North Central College Fine and Performing Arts announced the 2022-2023 season with programming that includes new and familiar faces, youth theater events, student theater, and musical performances and cabarets.
Jim Peterik, Edwin McCain, Lee Greenwood and Darlene Love are some of the performers set to appear this season.
Love, famous for the holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” will appear Dec. 3 as part of the Home for the Holidays series. Rounding out the series, Norwegian all-female brass band tenThing Brass Ensemble perform international holiday favorites on December 4 and Ted Vigil pays tribute to John Denver on December 15.
The rock and pop series kicks off with Grammy-winning Jim Peterik’s World Stage on September 24, followed by a cappella band Naturally 7 on October 20, singer-songwriter Edwin McCain on November 12 and Red Hot Chili Pipers on March 24. , 2023.
The Blues, R&B and Jazz series begins October 8 with blues guitarist Davy Knowles, Forever Motown on Deb. 18, and the Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama (12 Moods for Jazz) with the Ron McCurdy Quartet on February 25, 2023.
The Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. kicks off the Country, Folk and Classical series on January 15, 2023, followed by opera singer Denyce Graves on February 5, husband and wife violinist duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy on March 11 and ending on May 19 with American country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood.
Singer Tammy McCann, 2020 Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz, performs her show, “Legendary Ladies of Jazz” on January 22, 2023, to kick off the cabaret series. She followed on March 5 with Brian Lynch’s show, “The Road to Les Miz,” and jazz singer Alyssa Allgood on May 21.
TheaterWorksUSA will offer three shows in the Youth and Family Series; beginning with “The Lightning Thief: Theater for Young Audiences Edition” on October 9, “The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System” on February 4, 2023, and “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School” on April 22. Also, Fairy Tales on Ice is April 2.
Other notable shows include the annual Explore the Sound concert on November 18, the Winter Choral Festival on February 22, 2023, and the long-running Chords for Kids concert on March 4.
The North Central College Theater will present six shows this season; including “Constellations” from October 6-9, “Next to Normal” from December 1-4, and “Renascence” from February 16-19, 2023.
Tickets for individual performances and season passes are on sale now.
Performance information is subject to change. Call 630-637-7469 or go to northcentralcollege.edu/show throughout the season to purchase tickets and check for updates.
Annie Alleman is a freelance writer for the Naperville Sun.