West Side Story
April 9, 7:30pm | April 10, 3 p.m. 2022
★ ★ ★
New Philharmonic
Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor
45th Season 2021-2022

 

West Side Story

Concert Version

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins

Book by
Arthur Laurents
Music by
Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
 
Artistic and Music Director
Kirk Muspratt
 
General Manager
Paula Cebula
 
Associate Conductor/Librarian
Benjamin Nadel
 
Costume, Make-Up and Wig Design
Kimberly G. Morris
 
Lighting Design
Elias Morales
 
Sponsored by
Bjarne R. Ullsvik
 
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 3 p.m.
Belushi Performance Hall
 
PDF program
 

Dear MAC Friends!

I am so thrilled to be writing to you with the wonderful news that we are returning to in-person performances in time to celebrate our 35th anniversary together! We have safety protocols in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which you can read about on our website, atthemac.org. As the pandemic changes, so will our policies and we will keep you updated.

This season is packed with your favorites. Music fans will enjoy everything from electrifying BoDeans, to the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, to The Texas Tenors. Get ready for a Mardi Gras and Zydeco party with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Mardi Gras Mambo. I also look forward to sharing one of the most compelling concerts I’ve seen, in an evening with Tony Award-winning Broadway star, Heather Headley.

We are happy to remain the home of our resident companies Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and New Philharmonic. BTE brings live theater back with Stove Toucher, a one-man show written and performed by Kurt Naebig, and closes the season with Naperville by Mat Smart. New Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Muspratt are putting on a blockbuster season starting with a Spooktakular concert filled with themes from your favorite horror cinema classics, followed by American melodies in Dvořák’s New World Symphony featuring the incomparable David Taylor playing one of the most complex violin pieces, culminating in a concert version of West Side Story.

Following the blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibition this summer, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art will open its season with COD alum and brilliant contemporary artist Tony Fitzpatrick. We will close the MAC season in 2022 by bringing back the beloved free outdoor Lakeside Summer series!

We look forward to seeing you and engaging in thought-provoking, joy-inducing, exciting LIVE entertainment. I look forward to seeing you back at the MAC soon!

Enjoy the show!

Diana Martinez
Director, McAninch Arts Center
 

Dear Friends of New Philharmonic,

Usually, I would begin this letter to you with something like:"Welcome to our New Philharmonic season! This is our 45th season and we are so very pleased to share this moment in our history with each and every one of you."

All of the above is true, sincerely felt and important.

However, in welcoming you back and in these extremely difficult times, I wanted to also share with you how vital I believe music is right now to each of us - whether player or patron. The Greeks used to say that music was the study of relationships between the hidden, internal parts of our humanness – that music has way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces in our hearts and helping us to figure out all that is inside of us.   

I believe this, and I am hoping that when you come to hear our wonderful musicians play the Largo of Dvořák's New World Symphony, John Williams' Artificial Intelligence, or “Tonight” from West Side Story, it will crack your hearts just open as it does mine.

We hope that we will bring much joy to your lives this year! The Halloween concert is going to be a hoot, the New Year's Eve concerts are always a blast, and movie themes from Beauty and the Beast and The Rocketeer should bring a smile to folks of all ages.

You and the New Philharmonic musicians are a total family. You are part of our orchestra - right there with us. We thank you for being so loyal, generous, and dedicated to something so meaningful and beautiful as this orchestra.

Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor

--------------- NEW PHILHARMONIC 2021-2022 SEASON --------------

Halloween Spooktakular
Saturday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.
 
New World
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m.
Dvořák: New World Symphony
No. 9 in E minor
Sarasate: Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
David Taylor, violin
 
New Year’s Eve Concert:
Viennese Classics, Movie Favorites & More!
Friday, Dec. 31, 1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.
Ted Allen Pickel, baritone

 A Night at the Movies

Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.
 
West Side Story
Saturday, Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 10, 3 p.m.

