2021 Season

Please go to Oakton.sharestream.net/Performing Arts Center Channel on the date and time listed to view the event.

Six Piano Ensemble

Founded and conducted by Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble has amazed and delighted sold-out audiences throughout the country. The group performs classical, ragtime and popular music as well as symphonic repertoire transcribed for the six pianos. The program features works by Beethoven, Bach, Dvorak, Scott Joplin, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Vandall. The rich, layered sound of the ensemble is comparable to that of an orchestra as the melody transfers from pianist to pianist. Widely acknowledged as one of the most unique musical groups in the world, critics from Vienna to Glasgow hail the Six Piano Ensemble as “innovative,” “technically superb,” and “musical.” Join us for an extraordinary concert experience.

Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m.
Free


Exploring Beloved: A dramatic reading of excerpts from Toni Morrison’s novel

In her 1987 novel Beloved, Toni Morrison explores the lives of her characters by focusing, not only on their visible physical scars, but also on the enduring social and psychological repercussions of slavery. In this dramatic reading, we will use excerpts from the text to ruminate on several of the novel’s themes: Motherhood and family separation, trauma, race and racism, and freedom.

Monday, April 19, 11 a.m.
Free


Jazz Invasion

Our Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Mark Olen, wraps up the semester with an exhilarating evening of jazz. Many of the ensemble members are also featured on charts from Charlie Mingus, Bill Holman, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. Come and enjoy jazz, America’s national treasure.

Wednesday, May 12, 8 p.m.
Free


Jazzin’ Around

Join Oakton’s music faculty, under the direction of Mark Olen, as they show their chops. Many of the ensemble members are also featured on charts from Charlie Mingus, Bill Holman, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. Come and enjoy jazz, America’s national treasure.

Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.
Free


OMG Improv and Speech & Debate Readings

Prepare for a night of laughter and inspiration. Oakton’s student improvisational comedy troupe, OMG!, will act out humorous situations from audience suggestions. While in between sketches, you will be entertained by the powerful live performances of Oakton’s award-winning Speech and Debate Society. Discover firsthand why the speech team is nationally ranked and why OMG! is a frequent performer at Chicago’s most popular comedy clubs and was headliner for the Grand Rapids Improv Festival. Don’t miss this evening to remember. Ticket sales help fund travel for these talented student groups.

Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Free

Please email dcunning@oakton.edu for a link to this live performance.