McAninch Arts Center Announces 2017-2018 Performance Series

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By Ann Fink

The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Season Performance Series.

Subscriptions are on sale now for an exciting selection of music, dance, theater, comedy and literary events showcasing a roster of world-class artists. Single tickets go on sale in person at the MAC Box Office Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

“This season we’ve put together a very exciting and culturally intriguing array of artists and ensembles for our Performance Series,” said MAC Director Diana Martinez.”Add to that the incredible new seasons our resident companies Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and New Philharmonic have created and you have nine full months of must-see events with something for everyone."

Highlights of MAC’s 2017-2018 Performance Series include: “Tuesdays with Morrie” starring “M*A*S*H” star Jamie Farr (Sept. 30); “LIV ON,” an exciting new project by Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, with Nashville based singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and Canadian pop singer-songwriter Amy Sky (Oct. 14);“Take Me to the River LIVE: A Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue” featuring Grammy Award-winners William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush (Nov. 5); a talk by PBS celebrity chef and acclaimed author Lidia Bastianich (Nov. 9); the Chicago premiere of a new show by tap dance legend Savion Glover (Nov. 26); and concerts by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti (Jan. 20); “¡Cubanismo!”featuring Cuban jazz great Jesús Alemañy with his all-star orchestra (Feb. 18); and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Rosanne Cash (April 14).

New Philharmonic opens its 2017-2018 Season with “Mahler 5” featuring Mahler’s most famous work, (Sept. 23-24). Four guest vocalists and the 100 voices of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Chorus join New Philharmonic and Maestro Muspratt for three performances of “The Best of Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” (Oct. 21 and Oct. 22). For the holidays, audiences will have the opportunity to once again enjoy Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed live by New Philharmonic (Dec. 16-17). Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center alumnus Corey Crider(baritone) joins New Philharmonic for three celebratory New Year’s Eve Concert performances (Dec. 31) and January brings Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera “La Traviata” (Jan. 27-28) starring critically acclaimed soprano Emily Birsan as Violetta. “Beethoven: Five Piano Concertos – One Pianist,” New Philharmonic’s final concert of the season, will bea rare opportunity to experience all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in a single three-hour concert program (April 7-8).

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s 2017-2018 three-play season will open with the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play “The 39 Steps, by John Buchan and adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock’s popular film, directed by BTE ensemble member Kurt Naebig (Sept. 7-Oct. 8). BTE opens 2018 with the thought provoking play “Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies and directed by BTE artistic director Connie Canaday Howard (Feb. 1-March 4). The romantic comedy/drama “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Steve Scott completes the season. (May 3 - June 3). All performances take place in the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre.

Other programming at the MAC includes the return of encore broadcasts of the critically acclaimed National Theatre Live film series, Sept 14-March 8, plus the return of the popular Global Flicks free international film series, SchoolStage performances for pre-school through high school age students, and more than 30 College performances in music, dance and theater, seven exhibitions of visual art at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and new this year—a series of National Geographic Live events.  Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Select 2017-2018 events will be accompanied by a free pre- or post-performance MAC Chat, providing the opportunity to engage with artists and learn more about their work. For many shows, theatergoers can enhance their evening by adding on a “VIP Experience,” a private pre-show cocktail and hors d’euvres reception followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. Parking for MAC events is always free.

Subscriptions are on sale now. To subscribe by purchasing tickets to three or more shows, call the MAC Box Office at (630) 942-4000. Single tickets go on sale to the public in person at the MAC Box Office at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5; online at at midnight Sunday, Aug. 6, or by phone at noon Sunday, Aug. 6.

In advance of the 2017-2018 season, the MAC presents its 2017 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 6 to Aug. 11 and includes a Friday evening Pop Music Series, a Thursday evening Jazz Concert Series and Thursday evening Family Movie Series. For updates and more information, visit

The MAC’s 2017-2018 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Hilton  Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

New Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 Season is made possible in part with support by Brookdale Glen Ellyn, Smith Financial Advisors Inc., Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

McAninch Arts Center 2017 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series is made possible in part with support from College of DuPage, WDCB 90.9 FM and the COD Foundation. The appearance of The Magic of Motown is sponsored by Follett’s College of DuPage Bookstore.

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, visit or call (630) 942-2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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