For tickets and information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org

New Philharmonic is grateful for support from:

Maria, sister of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks
Brooklyn Snow
 
Tony, Riff’s best friend
Matthew Greenblatt
 
Anita, girlfriend of Bernardo
Kate Tombaugh
 
Riff, leader of the Jets
Evan Bravos
 
Rosalia, a Shark girl/Maria Cover 
Susan Nelson
 
Francisca, a Shark girl
Molly Chesna
 
Consuelo, a Shark girl/Anita Cover 
Allison Selby Cook
 
Bernardo, leader of the Sharks/Action, a Jet/Riff Cover
Ryan Wolfe
 
Baby John, a Jet
William Ortega
 
Diesel, Riff’s lieutenant/Big Deal, a Jet/Snowboy, a Jet
Ryan Morrison
 
A-rab, a Jet/Tony Cover 
James Judd
 
Chorus members of the Jets, the Sharks and their girls
Molly Chesna
Allison Selby Cook
James Judd
Ryan Morrison
Susan Nelson
Colleen Ortega
William Ortega
Ryan Wolfe
 
There will be a 20-minute intermission.
 
A post-show discussion led by Michael Weber, Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre, will be held in the theatre.
 
 
Following the performance, please enjoy a complimentary cookie, sponsored by Brookdale Glen Ellyn.
 
 
 
The McAninch Arts Center season celebrates the memory of Joan Frank
for a lifetime of service, thanks to the support of family and friends.
 
Stage Manager/Production Manager
Joe Hopper
 
Sound Engineers
Ben Johnson, Fisher Parsons
 
Stage Crew
Bobby Bryan, Caitlyn Woods
 
Costume Shop Manager
Kimberly G. Morris
 
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor
Gretchen Woodley
 
Costume Shop Assistants
Rowan Brando, Eleanor Evans,
Katherine Gibson, Chris Yee
 

Act 1

Two rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, struggle for control of their neighborhood on the Upper West Side of New York City. Police officers Krupke and Lt. Schrank warn them to stop fighting on their beat. The police chase the Sharks off, and then the Jets plan how they can assure their continued dominance of the street. The Jets' leader, Riff, suggests setting up a rumble with the Sharks. He plans to make the challenge to Bernardo, the Sharks' leader, that night at the neighborhood dance. Riff wants to convince his best friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at the dance. Some of the Jets are unsure of his loyalty, but Riff is adamant that Tony is still one of them. Riff meets Tony while he's working at Doc's Drugstore to persuade him to come. Tony initially refuses, but Riff wins him over. Tony is convinced that something important is around the corner.

Maria works in a bridal shop with Anita, the girlfriend of her brother, Bernardo. Maria has just arrived from Puerto Rico for her arranged marriage to Chino, a friend of Bernardo's. Maria confesses to Anita that she is not in love with Chino. Anita makes Maria a dress to wear to the neighborhood dance.

At the dance, after introductions, the teenagers begin to dance; soon a challenge dance is called, during which Tony and Maria see each other across the room and are drawn to each other. They dance together, forgetting the tension in the room, and fall in love, but Bernardo pulls his sister from Tony and sends her home. Riff and Bernardo agree to meet for a War Council at Doc's, a drug store which is considered neutral ground, but meanwhile, an infatuated and happy Tony finds Maria's building and serenades her outside her bedroom. She appears on her fire escape, and the two profess their love for one another. Meanwhile, Anita, Rosalia, and the other Shark girls discuss the differences between the territory of Puerto Rico and the mainland United States of America, with Anita defending America, and Rosalia yearning for Puerto Rico .

The Jets get antsy while waiting for the Sharks inside Doc's drugstore. Riff helps them let out their aggression. The Sharks arrive to discuss weapons to use in the rumble. Tony suggests "a fair fight" (fists only), which the leaders agree to, despite the other members' protests. Bernardo believes that he will fight Tony, but must settle for fighting Diesel, Riff's second-in-command, instead. This is followed by a monologue by the ineffective Lt. Schrank trying to find out the location of the rumble. Tony tells Doc about Maria. Doc is worried for them while Tony is convinced that nothing can go wrong; he is in love.

