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2011-12 Season

Friends of the Gamelan
With roots stretching back to the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, this unique group of musicians, playing together since 1980, brings the traditional music of south Asia to life with a rich and diverse repertoire, from centuries-old traditional Javanese compositions to contemporary works.
 


Music in Person Series

Frederic Hand and Roddy Ellias
Join Grammy-nominated and Emmy-winning composer Frederic Hand and Roddy Ellias, one of Canada’s most respected jazz guitarists, for two days of guitar virtuosity culminating in a concert that showcases their talent. Hand, who serves as the Metropolitan Opera’s guitarist and lutenist, teaches at the Mannes College of Music, Purchase College at the State University of New York, and Bennington College. Ellias serves as associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal and writes music for the Ottawa Guitar Trio, of which he is a founding member.

Master Classes
Each of these award-winning musicians will lead a separate master class — a unique opportunity to work with and learn directly from these world-renowned artists!
Roddy Ellias ~ Friday, September 16, 3 p.m.
Frederic Hand ~ Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m.
Free admission


Children of a Lesser God

By Mark Medoff
Directed by Marti Lyons
When James Leeds arrives to teach lip-reading at a school for the deaf, he meets the troubled Sarah Norman: school dropout, deaf from birth, and estranged from the world of hearing.  Gradually they fall in love and marry, seemingly bridging the gulf of silence between them. But Sarah’s militancy regarding rights for the deaf — and her hostility toward any hint that she is being patronized or pitied — sows seeds of discord. Is the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence too great to cross? Winner of the Tony Award for best play.


Razzle Dazzle Musical Brunch

Master vocalist Eileen Berman and special guests are back by popular demand for this always sold-out brunch and concert series. From Mozart, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff to Rodgers and Hart, come hungry for delicious food and deliriously delightful music – and be Razzle Dazzled!


Jazz Lounge

Relax in the transformed Lakeview Lounge and chill out with the unique personalities and musical tastes of Oakton jazz students in this intimate setting. Drinks and snacks accompany this unforgettable evening of smooth jazz standards and a few surprises.


ArtsPower National Touring Theatre presents

Hans Brinker's Christmas
Hans and Gretel are too poor to hire a doctor to help their ailing father. But the annual Christmas ice-skating race offers a chance for prosperity: the winner receives a pair of silver skates! When the nephew of the wealthy, elitist town doctor joins the competition, brother and sister face real challenges – but the holiday spirit prevails in the end. ArtsPower’s musical, based on Mary Mapes Dodge’s classic novel, is sure to warm the heart and bring a festive touch to the season.


The Winter Noteworthy Festival

A week-long celebration of Oakton’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty, featuring traditional recitals and concerts.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines campus

  • String Ensemble
    Join student ensembles and soloists, under the direction of Daniel Golden, for a program featuring familiar classics and stimulating selections from around the globe.
  • Vocal Recital
    Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, present an evening of classic and contemporary song favorites.
  • Choral Recital
    Classical and contemporary selections, including Broadway favorites, highlight this performance of the Oakton Community Choir, directed by Eileen Berman.
  • Jazz Invasion
    Enjoy big band jazz standards in this audience favorite!  The legendary Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Evans, performs timeless classics by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Horace Silver, and more.
  • Guitar Ensemble
    Six-string sorcery makes this one of the North Shore’s unique events. Oakton guitar students showcase their talent under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.

Urinetown
Music by Mark Hollmann
Directed by Jason Fleece
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis
An uproariously funny award-winning musical, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, the terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. But one hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead his people to freedom!
 

*BENEFIT NIGHT
Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Proceeds support the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund

 

Jazzin’ Around
Don’t miss this annual audience favorite! Oakton music faculty members – joined by the Loyola Academy Jazz Band, combine forces to burn off the winter cold and create a delightfully warm evening of jazz favorites – from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie.

