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
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>