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2014 Season

Music In Person Series: Alex de Grassi
Grammy-nominated classical and jazz guitarist Alex de Grassi, who helped lay the foundation for contemporary finger-style guitar, delivers a rare Chicagoland concert at Oakton’s Performing Arts Center. Join this world-renowned artist for a master class in his unique finger styling—and stay for his concert. Whether you’re a guitar player yourself, or just a fan, don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear guitar legend Grassi, whose style is described by Billboard Magazine as “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention.”  
Friday, September 26, 8 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $5 students and seniors

Master Class
Enjoy a unique opportunity to work with and learn from this talented artist! For more information, contact Tom Clippert at or 847.376.7004.
Friday, September 26, 3 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
Free Admission


The Underpants (A Staged Reading)
By Carl Sternhelm; Adaptation by Steve Martin
Directed by Timothy Edward Kane
The hilarious Steve Martin’s adaptation of the 1910 German farce Die Hose lampoons class and the ups-and-downs of marriage. The whole town is talking about Louise’s underpants, which fell down at the annual parade—much to the dismay of her prudish husband, who is only trying to keep his government job and rent the upstairs room. Laughs take center stage as two would-be renters show up with ulterior motives and suitcases filled with hilarity. Be forewarned—clever words and lambasting language will leave you in stitches.
Saturday, October 4, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission 


Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage    
Directed by Kathleen Carot
The year is 1905. New York City resident Esther, an African-American spinster, sews exquisite lingerie for both Fifth Avenue wives and Tenderloin District prostitutes. And while her skills give her a rare level of economic independence, she is painfully lonely. But life changes when Esther falls for a Barbadian laborer who woos her with long-distance love letters. Full of heartbreak and gentle humor, playwright Lynn Nottage has stitched together a genuinely American tale of a woman shaped by gender, race, and class—who is working for a better life.
Thursday, October 9, 8 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, October 10, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 12, 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 16, 8 p.m.
Friday, October 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; $8 group rate


Jazz Lounge
Get toasty with select members of the Oakton Jazz Band in a unique space overlooking beautiful Lake Oakton. Robert Evans directs an evening of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Mike Tomaro, and Dave Wolpe. Oakton’s Jazz Combo also showcases its improvisation skills. Refreshments served after the program.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center Lobby, Des Plaines
$5 general admission; $3 students and seniors


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jacksonl
Book by Alex Timbers
Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Jason A. Fleece
Performed in the dirty rock cavern that was once Studio One, don’t miss this experiential musical from the team that brought you last season’s Sweeney Todd. Who was the only president to fight in three wars and be held as a prisoner of war? Which president fought in—and won—the most duels? Survived an assassination attempt? Launched the Democratic Party? Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rock-n-roll comedy about the man who shaped the way our political system works today: the people’s president, the American Lion, America’s Raging Id, Old Hickory, the hunter from Kentucky … BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups


Life is a Cabaret Musical Brunch
Master vocalist Eileen Berman and friends welcome you with great music and delicious food—set against the backdrop of Oakton’s gorgeous autumnal woods. Celebrate the season with a medley of songs, opera arias, and duets by composers ranging from Mozart to Gershwin—as well as perennial favorites from Cabaret, Carousel, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Sunday, November 16, 1 p.m.
TenHoeve Center, Des Plaines
$25, includes brunch buffet. No discounts apply. Reservations required.


The Art and Music of Nature
A delightful collection of student work celebrating the colors and beauty of autumn. Experience the best work of Oakton's art and music students all in one place. Don’t miss this annual tradition!  
Friday, November 21,  7:30 p.m.
Room 1610,  Des Plaines
Free admission


The Winter Noteworthy Festival
Throw off the winter blues and join us as students take the next step in their musical education. Our week-long festival highlights talented student musicians with a variety of recitals.

  • Guitar Ensemble   
    Start the festival off on the right note—with a little classical guitar! Selections range from modern to classic—and include an original composition. Students perform solo and combo pieces under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.
    Sunday, December 7, 2 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission   
  • String Ensemble
    Celebrate winter with the String Ensemble’s “Winterfest.”  Featuring guest violin soloist Domnica Lungo and seasonal favorites,
    including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This classical mix is blended with Klezmer-style Hanukkah music and Charlie Daniels’ hit, The Devil Goes Down to Georgia—all under the direction of Oakton music faculty member Daniel Golden.
    Monday, December 8, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
    Take Note Conversation*
    Performing Arts Center Lobby, 7:30 p.m., Free
  • 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 10, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission   
  • Choral Recital
    Just in time for the holidays! Drop by and tune in for 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 11, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $3 general admission
  • Jazz Invasion
    Oakton’s award-winning Jazz Band performs a toe-tapping selection under the direction of Robert Evans. Playing everything from blues to bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz, all accompanied by a visual history of the music, this classic seasonal concert is sure to get you in a festive mood!
    Friday, December 12, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission; $3 students and seniors

    Take Note Conversation*
    Performing Arts Center Lobby, 7:30 p.m., Free 

*Take Note Conversations
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.


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. Join Director Bob Gynn and listen as our students wield their presentation skills on topics the span the spectrum—from educational to inspiring to comic.
Tuesday, December 16, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines campus
Free admission