New Philharmonic Announces Streaming of 2020 John Williams and New Year’s Eve Concerts

By: Ann Fink

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New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, has announced exciting updates for the orchestra’s 2020 programming. “The Music of John Williams” and New Year’s Eve concert will be broadcast from the McAninch Arts Center, where the professional orchestra is in residence. In addition, New Philharmonic is adding a special “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony” concert that also will be streamed. All are paid ticketed events. Tickets are now on sale for all concerts atthemac.org.

“College of DuPage has decided that public events will not take place on campus in 2020 in response to COVID-19. We know now, more than ever, our fans are waiting with great anticipation for our new season to begin. Since the audience cannot come to the performances, we will bring the performances to the audience,” said Muspratt. “These will be full-scale, multi-camera productions. There will even be MAC Chat discussions and downloadable program copy.”

New Philharmonic opens its season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, with “The Music of John Williams.” With a cinematic career spanning more than six decades and honors including 24 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards, Williams is regarded as one of the greatest American composers of his time. This thrilling concert will include selections of his music from popular films ranging from “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial;” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind;” and “Jaws;” plus music from the Harry Potter, Superman and Star Wars series. This concert is sponsored by the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation.

New Philharmonic audiences have the opportunity to participate in the new program, “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. This concert will feature a festive selection of holiday favorites filled with everyone’s favorites including a Hanukkah medley. To make sure no one skips a beat, ticket purchasers will be emailed a song sheet of lyrics. New Philharmonic wraps up 2020 with a celebratory New Year’s Eve Concert at 2, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, featuring guest artist Alisa Jordheim (soprano). This concert is sponsored by Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C 

A special three-show $99-per-household subscription package currently is available and includes “The Music of John Williams,” New Year’s Eve and “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony” streamed concerts, plus a free subscription to West Suburban Living magazine. Anyone wishing to subscribe, may email themac@cod.edu, call (630) 942-3008 to leave a message for the MAC Box Office staff, or order online at atthemac.org.

At this time, New Philharmonic plans to resume in-person concerts in 2021 with the following previously announced programming.

  • “An Intimate Night of Opera and Broadway,” featuring four guest vocalists (to be announced) in a program of some of the best loved and most popular opera and Broadway musical works (Jan. 23-24).
  • “Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos,” featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos No. 1, No. 2 and 3 with guest pianist Wael Farouk (March 13-14).
  • “West Side Story in Concert,” featuring guest vocalists performing Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable score and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics (April 17-18).
  •  “A Salute to Frida” (May 15-16). This concert is in anticipation of the summer 2021 “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition.

The MAC staff is working hard in multiple capacities to ensure performance spaces will be a safe place for the community. Special procedures include offering the option of an empty seat between parties; providing all subscribers with a cloth mask; rigorous cleaning and sanitizing of the theaters, lobby and restrooms before and after each show; providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility; touchless patron tickets; emailing digital versions of the handbills to audience members in advance; allowing patrons to pre-order concessions and installation of safety screens at the box office and concessions; and marked spots in the MAC Lobby to encourage social distancing. For more information visit atthemac.org

“We will keep everyone informed of any adjustments to our 2021 programming as COVID-19 protocols develop. In the meantime, we can’t thank our audiences enough as it is they that make it possible for the music to keep playing,” said New Philharmonic Manager Paula Cebula.

For the most up-to-date performance information and performance updates, visit atthemac.org.

Events, dates, artists, prices, venues subject to change.