The next day, Maria is in a very happy mood at the bridal shop, as she anticipates seeing Tony again, but she is dismayed when she learns about the upcoming rumble from Anita. When Tony arrives, Maria insists that he must stop the fight altogether, which he agrees to do. Before he goes, they dream of their wedding. Tony, Maria, Anita, Bernardo and the Sharks, and Riff and the Jets all anticipate the events to come that night. The gangs meet under the highway and, as the fight between Bernardo and Diesel begins, Tony arrives and tries to stop it. Though Bernardo taunts and provokes Tony, ridiculing his attempt to make peace, Tony keeps his composure. When Bernardo pushes Tony, Riff punches him in Tony's defense. The two draw their switchblades and get in a fight. Tony attempts to intervene, inadvertently leading to Riff being fatally stabbed by Bernardo. Tony kills Bernardo in a fit of rage, which in turn provokes an all-out fight like the fight in the Prologue. The sound of approaching police sirens is heard, and everyone scatters, except Tony, who stands in shock at what he has done. The tomboy Anybodys, who stubbornly wishes that she could become a Jet, tells Tony to flee from the scene at the last moment and flees with the knives. Only the bodies of Riff and Bernardo remain.

Act 2

Blissfully unaware that the rumble has taken place with fatal consequences, Maria giddily sings to her friends Rosalia, Teresita, and Francisca that she is in love. Chino brings the news that Tony has killed Bernardo, then leaves. Maria prays that what he has told her is a lie. Tony arrives to see Maria and she initially pounds on his chest with rage, but she still loves him. They plan to run away together. As the walls of Maria's bedroom disappear, they find themselves in a dreamlike world of peace.

Two of the Jets, A-Rab and Baby John, are set on by Officer Krupke, but they manage to escape him. They meet the rest of the gang. To cheer themselves up, they lampoon Krupke and the other adults who don't understand them. Anybodys arrives and tells the Jets that she has been spying on the Puerto Ricans; she has discovered that Chino has a gun and is looking for Tony. The gang separates to find Tony and protect him. Action has taken charge; he accepts Anybodys into the Jets and includes her in the search.

A grieving Anita arrives at Maria's apartment. As Tony leaves, he tells Maria to meet him at Doc's so they can run away to the country. In spite of her attempts to conceal it, Anita sees that Tony has been with Maria, and launches an angry tirade against him. Maria counters by telling Anita how powerful love is, and Anita realizes that Maria loves Tony as much as she had loved Bernardo. She admits that Chino has a gun and is looking for Tony. Lt. Schrank arrives to question Maria about her brother's death, and Anita agrees to go to Doc's to tell Tony to wait. Unfortunately, the Jets, who have found Tony, have congregated at Doc's, and they taunt Anita with racist slurs and eventually attempt rape. Doc arrives and stops them. Furious, Anita spitefully delivers the wrong message, telling the Jets that Chino has shot Maria dead.

Doc relates the news to Tony, who has been dreaming of heading to the countryside to have children with Maria. Feeling there is no longer anything to live for, Tony leaves to find Chino, begging for him to shoot him as well. Just as Tony sees Maria alive, Chino arrives and shoots Tony. The Jets, Sharks, and adults flock around the lovers. Maria holds Tony in her arms as he dies. Angry at the death of another friend, the Jets move towards the Sharks but Maria takes Chino's gun and tells everyone that "all of [them]" killed Tony and the others because of their hate for each other, and, "Now I can kill too, because now I have hate" she yells. However, she is unable to bring herself to fire the gun and drops it, crying in grief. Gradually, all the members of both gangs assemble on either side of Tony's body, showing that the feud is over. The Jets and Sharks form a procession, and together carry Tony away, with Maria the last one in the procession.

