New Philharmonic Completes 2016-17 Season With ENCORE! At the MAC, 4/8-9

New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, completes its 2016-2017 season at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., with "Encore!" featuring CSO Assistant Concert Master and Guest Violinist David Taylor Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m. There will be a free MAC Chat beginning one hour prior to each performance.

The program will open with New Philharmonic performing Ambroise Thomas' (1811-1896) rousing Rossini-esque"Raymond Overture." Then guest violinist David Taylor comes to the stage for Édouard Lalo's (1823-1892) Spanish-themed "Symphonie Espagnole," Op.21.

Taylor joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster in 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he first studied violin with his father beginning at the age of 4, and later continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later studied at the Juilliard School, where he received both bachelor and master's degrees. He became a member of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1974 as a first violinist. With the Chicago Symphony he has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with Sir Georg Solti. He also has served as acting-concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony and Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. Taylor is the Concertmaster of the ArsViva Chamber Orchestra. As a lover of chamber music he often performs in recitals and solo performances in the Chicagoland area, at Ravinia and on 98.7 WFMT. He performs often with the Pressenda Trio with fellow CSO cellist Gary Stucka and pianist Andrea Swan and is a frequent soloist with the region's local orchestras. He teaches privately, at the Moody Bible Institute and at Roosevelt University. A frequent coach of orchestral violinists he has students in orchestras across the U.S. and Japan. He plays a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1744.

Following intermission, New Philharmonic returns to the stage for Charles-Camille Saint Saens' Symphony No. 3, Op 78 in C minor (also known as the Organ Symphony) showcasing the MAC's new Allen Chapel CF-15 DK organ as played by John W. W. Sherer, acclaimed organist and director of Music for The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

In conjunction with NP's ongoing commitment to showcase some of the area's most talented youth, two young musicians will take the stage in post-intermission spotlight performances. On April 8, Amelia Korbitz, a 10th grader at Downers Grove North High School will perform Bartok's "Rumanian Folk Dances" Mvmts. 1, 5 and 6; and on April 9, Grace Kim, a 10th grader at Naperville's Neuqua Valley High School will perform Saint Saens "Violin Concerto No. 3", Mvmt. 1. On their respective dates, each girl will be able to sit in alongside a New Philharmonic musician? in the second violin section for the last movement of the Organ Symphony for mini side-by-side experience.

New Philharmonic, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, had its first concert in November 1977 under the baton of Harold Bauer when an orchestra of 24 carefully auditioned musicians performed for a capacity audience of 330 in the Building M "open space" on west campus. Maestro Kirk Muspratt took over the artistic reins when Bauer retired in 2004. Today, under Muspratt's direction, New Philharmonic consists of more than 60 professional musicians and performs more than a dozen concerts a year, reaching more than 7,500 patrons from the greater Chicago area annually. In addition, for each the past three years, 98.7 WFMT Radio has broadcast one of New Philharmonic New Year's Eve performances, allowing listeners around the world to have the opportunity to enjoy New Philharmonics music.

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New Philharmonic completes its 2016-2017 season at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., with "Encore!" featuring CSO Assistant Concert Master and Guest Violinist David Taylor Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m. Tickets are $49; $47 senior/youth. A limited number of $10 student tickets are available with valid student ID. There will be a free MAC Chat beginning one hour prior to each performance.. To order concert tickets or for more information, call 630.942.4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org.


New Philharmonic is grateful for season support provided by Terrence J. Taylor and Maureen Sullivan TaylorBrookdale-Glen Ellyn; The JCS Arts & Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Smith Financial Advisors, Inc;; WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

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 236-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, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, 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 MAC is 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.



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