 

LawLawPalooza
Singing, dancing, and hilarity ensue during this musical parody presented by the Chicago Bar Association. No one is spared as top legal minds satirize political, sports, and show business celebrities. Enjoy a post-performance party at this one-night-only event. Proceeds support student scholarships.

 

Dave Rudolf’s Beach Party
Looking for a way to warm up your winter? Do the limbo, pick up a hula hoop, join a conga line, jump rope, blow some bubbles, and listen to some great summer-time music with this Grammy-nominated entertainer—winner of multiple Parent’s Choice Awards!

 

Oleanna: A Staged Reading
By David Mamet
This controversial drama about a university professor accused of sexual harassment by his female student is a seething investigation of “political correctness.” Over the course of three acts, John, who is on the brink of tenure, and Carol, his student, become embroiled in a power struggle and a war of words—leading to a shocking conclusion. The New York Times noted, “Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.”

 

Kita Y Fernanda
By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Kathleen Carot
A timely look at class, immigration, and women’s friendships, this Jeff-nominated play tells the tale of Fernanda, the privileged daughter of a wealthy Mexican family living in Texas, and Kita, the child of the family’s undocumented Mexican maid. When a chance meeting during an immigration march in Chicago brings the women together after many years, it prompts a flood of memories about growing up in the same household, the friendship they shared, the complicated relationships they had with their mothers, and the tensions created by their different circumstances.

*BENEFIT NIGHT
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20 and include post-show party.
Proceeds support the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund


Six Piano Ensemble
Conducted by Glenna Sprague
This year, the Six Piano Ensemble is proud to honor Beatriz Levi, who is celebrating 25 years as a member of the group. Founded by Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble—comprised of adult students chosen through a highly selective audition process—performs classical, ragtime, and popular music transcribed for six pianos by Professor Sprague. The rich, layered sound of the Ensemble is comparable to that of an orchestra as the melody transfers from pianist to pianist. It’s the only group of its kind in the world, hailed by critics from Vienna to Honolulu as “extraordinary,” “unique,” and “innovative.”


Speech Showcase

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear Oakton’s speech students showcase their public speaking skills—and play an important role in their class experience.


Richard III

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Mary Ringstad
The machinations of the deformed villain, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, made this story of war, power, and blind ambition an Elizabethan favorite. Determined to be king, Richard ruthlessly eliminates anyone who stands between him and the throne, executing his younger brother; hastening the death of his older brother, the king; imprisoning and then assassinating his young nephews, heirs to the throne; even murdering his wife. But those who live by the sword die by the sword, and Richard faces his greatest challenge at the Battle of Bosworth Field.


The Spring Noteworthy Festival
A week-long celebration of Oakton’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty, featuring traditional recitals and concerts.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines campus

    • String Ensemble
      Join student ensembles and soloists, under the direction of music instructor Daniel Golden, for a program of familiar classics and stimulating selections from around the globe.
    • Vocal Recital
      Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, present an evening of classic and contemporary song favorites.
    • Choral Recital
      Welcome warmer weather with some bright notes in this annual recital series favorite. Oakton’s vocal students, under the direction of Eileen Berman, perform a modern and traditional repertoire of songs.
    • Jazz Invasion
      Celebrate longer days, more sun, and lots of fun with this highly-anticipated spring jazz concert. Under the direction of music instructor Robert Evans, the legendary Oakton Jazz Band will perform big band favorites from every era.
    • Guitar Ensemble
      Oakton’s classical guitar and bass students play contemporary and original pieces under the direction of music instructor Tom Clippert, member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.

       

      Jim Gill Family Concert
      Welcome spring with a dance party your kids will never forget! Every Jim Gill concert creates a joyful musical experience for parents and children together, filled with songs and stories. Sing, jump, clap, and even sneeze along with this award-winning musician and author. 

       

      Play On Playwriting Festival
      Now in its fourth year, Play On is the only festival in the state featuring a variety of original one-act plays written and submitted by Illinois community college students as part of a statewide playwriting competition. Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.

       

      For ticket information, call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900.
      Seating is at the discretion of the house manager. Seating in Studio One is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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