New Philharmonic to Open 2013-14 Season with AMADEUS! Concerts at Wheaton's Gary United Methodist Church, 10/19-20

New Philharmonic (NP) and Maestro Kirk Muspratt, will open their 2013-2014 season with two "Amadeus!" concerts at Wheaton's Gary United Methodist Church (224 N. Main St.) Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. To order tickets, call (630) 942-4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org.

"These concerts will be our last 'On the Road' concerts before we return to the MAC to christen the newly renovated main stage space with our annual New Year's Eve Pops concert," says Muspratt, who marks his 10th year with NP this season. "All of us at NP are thrilled to have the phenomenal wunderkind Nadia Azzi join us for these concerts featuring two masterworks of one of the greatest classical music composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart." At the concert Muspratt will treat audiences to one of Kirk's Klassical Bootkamps, exploring what Mozart was trying to say with these works composed before the brilliant composer's untimely death at age 35.

14-year-old Nadia Azzi, who made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 11, will join NP and Maestro Muspratt for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, the last piano concerto penned by Mozart, considered by many to be one of music's most perfect architectural structures with simplicity only Mozart could create. The evening will also feature Mozart's high energy Symphony No. 41 in C major, "Jupiter," the last symphony that Mozart composed, and also his longest.

Tickets are $42 Adult / $40 Senior / $32 Youth. To order tickets, call (630) 942-4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org

New Philharmonic is a fully-professional, 80-member orchestra that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.

New Philharmonic is a professional ensemble in residence at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and performs a complete season annually. Their 2013-2014 season includes "Amadeus!" at Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St, Wheaton, Ill. (Oct. 19- 20); "Viennese Pops New Year's Eve Celebration with an International Twist" at the MAC (Dec. 31) and "The Ultimate Rebel - Ludwig Van!" at the MAC (April 12-13).

New Philharmonic is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. 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 and the New Philharmonic Fund, visit.cod.edu/foundation or call 630-942-3008.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces (the 800-seat proscenium Performance Hall, the 195-seat soft-thrust Playhouse space; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and classrooms for the college's academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes each season more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three major performance spaces, construct the new Cleve Carney Art Gallery and make improvements in Patron Service areas. Renovations will also address significant infrastructure needs, improve several academic program areas and include a one-story addition. Scheduled completion date is December 2013. The project will cost $35 million and is funded by the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. Other College of DuPage projects covered by the referendum include the renovation of the Physical Education Center, Student Resource Center and Seaton Computing Center, and construction of the Campus Maintenance Center.

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.

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