synopsis courtesy Wikipedia

Brooklyn Snow
Maria

Soprano Brooklyn Snow is a rising international artist with multiple performances to her credit in both Europe and the United States in her young career. This season, Ms. Snow debuted at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Choirs of America’s Emerging Artists Series, covered the role of Semele with Opera Santa Barbara. She debuted at Arizona Opera in A Little Night Music, and returns to Union Avenue Opera to sing Nannetta in Falstaff and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music. She is excited to be singing again with the New Philharmonic in West Side Story as Maria. Ms. Snow last sang with the New Philharmonic for their Show Boat and Show Tunes concert alongside her husband, Matthew Greenblatt (Tony).

In 2020, she sang all three heroine roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a well-reviewed return to Union Avenue Opera. “Snow was especially adept in distinguishing her three very different characters, displaying that stunning combination of vocal athleticism and theatrical smarts that impressed me so much in UAO’s Candide in 2019.”(Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX). Ms. Snow had previously received an Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nomination for her 2019 performance as Cunegonde in Candide with the company.

Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Ms. Snow holds music performance degrees from the University of Oregon and Indiana University School of Music.

In 2020, Ms. Snow debuted with Opera Santa Barbara as Woglinde in Das Rheingold, followed by a performance of At the Statue of Venus, a monodrama by Jake Heggie and covered the role of Norina in Don Paquale. Ms. Snow was a featured soprano in the Eugene Opera’s virtual New Year's Eve Gala Concert. She sang her first Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Bend in 2019 and will reprise the role with The Southern Illinois Music Festival in 2023. Ms. Snow was a finalist for the Central Region in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015. Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Ms. Snow holds music performance degrees from the University of Oregon and Indiana University School of Music.

Matthew Greenblatt
Tony

A native of Port Washington, New York, tenor Matthew Greenblatt is excited to be joining the New Philharmonic as Tony in West Side Story. Earlier this Season, Mr. Greenblatt covered the role of Jupiter in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Semele, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Choirs of America Emerging Artist Series alongside his wife, soprano, Brooklyn Snow. Mr. Greenblatt looks forward to covering the role of Fenton in Falstaff this summer with Union Avenue Opera, and is excited to sing the role of Nemorino with The Southern Illinois Music Festival in the summer of 2023. 

During the 2020-21 season, Mr. Greenblatt was in residence with Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio Artist. He was also a featured Tenor Soloist for Eugene Opera’s Virtual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert.

Prior to his training with Opera Santa Barbara, Mr. Greenblatt spent two seasons as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera where he covered the roles of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Mr. Greenblatt has been a finalist in the New York International Vocal Competition, The Saltworks Opera Competition, and a Semi-finalist in the Opera Index Competition.

Mr. Greenblatt holds Voice Performance degrees from The University of Michigan and Mannes.

 

Kate Tombaugh
Anita

Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International). She recently won first place in the Mildred C. Miller International Competition, hosted by Pittsburgh Festival Opera and featuring an all-mezzo edition. 

Earlier this spring, Tombaugh debuted in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra & Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir. In June, she'll be reprising The Dough in Rachel J. Peters’ Companionship with Virginia Arts Festival-John Duffy Institute, a leading role she first sang in the world premiere produced by Fort Worth Opera.

Some of her recent portrayals have included the lead heroines Isabella and Angelina with Winter Opera St. Louis in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola, respectively, and Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Stockton Opera. Tombaugh has been a featured soloist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, BEST Ensemble of Cincinnati, Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Evansville Philharmonic, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, among others. She regularly works with living composers and is an avid master class technician, presenter, and recitalist.

