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Fall 2015 Season

Guitar Festival
In response to our audience’s hunger for more guitar music, we have put together a fantastic repertoire of gifted guitar players. This premier two-day musical event showcases the best in guitar artistry from some of the country’s best classical guitar musicians. From old friends who have graced our stages in prior seasons, to new faces, the festival has something for every guitar lover. We’re also adding guitar workshops.

Friday, September 25

  • Technique Workshop with Benjamin Verdery
    2 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    Free admission
  • Concert featuring Roddy Ellias and Gene Bertoncini
    8 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    $8 general admission; $5 students and seniors

Saturday, September 26

  • Technology Workshop with Chris Carrington
    12 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    Free admission
  • Improvisational Workshop with Roddy Ellias
    1:30 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    Free admission
  • Music Business Discussion with Michael Gulezian
    3 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    Free admission
  • Arrangement Workshop with Gene Bertoncini
    4:30 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    Free admission
  • Concert featuring Michael Gulezian and Benjamin Verdery and special guest Billy Dean
    8 p.m.
    Studio One, Des Plaines
    $8 general admission; $5 students and seniors

 

Late, A Cowboy Song (Staged Reading)
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Laura Sturm
An early script from one of America’s most prolific living playwrights, Late focuses on Mary, a woman who desperately sees the western sunset—and mythos—as an escape from her life of absurdity. Western icons enhance this kitschy, modern tale of love and longing for three people who want something better out of life.
Saturday, October 3, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Jason A. Fleece
See one of the most infamous Biblical characters in a whole new light. Set in purgatory, expert testimony is heard both for and against the world’s ultimate betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Witness Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud, Mary Magdalene, and Satan recount their version of Judas’ final days, and weave an intricate tale of the beauty, turmoil, and fear of being human. Written by the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Between Riverside and Crazy, and The Mother *****r with the Hat, this play is a hilarious and heartfelt look at what it means to be human based on what you believe—and don’t. 
Thursday, October 8 ($5 preview), 8 p.m.
Friday, October 9, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; $8 group rate

 

Jazz Lounge
Jump and jive with select members of the Oakton Jazz Band for a fun night with some cool cats. Under the direction of Robert Evans, the Jazz Combo also features impressive improvisation skills. Refreshments served after the program.
Friday, October 23, 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
$5 general admission; $3 students and seniors

 

The Art of Music/The Music of Art
Experience the best of Oakton’s art and music students—all in one place! See the latest 2D, 3D, and photographic art Oakton students are creating, while listening to musical combo favorites in a picturesque setting.
Friday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

Doug Montgomery
Longtime favorite piano master, Doug Montogmery has delighted audiences at Oakton and throughout the world for more than 30 years. A native of Chicago and graduate of Maine East High School, Montgomery performs a diverse collection of pop, classic, and rock tunes for an unforgettable evening of music and merriment.
Saturday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$14 general admission; $12 students and seniors; $10 groups

 

Keely and Du
By Jane Martin
Directed by Veronda Carey
Winner of the American Critics Association Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Keely and Du is a passionate discovery of domestic violence, accountability, and extremism. Keely is pregnant from a rape and has been kidnapped from outside an abortion clinic, while Du is the masked nurse brought in by right-to-life kidnappers to take care of her. Your sympathies will switch sides again and again as lines blur in this rollercoaster examination of some of America’s most red-hot issues.
Thursday, November 12, 8 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 8 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups

 

Anything Goes Musical Brunch
Let’s Misbehave and Waltz Down the Aisle to the beat of this musical brunch! This year’s “nautical cruise” theme features classics and Broadway songs from Oakton music instructor, Eileen Berman. Fans know—It’s De-Lovely! Reservations required. No discounts apply.
Sunday, November 15, 1 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$25 general admission, includes brunch buffet.

 

Pop Up Film Festival
Oakton’s second annual film festival explores the work of regional and national filmmakers, followed by a discussion with Oakton film instructors and special guests. After the success of last year’s sold-out events, expect great things. Put this festival on your must-do list.
Tuesday, December 1 - Friday, December 4
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

The Winter Noteworthy Festival
Throw off the winter blues and join us in the Footlik Theater as students take the next step in their musical education. Our week-long festival highlights talented student musicians and gives them the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

  • Guitar Ensemble
    Just when you thought Oakton couldn’t fit in any more great guitar music in one semester! This guitar ensemble includes selections ranging from modern to classic, with several unique selections and an original composition. Students perform under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.
    Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
  • String Ensemble
    Under the direction of Daniel Golden, instructor of strings, the ensemble always provides audiences with beautiful music and some special surprises along the way. Great music and a little theatricality make this recital a favorite each semester.
    Monday, December 7, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
    Take Note Conversation, 7:30 p.m.*
  • Vocal Recital
    Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a member of Oakton’s music faculty, perform solos and duets. Audience favorites from Broadway, opera, classical, and contemporary songbooks fill this recital with a little something for everyone.
    Wednesday, December 9, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
  • Choral Recital
    Just in time for the holidays, the Oakton Choir presents a wonderfully warm collection of seasonal, classical, Broadway, and contemporary songs performed by the Oakton Community Choir, directed and conducted by Eileen Berman.
    Thursday, December 10, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
  • Jazz Invasion
    The award-winning Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Evans, performs a hot selection of jazz to get your toes tapping. Styles from blues to swing, bebop to Afro-Cuban jazz, and cool jazz to jazz-funk are featured. Several members are featured soloists, and each song includes historical notes and pictures.
    Friday, December 11, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission; $3 students and seniors

    Take Note Conversation, 7:30 p.m.*


*Take Note Conversations
Learn why a particular piece was selected for of a concert—or why it's performed in a certain way. Join Oakton Jazz Band director and woodwind instructor Robert Evans for Take Note—pre-concert discussions about the music featured in Oakton’s String Ensemble and Jazz Band concerts. This twist on the Noteworthy Festival gives you the inside scoop and a new performance perspective.
December 7 and 11, 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center Lobby, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

Speaker Showcase
Don’t miss Oakton’s best speech students and speech team members as they present the finest of the semester’s public speaking elocutions. Join director, Bob Gynn as our students showcase their presentation skills on topics from educational to inspiring to comedic.
Tuesday, December 8, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

OMG Improv
Get ready to split your sides in laughter as Oakton’s stellar student improvisation group takes the stage by storm. Straight from the boards of some of Chicago’s most popular comedy venues, OMG Improv plays all the classic games where you—the audience—get to drive the decisions and fill-in-the-blanks for improv hilarity.
Saturday, December 12, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups


Coming in Spring 2016

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Seascape by Edward Albee
Third by Wendy Wasserstein
Six Piano Ensemble, conducted by Glenna Sprague