BMO Harris,

The DuPage Foundation, Hilton of Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

New Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Brookdale Plaza, The JCS Fund of The DuPage Foundation, Smith Financial Advisors, Terrence J. Taylor & Maureen Sullivan Taylor, WDCB 90.9 FM and 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 a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

McAninch Arts Center

2015-2016 Touring Series

(Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change)

For more information and season updates visit AtTheMAC.org.

The following performances will take place in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall:

“MAC Motown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered”- Benefit Performance
Featuring: The Motown Experience with New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
$125

McAninch Arts Center kicks off the season with a party to celebrate and benefit the programs of the MAC. The evening features cocktails, hors d’oeurves and a classic hits concert by the Motown Experience, an all-star lineup of world class vocalists drawn from the ranks of the legendary Motown groups, in performance with New Philharmonic.  For more information, contact the College of DuPage Foundation at foundation@cod.edu or 630.924.2462.

Robert Cray
Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
$50-$65

Five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Cray is known for having bought blues back to the charts in the 1980s. This King of Blues inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 is on tour with the 40th anniversary release “In My Soul.”

“Sinatra Forever: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” Starring Rick Michel
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
$40-$50

The charming Rick Michel, one of Las Vegas’ premier singers, salutes Ol’ Blue Eyes with a 100th birthday tribute performance that channels Sinatra’s distinct vocals and charisma. Variety raves, “He is the closest thing to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard.”

New Philharmonic, Maestro Kirk Muspratt conductor
“Heavenly Bodies of Holst”
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.
$49

New Philharmonic’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is accompanied by a series of awe-inspiring short films created by Emmy-nominated astronomer, visual artist and co-founder of KV265 (Science Through Music Project) Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado.

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
$46-$51 | $36 youth

As seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this African-style Cirque show combines the mysticism and magic of the African continent in an electrifying theatrical cirque. With live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs a non-stop, action-packed show of aerial and pole acts, Egyptian limbo dancers, South African gumboot dancers, Gabonese tumblers and South African contortionists.

Bee Gees Night Fever
College of DuPage Homecoming Weekend
Friday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
$40-$49

With an amazing look and fantastic vocals, this international sensation performs the songs from the early Bee Gees to the disco era. “Amazing Show,” hails the New York Times. “Vocally Superb,” writes the Chicago Tribune.

Ailey II
Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.
$45-$50

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater highlights the next generation of great American dance stars through its second company, Ailey II, a universally acclaimed dance company known for merging the spirit and energy of young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of outstanding emerging choreographers. A MAC Chat will take place with company following the performance.

Mike Super Magic & Illusion
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
$45-$55

Winner of NBC’s hit show “Phenomenon” and a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the magical mystifier Mike Super brings his jaw-dropping, eye-popping magic and illusions to the MAC.

National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China: “Peking Dreams”
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 & 7 p.m.
$46-$51 | $36 youth

This troupe has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than 50 years with their spectacular stunts. Colorfully costumed acrobats and contortionists defy gravity with impressive circus and acrobatic acts such as solo trapeze, aerial silk, feet juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, grand martial arts and more. There will be a MAC Chat with follow each performance.

Erik Larson
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
$38-$45

The College Lecture Series, Daily Herald Author’s Circle Book Club and the MAC join forces to present best-selling author Erik Larson of “Devil in the White City” fame, discussing his newest book, “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.” A MAC Chat will precede the lecture.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“Baird and Berlioz”
Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.
$49

Baird Dodge, principal second violin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs Bruch’s most popular “Violin Concerto No. 1,” rich with gorgeous melodies. Berlioz’ epic work, “Symphonie Fantastique: An Episode in the Life of an Artist in Five Parts,” followed by Berlioz’ “Rakocky March” from “La Damnation de Faust” bookends this program of suspenseful, imaginative music.

The Second City’s “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue”
Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 & 9 p.m.
$32-$46
Please note: This show contains mature language.