Tombaugh trained as a young artist in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist program, as a Gerdine Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow with the LA-based Songfest, and performed in the Opera Studio at AIMS in Graz, Austria. She holds a masters degree in voice-opera performance from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), and dual undergraduate degrees in English literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tombaugh is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization, Poco a Poco, hosting an intensive, week-long summer music training program for high school-aged vocalists, Community choir and guitar ensembles, and offering free concerts and events in her hometown of Streator, IL. Her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, is a composer and music professor at Millikin University. They are based in central Illinois and have two young daughters. For more information, please visit: www.katetombaugh.com and www.pocoapoco.org

Evan Bravos
Riff

Evan Bravos, Greek-American baritone, has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for his “strong singing and acting” and marked as “a young talent to watch.” Most recently, Opera News touted his “lovely lyric baritone” as “charming and guileless,” concluding that he “sang winningly” in the premiere of Matthew Recio and Royce Vavrek’s The Puppy Episode with Chicago Opera Theatre.

Engagements for the 2021-2022 season include Le Dancaïre in Carmen (Chicago Opera Theater) starring Jamie Barton and Stephanie Blythe, Handel’s Messiah (Santa Fe Symphony), Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s groundbreaking As One (Opera Santa Barbara), Riff in West Side Story (New Philharmonic) and several performances of Patrice Michaels’ Notorious RBG in Song. During the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Bravos performed in two world premieres, first creating the role of Clay (The Puppy Episode, by Matthew Reccio Royce Vavrek) in his principal debut with Chicago Opera Theater, and second, as Claudius for Joseph Summer’s Hamlet in a unique co-production between Boston’s The Shakespeare Concerts and the Ruse Bulgarian State Opera. He reprises the role of Claudius at Jordon Hall in Boston later this month, and finishes the season as a guest artist singing Marcello in La Bohème at Northwestern Opera Theater.

Mr. Bravos made his professional debut in the summer of 2019 as Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide at The Ravinia Festival. His operatic and concert experience has included appearances with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. In 2016, he made his European debut as baritone soloist with the Colorado Symphony Chorus Faure Requiem in Paris, Strasbourg and Munich. 

Mr. Bravos is a native of St. Charles, IL. He studied at Lawrence Conservatory (BM) and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (MM), where he is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts. Learn more about this artist at www.evanbravos.com

 

Molly Chesna
Francisca/Chorus

Molly Chesna is a professional soprano with a background in classical singing, musical theater, dance and gymnastics. Chesna holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from North Park University in Chicago, having studied under the late Annie Piccard. Upon graduation in May of 2020, Chesna has been working as a freelance musician during the pandemic, most recently playing the role of Clotilde in North Park University’s fall production of Handel’s Faramondo. Apart from performing, Chesna also teaches piano and voice lessons at Music Makers in Western Springs, IL.

Allison Selby Cook
Consuelo/Chorus/Anita Cover

Allison Selby Cook is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. She is so glad to reunite with much-missed New Philharmonic and DuPage friends, after previous full productions of The Merry Widow (Olga), Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky Cover/Chorus), and La Traviata (Flora Cover/Chorus). Current 2021-22 Season appearances: Music of the Baroque, Newberry Consort, Schola Antiqua, Early Music Now (Milwaukee), Illinois State University, University of Chicago, and a radio broadcast celebrating WFMT 98.7FM's 70th anniversary. In previous seasons, Cook has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, ShawChicago, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago Radio Theatre, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and at the Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After studying at Northwestern University, Cook went on to opera and early music festivals in Siena (Italy), New York, Boston, and Berkeley.

James Judd
A-rab/Chorus/Tony Cover

James Judd is excited to return to New Philharmonic for this exciting production of West Side Story! Recent performance credits include tenor soloist in Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert, Elder Hayes in the WNED-PBS film broadcast of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, tenor soloist in Händel's Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Camille in Lehár's The Merry Widow and Alfred in Strauss II's Die Fledermaus with New Philharmonic. Judd has participated as a Young Artist at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Opera Saratoga, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the Crittenden Opera Workshop, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center. Judd holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at The University of Iowa, and a Bachelors of Music in both Education and Vocal Performance from SUNY Fredonia.

