MAC Announces Free Starlight Summer Series

Lakeside Pavilion

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, announces the inaugural Summer 2014 Starlight Concert Series and Starlight Outdoor Movie Series at the new Lakeside Pavilion at College of DuPage. College President Dr. Robert L. Breuder invites the community to enjoy this free five-week inaugural season.

The Lakeside Pavilion, a tiered patio area located immediately south of the MAC, was constructed as part of the MAC’s 14-month, $35 million renovation completed in December 2013. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010.

“A concert or movie or theater event under the stars at the Lakeside Pavilion is just the ticket to help forget the rigors of this past winter, so we’ve created a series of events for this summer that will resonate with everyone and be something they will want to enjoy with family and friends,” said MAC director Diana Martinez.

The 2014 Starlight Summer Concert Series comes to the new Lakeside Pavilion Fridays, July 18 to Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Starlight Movie Series showcases a selection of films Thursdays, July 17 to Aug. 7 at 8:30 p.m. All Concert and Movie Series events are free of charge.

The 2014 Starlight Concert Series begins Friday, July 18, with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band American English.

The Dee Alexander Quartet is joined by special guests Ari Brown (sax), Corey Wilkes (trumpet)and Scott Hesse (guitar) in a double bill, two-set concert of gospel, blues, neo-soul, rhythm-and-blues and world music July 25.

The U.K.-based ABBA tribute band, Abbamania takes the stage Friday, Aug. 1, and the Grammy nominated The Holmes Brothers brings an evening of blues/roots music to the Lakeside Pavilion Stage Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

New Philharmonic, the professional resident symphony orchestra at the McAninch Arts Center under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt, caps the series with a pops concert of movie and Broadway musical favorites on Friday, Aug. 15.

Admission is free and all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The 2014 Starlight Movie Series begins Thursday, July 17, with Pixar’s beloved computer-animated comedy-adventure "Up" (2009; Rated PG) featuring the voices of Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer. The series continues on Thursday, July 24, with the Steven Spielberg blockbuster “ET, The Extra Terrestrial” (1982; Rated PG).

John Landis’ popular musical film “The Blues Brothers” (1980; Rated R) starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and Aykroyd’s and Harold Ramis’ paranormal hit “Ghostbusters” (1984; Rated PG) complete the series with screenings on July 31 and Aug. 7 respectively. Admission is free and all movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

The 2014 Starlight Theater Series opens with Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo” adapted by Christopher M. Walsh and staged by COD Director of Theater Connie Canaday Howard at the Lakeside Pavilion Thursday, July 3. Performances continue through July 13. Post-opening performances are Friday (no performance July 4), Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($9 for students and seniors). For tickets visit AtTheMAC.org or call (630) 942-4000. Families with young children will want to mark Saturday, July 5, 5 p.m. for a special free performance of “The Troll Booth” directed by COD Associate Professor of Theater Amelia Barrett.

All events take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the concert. Available for sale will be concessions including wine, beer, soda, delicious gourmet sandwiches, cheese & fruit plates and snacks for the kids. Outside alcohol, coolers, and kegs will not be permitted onto the property.

The Dee Alexander Quartet and special guests Ari Brown Corey Wilkes and Scott Hesse and The Holms Brothers are presented in partnership with 90.9 FM WDCB. 

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.