From uneven gift exchanges with your clueless boyfriend to couples therapy with Mary and Joseph, The Second City brings a spring of holiday mischief to this night of spirited fun.

AlphaBet Soup Productions presents “A Christmas Carol in Hog Patch Holler!”
Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by Mark A. Pence
Music and Lyrics by mark A. Pence
Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
$16 adults | $14 youth

The Big Bad Wolf is acting like a scrooge because he is Scrooge in this fun-filled fairy tale retelling of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Little Red Riding Hood and Granny, Henny Penny, the Three Little Pigs and, of course, Tiny Tim sing and dance their way into the Big Bad Wolf’s heart helping him to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: “Two Man Group”
Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
$55-$75

“Whose Line is it Anyway?” star players Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, masters of improv and spontaneity, deliver a brilliant comedy showcase driven entirely by the audience.

Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet: “The Nutcracker”
with New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 & 5 p.m.
$43 | $32 youth

Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s gorgeous staging of this classic ballet danced to Tchaikovsky beloved score performed by New Philharmonic is sure to be a highlight of the holiday season.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“New Year’s Eve with an International Twist”
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2, 6 & 10 p.m.
$65

New Philharmonic welcomes back guest soprano Emily Birsan to perform “Je Veux Vivre” from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The program will also include Strauss Jr.’s “The BlueDanube Waltz,” Strauss Sr.’s “Radetzsky March,” polkas, opera arias, scores from iconic cinema and more.

Moscow Festival Ballet: “Cinderella”
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2 & 7 p.m.
$55 | $45 youth

Founded by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, Moscow Festival Ballet is steeped in classical Russian technique and grandeur. More than 50 of the company’s highly skilled dancers will grace the stage in the lavish full-length story ballet “Cinderella,” one of the most beloved ballets of all time. A MAC Chat will follow each performance.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“Cosi fan tutte” (“Women Are Like That”)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m.
$55
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

New Philharmonic sets Mozart’s mix of farce, drama and comedy in the context of a TV reality series and gives the audience the chance to pick the ending. Mozart’s sparkling orchestration centers on desire and fidelity as two young lovers wager to see whose fiancé will stay faithful in the heat of temptation.

Jessica Fellowes
Sunday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m.
$35-$55
Special lunch with Fellowes prior to the show. $150. Only 10 seats available.

The College Lecture Series, Daily Herald Author’s Circle Book Club and the MAC present a discussion by British journalist, New York Times-bestselling author and the niece of “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes of all things “Abbey” just in time for the premiere of the final season of the hit PBS Series. A MAC Chat will precede the Lecture and the audience will enjoy English treats after the show.

“Hooking Up With The Second City”
Saturday, Feb. 13, 6 & 9 p.m.
$32-$46
Please note: This show contains mature language.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, Chicago’s favorite comedy group brings this special relationship revue that makes mirth out of missed connections and all the crazy things we do for love. There will be a champagne toast with the cast following the show.

“Fiesta Mexico-Americana!”
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano
Sunday Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
$55-$75

The multipleGrammyAward–winningAmericanChicano rock bandLos Lobos teams up with Ballet Folkloricao Mexicanofor this spectacular display of song, dance, music and film celebrating the notable achievements of successful Mexican-Americans throughout time.  A MAC Chat will follow the concert.

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour: “Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play”
Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
$20 | $14 youth

Mo Willems’ Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

“African Footprint”
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m.
$50-$60

As seen on PBS, South Africa’s longest-running musical blends raw energy, spirit and passion into an exhilarating journey through Africa’s history, culture and spirit in a high-energy production that travels from ancient traditional song and dance, step dancing, and tap, to hip hop and more. A MAC Chat will follow the show.

Montana Repertory Theatre presents “All My Sons”
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
$35-$45

Montana Repertory Theatre, one of the most dynamic and respected touring companies in the country performs Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning drama “All My Sons” that reminds us that as we struggle in the aftermath of war and conflict, it is only compassion and forgiveness that will heal. A MAC Chat follows the performance.