Ryan Morrison
Diesel/Big Deal/Snowboy/Chorus

Ryan Morrison is an active performer in the Chicago area and is excited to return to New Philharmonic in this year’s production of West Side Story. He was seen most recently in New Philharmonic’s productions of Die Fledermaus and Mikado. Mr. Morrison has an extensive and passionate vocal background ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance pieces to contemporary operatic, oratorio, and choral works.

On stage, he’s performed a wide range of characters, including: a king, thieving scoundrel, buffoon, soldier, night watchman, shepherd, and even a drunken uncle! Past solo roles include: The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Ben Budge in Britten's The Beggars Opera, the Herald in Verdi’s Otello, and the Customs Official in Puccini’s La boheme. He has also performed in numerous local productions in the Christmas classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, as both Melchior and Balthazar – two of the three Kings.

Morrison is married to his lovely wife, Erika (also a New Philharmonic alum), has two children, Charlotte and Leo, a dog (Major Tom) and a cat (Mr. Mustard). A big Beatles fan, he plays bass and sings as “Sir Paul” in a local Beatles Tribute band, Abbey Roads.

Susan Nelson/Maria Cover
Rosalina/Chorus

Equally at home on the operatic stage or in concert repertoire, soprano Susan Nelson has been praised by critics for her “full, powerful voice – agile and pliant” as well as her interpretations, called both “sensitive and moving” and “full of life and vigor”, showcasing her versatility in repertoire from Bach and Mozart to verismo and contemporary opera, as well as light opera and popular music.

Nelson’s opera works has included four Mozart soprano roles, two Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Micaëla in Carmen, as well as covering four small roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A member of the Grant Park Chorus since 2003 and soprano soloist in their 2021 Vivaldi Gloria, Nelson’s Chicago area solo appearances include Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Choral Union, Elgin Master Chorale, and Midwest Mozart Festival.

Nelson teaches through Music of the Baroque’s Strong Voices program and at Concordia University Chicago and is the music director at Grace Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect. During the pandemic she also has recorded 500 songs by women composers/songwriters of all different genres. She is also a soloist on three CDs from Music of the Baroque, Peace Be (works by David Jennings) and the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus’ first a cappella CD, Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works, which was released in 2012. Ms. Nelson tied for third place for the 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in the Professional Opera Division, was also a 2014 Finalist for the Chicago Oratorio Award by the same organization, and is a recipient of a Career Encouragement Award from the MacAllister Foundation.

 

Colleen Ortega
Chorus

Colleen Ortega is the director of music at St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish in River Forest, IL. Professionally, Ms. Ortega has performed as a pianist, organist, clarinetist and vocalist (contralto) in her native Canada, Europe, and here in the Chicago area. She has worked with Main Street Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci), Da Corneto Opera (Faust, Noli Me Tangere, Nabucco) Sinfonietta Bel Canto (Il Tabarro,Suor Angelica), New Philharmonic (Merry Widow) and is so pleased to be back for this production of West Side Story.

William Ortega
Baby John/Chorus

William Ortega, tenor, is the Orchestra and Associate Band Director at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. He has appeared as a chorister and in various comprimario roles with DuPage Opera and as a utility clarinetist with the New Philharmonic. Mr. Ortega is a voice student of Alvaro Ramirez.

Ryan Wolfe
Bernardo/Action/Chorus/Riff Cover

Arlington Heights, IL native Ryan Wolfe is a passionate musician who is fueled by his love for collaboration and performance. Wolfe has won an Encouragement Award in the Central Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is a two-time semi-finalist of the Lotte Lenya Competition, and won first prize in the 2022 University of Cincinnati – CCM Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition. This year at CCM, Wolfe was seen as Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Cardinal 3/Priest/Father in Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. In March of 2022, Wolfe returned to Des Moines Metro Opera to cover Papageno in Barry Kosky’s internationally acclaimed production of Die Zauberflöte.

