New Philharmonic, the professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Centerat College of DuPage, opens 2021 with “A Night of Broadway and Opera” premiering at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23. The concert, conducted by Maestro Kirk Muspratt and pre-recorded outside this past October at the MAC’s Lakeside Pavilion, will feature four acclaimed guest artists performing works from some of the best-loved Broadway musicals and operas. “A Night of Broadway and Opera” will continue to be available on demand through Feb. 28.
“The program begins with some of the most popular and loved opera tunes of the late 19th century,” Maestro Muspratt said. “We then work our way into the early 20th century with operetta - the genre that eventually became our American musical -, and end up on ‘The Great White Way’ of Broadway with fantastic music of Richard Rogers, Marvin Hamlisch and Andrew Lloyd Webber.”
Joining New Philharmonic for “A Night of Broadway and Opera” are guest artists Alisa Jordheim (soprano), Kate Tombaugh (mezzo-soprano), Jesse Donner (tenor) and Bill McMurray (bass/baritone). The first half of the program will feature selections from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “La Boheme,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delila,” Lehar’s “Merry Widow” and Herbert’s “Mlle. Modiste.” The second half will include works from Berlin’s “This is the Army,” Rogers and Hart’s “Allegro,” Herman’s “Hello Dolly,” “I Have a Dream” from Schönberg’s “Les Misérables,” Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” and “Sunset Boulevard,” and Hamlisch’s “The Way We Were” and “A Chorus Line.”
Additional spring 2021 New Philharmonic concerts include “Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos,” featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos No. 1, No. 2 and 3, performed by guest pianist Wael Farouk; and “A Salute to Frida,” a concert celebrating the Hispanic heritage of Frida Kahlo. Both spring concerts will be pre-recorded and available for streaming beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, and Saturday, May 15, respectively. Both then will be available to view on demand from their premiere date through June 15.
Due to popular demand, New Philharmonic is happy to announce its season opener, “The Music of John Williams,” is available on demand now through Feb. 28. 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 pre-recorded concert, originally streamed Oct. 23, includes selections of his music from popular films “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Jaws;” as well as music from the Harry Potter, Superman and Star Wars series. This concert is sponsored by the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation.
Tickets for New Philharmonic’s spring streamed concerts are on sale now. Tickets for individual concerts are $40 per concert per household. A special three-concert package also is available for $99.
The encore online offering of “The Music of John Williams,” on demand through Feb. 28, is $40 per household.