The MAC’s Lakeside Pavilion Summer Starlight Free Concert Series Continues in August

Lakeside Pavilion

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage continues its inaugural Summer 2014 Starlight Free Concert Series at the new Lakeside Pavilion in August with “Abbamania” (Aug. 1), the Grammy-nominated The Holmes Brothers (Aug. 8), and the New Philharmonic 60-piece professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt completes the series (Aug. 15). Admission to all concerts is free; all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Abbamania” (Friday, Aug. 1), considered the world’s #1 touring ABBA production, recreates the disco era of one of the best pop bands in history. “Abbamania” will perform everyone favorite ABBA's hits including Waterloo,” “Ma Ma Mia”and Dancing Queen,” complete with costume changes, choreography, the big studio sound and more. “Abbamania” is a show for all ages. And dancing in the aisles is highly encouraged.

The Holmes Brothers (Friday, Aug. 8) are famous for their extraordinary three-part vocal harmonies that mix gruff and gravelly vocals with soaring falsetto and rich baritone pitches. At this concert The Holmes Brothers will perform audience favorites plus works from their critically acclaimed new CD “Brotherhood” released this past April. “Brotherhood,” hailed by USA Today as “glorious…full of soul and surprises,” has been described as The Holmes Brothers’ most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, a proto rock ‘n’ roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with an amazing dose of Sunday morning spirit. This concert is presented in partnership with 90.9 FM WDCB Jazz & Blues Radio.

New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt (Friday, Aug. 15) will perform music from Broadway and the movies for the final concert of the summer 2014 Starlight Free Concert Series. The concert will feature works by Gershwin, Rossini, Strauss and Von Stuppe as well as themes from movies such as “Cocoon,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Forest Gump” and more. Also featured: a vocal performance by NP Young People’s Competition Winner and Glen Ellyn’s own Bryanna Sebring. NP’s Young People’s Competition took place this past May. Additional winners will be featured in upcoming NP 2014-2015 Season Concerts.

All concerts take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the concert. No outside alcohol will be permitted onto the property.

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

Concessions available to purchase on site will include soda, wine, beer, popcorn. ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza by Wheaton’s Copper Oven Pizza, and gourmet fare by Lisle’s Chef by Request including an imported cheese plate, beef tenderloin and turkey breast sandwiches, three-cheese tortellini with sundried tomato pesto and a seasonal fresh fruit plate. Concessions go on sale beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All Concert and Movie Series events are free of charge. For more information about any of these events, call (630) 942-4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The McAninch Arts Center (MAC), 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill., is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355 and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall, the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre and the versatile 70-seat black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the College’s academic programming and the 1,200 capacity outdoor Lakeside Pavilion. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons annually from the greater Chicago area.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor lakeside pavilion and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC completed the $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8, 2014.

The mission of the MACis 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. Learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

The MAC is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. 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 cod.edu/foundation or call (630) 942-2462.

For more information, please call Ann Fink, Carol Fox and Associates, (773) 327-3830, ext. 112 or annf@carolfoxassociates.com.