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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Art Talk – From Wentz they flow forth


Darkness and Light, an apt description of the evolving pandemic Zeitgeist, was also the theme of the first concert held at North Central College’s (NCC) Wentz Concert Hall in over 16 months. In September, DuPage Symphony Orchestra took the stage and played to a nearly sold-out audience in what served as a precursor to NCC’s Fine & Performing Arts 2021-2022 performance season.

Beginning in November and running through May, the recently-announced lineup features a variety of shows: Cabaret theater, art exhibits, and musical programs including classical, jazz, and rock performances. The season officially kicks off Sat., Nov. 5, 2021, with Plain White T’s, a Grammy-nominated multiplatinum Chicago quintet, in Pfeiffer Hall.

Those looking for a more intimate experience will find it on November 21 when Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael bring “re-Imagine The Beatles” to Madden Theatre, a 150-seat versatile performance space known for its Cabaret Series. The award-winning duo will add its innovative musical twist to the songs of The Fab Four, the most phenomenal music group in history.

December’s slate is filled with events to embrace the season, from a holiday jazz concert to the multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman returning for his annual seasonal tour “The Gift of Christmas.” Michael Bolton, a singer-songwriter-humanitarian recognized worldwide, will perform his greatest hits and holiday favorites in Pfeiffer Hall, just days before Elise Flagg Academy of Dance presents The Naperville Nutcracker.

The visual arts are also making a come-back as Schoenherr Gallery opens its doors on November 15 to an exhibit featuring the work of printmaker and activist Ben Blount. As an artist with a background in advertising and graphic design, he translates notions of American identity, race, and culture into message-based typography that provokes conversations with the viewers.

Jennifer Berosek, NCC’s coordinator of fine arts, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be able to share these incredibly talented artists with you, live and in person. We are in a unique and challenging time, but it is a joy to offer fine arts events together once more.”

For more information on performances, tickets, and season subscriptions, visit www.finearts.northcentralcollege.edu or call (630) 637-7469.

North Central College Fine & Performing Arts Center and Wentz Concert Hall are located at 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Please note at this time, masks are required to attend all in-person events on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

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Debbie Venezia
Debbie Veneziahttp://www.artsdupage.org
Debbie Venezia is the Director of Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation initiative. Contact her at debbie@dupagefoundation.org or visit www.artsdupage.org.

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