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Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor
 
New Philharmonic: 2014 YOUNG PEOPLE'S COMPETITION
Showcasing the talents of our local young people
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New Philharmonic 2013-2014 Season – Coming Home!

New Philharmonic’s journey of performing “On the Road” comes to an end following an evening of Mozart’s last great masterpieces performed in the beautiful Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton.  Then join us as we return home to the newly renovated MAC for the remaining two concerts of the season. Ring in 2014 with the popular New Year’s Eve Viennese’s Pops Concert and help us christen the MAC’s Mainstage in April with two of Beethoven’s most invigorating symphonies ever written.

We invite you to celebrate with us as we present a season filled with Classical Masterpieces, Symphony Favorites and New Beginnings!
 
 

Events

August 15
FREE CONCERT FRIDAY: New Philharmonic
Pops concert featuring music from the movies and Broadway.
 
 
New Philharmonic Photo 

About New Philharmonic

Thirty six years ago College of DuPage embarked on the bold and visionary experiment of sponsoring under its umbrella professional level organizations in the performing arts. Today that vision continues to flourish. Under Harold Bauer’s direction New Philharmonic and DuPage Opera Theatre formed and were followed in subsequent years by New Classic Singers, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and Arts Center Jazz Ensemble. This venture was, of course, in addition to the large quantity of student/community activity in the arts.

Since its first concert in November 1977, when an orchestra of 24 carefully auditioned musicians performed for a capacity audience of 330 in the Building M “open space” on west campus, New Philharmonic has grown and thrived. Now under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt, the orchestra numbers between 55 and 65 players, depending on the repertoire, and performs for between 1,200 and 1,500 people per concert pair in the beautiful McAninch Arts Center. The college provides substantial in-kind support. Funding comes from ticket sales, corporate and individual donations, grants, the Illinois Arts Council, and from the college’s Student Activities Fund.
 

New Philharmonic Season asks for community support

College of DuPage has announced that it will present a 2013-2014 New Philharmonic season while the McAninch Arts Center continues renovations. Read more>
 
Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt's recent interview on WBEZ Radio. 
Maestro Muspratt was a featured guest on WBEZ's Morning Shift and spoke about the orchestra’s attempt to bring in new audiences, and to its plea to patrons to help out with a little more financial support. The 12 minute segment features recordings of the New Philharmonic and an up-to-date status of the future of the orchestra. Listen>

College of DuPage Board Presentation – MAC 2014
Stephen Cummins,  former Director of the MAC presented to the College of DuPage Board of Trustees an overview of the McAninch Arts Center. This presentation was intended to be a short and concise view of the MAC: its history, operation and plans for the future. View video>

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