North Central College Fine and Performing Arts

Upcoming Events

Mercury: A Story Celebrating Freddie Mercury’s Life and Music
Music, Performance Art
Sep 14, 2019
If you enjoyed Rami Malek’s Oscar winning performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody” then you must see, “Mercury: A Story Celebrating Freddie Mercury’s Life and Music.” Mercury’s “story” is told by all five cast members as they help the audience get to know the rock legend. “We’re here to tell a story, about fame, decadence, triumph and tragedy. About a man who had it all and could never have enough! It’s a story about music that made the world shake, stomp, chant, and cheer. It’s a story about a man who helped a generation learn to rock!” Bohemian Rhapsody is the #1 Music- Biopic in the world. US sales are at 200 million and 600 million worldwide and it’s the #1 film in the world in the Gay & Lesbian film genre. This is a story about Freddie’s life and music, and it’s intimate, personal and more “operatic.” Freddie’s dream album was “Barcelona” because he loved opera and always wanted to perform with Montserrat Caballe. Opera singers Terry Barber and Grace Field perform “Barcelona” in the show. “Mercury” stars international opera star Terry Barber, a former member of the two-time Grammy Award winning group “Chanticleer.” His most recent album, was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and he’s considered the world’s best countertenor with a four octave range (like Freddie) and has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall, and at Carnegie Hall. Barber’s voice can be heard on every major record label with a variety of artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic.
Venue: Pfeiffer Hall
Pricing: $40, $30, $20
A $4 online processing fee is included for all tickets purchased online. Tickets ordered less than 10 days in advance will be held in Will Call. All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.
An Evening with Jazz Pianist Chris White
Classic, Music, Performance Art
Sep 20, 2019
Pianist Chris White hails from Toronto, Canada. After obtaining a bachelors degree in English from the University of Toronto, he decided to focus his studies entirely on music. While pursuing his master’s degree in jazz studies from Indiana’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music, he performed with the Bloomington Symphony, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and Oliver Nelson, Jr. In 2010, he completed his doctoral of musical arts in jazz performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, White works as a freelance musician in Chicago. He has recorded two CDs, “Young at Heart” and “Tributaries.” Currently a faculty member of the Shell Lake Improvisation and Combo Camp, he also served on the faculty of the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp. Joining White for this concert will be fellow members of the College’s highly-esteemed jazz studies program. This season’s jazz series is co-presented by Flashpoint Creative Arts, whose goal is to promote greater understanding of and participation in the art of improvisation with innovative artistic and educational experiences that draw people more deeply into the improvisatory process.
Venue: Madden Theatre
Pricing: $22, $17
A $4 online processing fee is included for all tickets purchased online. Tickets ordered less than 10 days in advance will be held in Will Call. All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Event Date:
Friday, September 20, 2019 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Classic, Music
Oct 19, 2019
Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. Born in Los Angeles, the future trumpeter came of age in a house filled with music. At the age of eight, he was drawn to the trumpet in a music appreciation class in his elementary school. “I was very fortunate that I had that exposure to music and was encouraged to stick with it. Years ago, when the arts programs were cut out of our public schools, so many kids stopped having that kind of opportunity.” A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him 5 #1 hits, 9 GRAMMY Awards, the latest from his 2014 album, “Steppin’ Out,” 15 Gold albums, 14 Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10 — and five in the Top 20. Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single. Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer, Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. She left behind her city roots in Chicago and, for 5 years, performed throughout the world. While Hall’s singing career took her on the road, she also focused on her writing — committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sergio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Hall to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. In 1966, A&M Records signed Brasil ’66 and Lani met her future husband, music legend, Herb Alpert, who is also the co-founder of A&M Records. Herb and Lani married in 1973.
Venue: Wentz Concert Hall
Pricing: $60, $50
A $4 online processing fee is included for all tickets purchased online. Tickets ordered less than 10 days in advance will be held in Will Call. All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Event Date:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm
An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz
Classic, Music
Nov 01, 2019

Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz has gained a reputation as an outstanding professional mallet percussionist, both onstage and in the studio. Stirtz’s music career has spanned the globe, with concerts …

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood “Scared Scriptless”
Nov 23, 2019

Armed with only their wits, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re. . . Scared Scriptless. …

7th Annual Jazz Faculty Christmas Concert
Children’s/Family, Holiday, Music
Dec 06, 2019

Members of North Central College’s internationally-acclaimed jazz faculty will present their seventh annual Christmas Concert. The concert will feature a collection of well-known holiday favorites with a jazz …

The Texas Tenors “Deep in the Heart of Christmas”
Holiday, Music
Dec 08, 2019

With their Emmy Award-winning PBS special now airing across the country, and Billboard chart-topping albums, it’s easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America’s favorite new tenors. …

Robin Spielberg’s “Spirit of the Holidays Sing-A-Long”
Holiday, Music
Dec 14, 2019

“Music smoothes the rough edges of life,” says Robin Spielberg in a recent interview. “It speaks to us when words fail and expresses our deepest emotions.” Ms. Spielberg …

Canadian Brass
Holiday, Music
Dec 14, 2019

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” Friends …

An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis
Jan 10, 2020

One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Art Davis has had a varied career. He toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member …

Chicago Sinfonietta
Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan 19, 2020

Sinfonietta traditions meld with impactful social issues during one of its most stirring MLK Tribute Concert to date! Take part in a poignant musical conversation between CS Assistant …

Jim Peterik’s World Stage
Jan 25, 2020

Over the length of JIM PETERIK’S spectacular Career, he has worked with and developed lasting relationships with a long list of fellow (and remarkably talented) artists. Eighteen years …

An Evening with Jazz Bassist Kelly Sill and Drummer Jack Mouse
Jan 31, 2020

orth Central College presents “Revenge of the Rhythm Section,” featuring two members of the College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, drummer Jack Mouse and bassist Kelly Sill. Mouse began playing …

Russian National Ballet presents
Children’s/Family, Dance
Feb 08, 2020

The Russian National Ballet has been bringing timeless ballet classics to the stages of North America since 1999. Founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in …

An Evening with Jazz Vocalist Janice Borla
Feb 14, 2020

Janice Borla has made it her artistic mission to use her voice as a true jazz instrument – and that resolve is evident in all aspects of her …

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston starring Belinda Davids
Music, Performance Art
Feb 16, 2020

For accomplished South African songstress Belinda Davids, her role in The Greatest Love of All starring Belinda Davids is a serendipitous culmination to her life-long connection with Whitney …

An Evening with the North Central College Big Band
Music, Performance Art
Feb 28, 2020

he NCC Jazz Faculty Concert Series will once again be offering an exciting concert for the 2019-20 series. On Friday, February 28, 2020 we will be presenting the …

ArtsPower presents
Chicken Dance
Feb 29, 2020

very barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two …

The Subdudes
Music, Performance Art
Mar 14, 2020

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation …

Performance Art
Runs Mar 20Mar 29, 2020

Call us at 630-637-7469 or buy your tickets Here

Venue: Madden Theatre
171 E. Chicago Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

30 N. Brainard St.
Naperville IL 60540
630-637-SHOW (7469)
North Central College is a fine and performing arts destination for the entire Chicago area, steps from vibrant downtown Naperville. Our range of venues accommodates a variety of performance types with a state-of-the-art concert hall to a black box experimental theatre to a theatre-in-the-round to art exhibit space. We invite you to experience any performance scheduled at one of our exceptional venues to see for yourself what everyone is talking about. Venues: Wentz Concert Hall Madden Theatre Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall Pfeiffer Hall Tickets:
Connect With Us:

Send this to a friend