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2015 -16 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, Northwestern University, and Juilliard School of Music, Montgomery performs a diverse collection of classical, American Songbook, pop, and original compositions for solo piano. Montgomery also provides dulcet vocals to complete 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

 

Jazzin’ Around
This concert is positively hopping! Oakton’s fantastic jazz combo will get your season started off with a big band bang! Oakton music faculty and friends take to the Footlik stage for a jumping, jiving night of jazz hits. Lead by instructor of music, Mark Olen, Jazzin’ Around features classic and contemporary favorites, with a little something for everyone.
Friday, January 22, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $5 students and seniors    

 

The Vagina Monologues (A Staged Reading)
By Eve Ensler
Directed by Tina Fakhrid-Deen
Oakton once again joins V-Day, the annual global movement to end violence against women and girls, with three benefit performances. Join us as we raise funds and awareness in a special collaboration between the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the Performing Arts Department.
Friday, February 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $8 students and seniors
No discount tickets for these benefit performances.

 

Hedda Gabler
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Mary Ringstad
Translated by Nicholas Rudall
Hedda Gabler is the prototypical “desperate housewife.” Married to a man beneath her station who she doesn’t really love, she longs for her personal freedom. When she becomes entangled in her husband’s academic rivalry, she finds that she can pull the strings that hold together careers as well as life and death. The play was translated into American English by Nicholas Rudall, the founding creative director of the University of Chicago’s Court Theatre.
Thursday, February 25 ($5 preview), 8 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; $8 groups

 

Seascape
By Edward Albee
Directed by John Frisco
Albee won his second Pulitzer Prize for this provocative, absurdist look at marriage and culture. A late middle-aged American couple entering retirement takes a vacation by the sea to explore their relationship and discuss their future. However, they find themselves drawn into an intriguing relationship with another couple who are remarkably different from themselves.
Thursday, March 31 ($5 preview), 8 p.m.
Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 3,  2 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.

Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups
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Six Piano Ensemble
Conducted by Glenna Sprague
This Oakton institution performs classical, ragtime, and popular music as well as symphonic repertoire transcribed for six pianos and conducted by Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music. Widely acknowledged as one of the most unique musical groups in the world, they were recently invited to play in Glasgow, Scotland at an international music conference. With its virtuosity and rich layers of sound, the Ensemble has delighted sold-out audiences for more than 25 years. Displaying the complexity of an orchestra, each pianist plays a different part of a composition. Critics from Honolulu to Vienna have hailed the group as “innovative,” “musical” and “technically superb.”
A reception will follow the concerts.
Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$19 general admission; $16 students and seniors; $14 group rate
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Speaker Showcase
Don’t miss Oakton’s best speech students and speech team members as they present their finest public speaking performances. Join Showcase Director, Bob Gynn, and our students as they showcase presentation skills on topics spanning the spectrum from educational to inspiring to comic.
Tuesday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

Spring Noteworthy Festival
Celebrate the end of the spring semester with the Noteworthy Festival, featuring traditional recitals and concerts in the Footlik Theater. Join the audience as Oakton’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty showcase their talents.

  • Guitar Recital
    A great recital to kick off our spring festival of music, Noteworthy, The Oakton Guitar Ensemble presents inspiring selections of classical and contemporary guitar music. Coordinated by Yale School of Music alumnus and instructor of music, Tom Clippert, the evening features solos, duets, and selections performed by Oakton guitar students as well as special guests.
    Wednesday, May 4, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission

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  • String Ensemble
    Celebrate the romance of spring with the Oakton String Ensemble, directed by Daniel Golden, instructor of music. Eileen Berman, well-known soprano and Oakton faculty member, will perform arias by Mozart, Puccini, and Lehar. Berman and Goldman will play two Brahms songs for voice and viola. Rounding out the program: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, Holst’s St. Paul Suite, and Beethoven’s Romance in F Major featuring violist Yukako Nakano.
    Monday, May 9, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission
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    Take Note Conversation at 7:30 p.m.*
  • Vocal Recital
    Directed by Eileen Berman, a professionally performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, voice students showcase their talents with bright notes and dazzling tunes. The recital features Broadway and classical favorites.
    Wednesday, May 11, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission
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  • Choral Recital
    Don’t miss this annual audience favorite, full of seasonal selections. Classic choral pieces and modern songs combine to create a lovely evening of song and voice. Oakton music instructor, Eileen Berman, leads this wonderful group of student musicians.  
    Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
    $5 general admission
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  • Jazz Invasion
    The finale to our Noteworthy Festival is Oakton’s first musical group, the Oakton Jazz Ensemble. Under the direction of music instructor, Robert Evans, the big band and smaller combos will delight you with jazz classics and big band hits. There’s no better way to welcome spring!
    Friday, May 13, 8 p.m.
    Footlik Theater, Des Plaines

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

*Take Note Conversations: Oakton Jazz Band director and woodwind instructor Robert Evans hosts Take Note—pre-concert discussions about the music featured in Oakton’s Noteworthy Festival’s string and jazz recitals.
Monday, May 9, and Friday, May 13, 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
Free admission

 

Third
Staged Reading
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Patti Interrante
The core values of a well-established professor at a prestigious liberal arts college are challenged when she accuses a student of plagiarism. The event and its aftermath cause her to reflect on whether or not she is living the values she teaches. The play grapples with issues of stereotyping and identity politics, as well as generational and family issues.
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission
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Play On
Now celebrating its eighth year, Play On gives community college playwrights a chance to shine! Be the first to see these one-act plays written by students from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Proceeds benefit performing arts students at Oakton.
Monday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $5 students and seniors   
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