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Five for Fighting to rock North Central College in September


Five for Fighting will rock North Central College with a Sept. 27 performance.

The performance is on the eve of the 2012 Ryder Cup, an international golf event that will draw thousands of fans to the Chicago area’s Medinah Country Club starting Sept. 28.

Five for Fighting is the artist name for celebrated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. Born in California to a musical family, Ondrasik was just two years old when he started playing piano, later adding guitar. His debut album, “Message for Albert,” was released in 1997, and his breakthrough came in 2001 with the release of the platinum album “America Town” that included the Grammy-nominated song “Superman.” Already climbing the charts prior to 9/11, “Superman” went on to have a life of his own, becoming a song of healing for the nation.

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Ondrasik’s relationship with 9/11 survivors and families has led to life-changing experiences and celebrated philanthropic work for the singer, who has performed concerts for U.S. service men and women USO concerts around the world. Five for Fighting’s popular songs include “100 Years,” “World” and “Freedom Never Cries.”

Five for Fighting’s new album “Slice” is co-written by Ondrasik and Academy Award-winning composer Steven Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” “Pippin.”) Ondrasik says the songs are stories of friends, family members and American service men and women set to music filled with the spirit of the great songs of his youth.

“Every round I try to write the best songs I can, and perhaps step out of the box a bit,” he says. “To me, records are about offering my worldview while providing sentiments to which people may attach themselves or escape into.”

Five for Fighting performs at 8PM Thurs., September 27, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $65, $55 and $50; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to learn more.


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