Monterey Jazz Festival
Featuring Patti Austin, Terrance Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders and Justin Brown
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
$55-$65
Presented in partnership with 90.9 FM WDCB

“The Monterey Jazz Festival has a reputation for doing things right – 55 years of taking pains to present the best musicians in the best settings. So when the festival assembles an all-star band for a tour, it’s going to be a good one. And when the tour comes to town, you had better pay attention,” says the Kansas City Star. A MAC Chat follows the performance.

Ramsey Lewis
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
$49-$65
Presented in partnership with 90.9 FM WDCB

Ramsey Lewis, the iconic jazz great and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award winner, brings his 50th Anniversary performance, unforgettable sound and magnetic personality to the MAC.  He and his quartet will perform hits off Lewis’ newest album, “Ramsey, Taking Another Look” and old school classics with signature Chicago flair. A MAC Chat follows the performance.

Thodos Dance Chicago: “A Light in the Dark-The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan”
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
$40-$45

Chicago’s Melissa Thodos and Broadway’s Ann Reinking bring their an intimate one-act story-ballet based on “The Miracle Worker” to the MAC in a program that also features works from the company’s acclaimed repertoire. A MAC Chat with the company follows the performance.

In the Mood
Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m.
$48-$58

Much more than a concert, this fully staged musical revue celebrates America’s greatest generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other 1940s Swing-Era icons.

“Jolere”
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
$30

Inspired by the visual art work of Chicago artist René Romero Schuler “Jolere” explores women’s identity in modern society. Choreographed by Joanna Lees, co-founder of the Minneapolis Dance Company Alternative Motion Project (AMP), the work will be danced by five AMP dancers to original music composed by award-winning composer and COD Music Professor Lee Kesselman as performed by five musicians. A MAC Chat precedes the event.

New Philharmonic: “Dueling Pianos”
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.
$49

Award-winning pianists Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi go head to head, performing Poulenc’s ”Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor” on two intertwined pianos in a program that also includes guest soprano Pamela Hinchman sings Mahler’s “Das Himmlische Leben.”

Capitol Steps
Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m.
$42-$49

Everyone’s favorite group of ex-Washington staffers-turned-musical-comedy stars are sure to come with timely new material ripped fresh from the headlines of the 2016 Presidential Primary Season.

CLUB MAC: For Club MAC Performances, the MAC’s intimate Playhouse Theatre is transformed into an intimate cabaret setting with café tables, wine, and great artists.

Turtle Island Quartet
Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
$48 Table Seating | $45 Theater Seating

The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island quartet has been described by Yo-Yo Ma as “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” The group brings its signature groove-based rhythmic techniques to the MAC, including a brand-new work by co-founder and violinist David Balakrishnan.

Close to You, Music of the Carpenters
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m.
$45 Table Seating | $39 Theatre Seating

The Carpenters captured the hearts of a generation with their chart-topping love songs. Close to You brings these classics to Club MAC with spot-on renditions performed by Lisa Rock and her six-piece band. “If you close your eyes, you can see Karen Carpenter’s face,” says Around the Town Chicago.

Hot Club of San Francisco
Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.
$48 Table Seating | $45 Theater Seating

The San Francisco Chronicle raves “…one of the most cohesive and entertaining Gypsy Swing bands in the United States.”

“Bible Bingo”
Saturday, May 7, 8 p. m.; Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
$45 Table Seating | $38 Theater Seating

From the creator of “Late Night Catechism” comes a comedy about the Catholic culture of fundraising and bingo. The parish needs money and the Archdiocese has a new bingo department. Bring the two together and you have a night of bible trivia, audience interaction, improvised moments, and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you’ve ever seen.

Subscriptions are on sale now. To subscribe by purchasing tickets to three or more shows, call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000. Single tickets go on sale to the public in person at the Box Office Saturday Aug. 15, online at AtTheMAC.org Sunday, Aug.16 and by Box Office phone Tuesday, Aug. 18.