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The Supremes’ Mary Wilson will star in Lena Horne tribute Nov. 17 at North Central College

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North Central College presents Mary Wilson of The Supremes on Nov. 17, starring in the multi-media tribute concert “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project.”

The concert featuring Horne biographer James Gavin as narrator begins at 8PM Sat., Nov. 17, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Tickets are $50 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

“Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project” is a “living, breathing, biography” that combines story, song and images from Gavin’s wealth of material about Horne to give a defining portrait of the singer and civil rights.

The story covers Horne from her Cotton Club glory days and the backlots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas. This behind-the-scenes look at an American icon is as much a story of American dream limitations as it is a masterful, groundbreaking biography.

This concert production is based on the celebrated book, “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne,” Gavin’s NAACP Image Award-nominated biography. The show features thrilling new musical arrangements by Emmy-winning composer Mike Renzi—who was Horne’s musical director—and Larry Dunlap, musical director for this production. Songs in this concert include “Stormy Weather,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Yesterday When I Was Young” and many others made popular by Horne.

This performance will feature accompaniment by The Larry Dunlap Trio with Dunlap on piano, Christopher Colangelo on bass and Kendall Kay on drums.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Photo of cover courtesy of North Central College

FYI: These upcoming performances are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

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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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