 

Kirk Muspratt
Music Director and Conductor

Kirk Muspratt recently received the 2020 Programming of the Year Award as well as the 2018 Conductor of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. He was also named “Chicagoan of the Year” in classical music by John von Rhein and the staff of the Chicago Tribune. In honoring Muspratt, von Rhein said, “Ask the delighted adults and kids who this year flocked to his concerts in west suburban Glen Ellyn with the New Philharmonic Orchestra … They will tell you he made concert going an interactive experience that was both enlightening and— are you ready?—fun.”

Recognized as one of the outstanding figures in the new generation of conductors, Muspratt has garnered international critical acclaim as a “born opera conductor” (Rheinische Post), “a knowledgeable musician who delivers superbly controlled, gorgeously shaped readings” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and “friend to local music” (Midwest Beat Magazine). The Los Angeles Times declared, “Watch him!”

In July 2004, Muspratt was named both music director of New Philharmonic and artistic director/music director of DuPage Opera Theatre (now New Philharmonic Opera). In his last fifteen years, productions featured Otello, Madama Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Faust, Tosca, The Beggars Opera, Elixir of Love, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan Tutte, The Mikado, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and The Merry Widow.

In 2017 and 2009, New Philharmonic was awarded Professional Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Programming of the Year award, also by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, was garnered in 2019 and bestowed in 2020.

In his first months at New Philharmonic, Muspratt instituted a Side-by-Side program for local high school students. Six years ago, Muspratt initiated a popular Solo Competition for Children that results in a child performing at every New Philharmonic concert. In order to involve the community to the maximum, Muspratt has created “Just Ask Kirk™” cards for audience members’ questions and a “Kirkature™” cartoon to help advocate the credo: “Classical music is for everyone.”

Muspratt begins his 20th acclaimed season as music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (NISO). In 2006, with NISO, he initiated the South Shore Summer Music Festival.

From 1991 through 1996, Muspratt served as resident conductor to Lorin Maazel at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, he was appointed as associate conductor to Joseph Silverstein at the Utah Symphony Orchestra (1990-1992). From 1987 through 1990, Muspratt served as assistant conductor to Leonard Slatkin at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was music director of the Alberta Ballet from 1997 through 1999. At the New York Philharmonic, Muspratt has served as a cover conductor.

In addition to his work in Pittsburgh, Utah and St. Louis, Muspratt has guest conducted the orchestras of Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Korean Broadcast Symphony, Detroit, Rochester, National Arts Center, Vancouver, Knoxville, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Victoria, Thunder Bay, New Orleans, Stamford, Binghamton, Lafayette, South Bend, Puchon, Annapolis, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Symphony. Summer debuts have included the Tanglewood, Chautauqua and Sewanee Music Festivals and the Banff Center for Performing Arts.

In Europe, Muspratt was assistant conductor in the opera houses of Monchengladbach/ Krefeld, Germany, from 1985 to 1987. His American opera-conducting debut came with the Utah Opera in 1991. He returned there to premiere Mascagni’s L‘Amico Fritz. Maestro Muspratt has conducted Die Fledermaus for the Calgary Opera, Faust and Merry Widow for the Utah Opera, Of Mice and Men and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Arizona Opera, all to stunning critical acclaim. In addition, he debuted at the Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Opera Festival in Virginia. He returned to Arizona Opera to conduct their production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, to the Utah Opera for their new production of Faust and Amahl and the Night Visitors at Opera Illinois.

In 1983 and 1984, Muspratt was invited to be a scholarship student at the Chautauqua Institute and in 1986 was selected as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. A year later, he was invited into the Conducting Program at the Tanglewood Festival. In 1988, he was chosen to be one of three conducting fellows for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute at the Hollywood Bowl.

As a teacher, Muspratt has taught at the Conductors’ Institute of the University of South Carolina, the Conductors’ Guild National Workshops, Association of Canadian Orchestras National Conference in Toronto, the Conductors’ Studio at Illinois State University and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. During the summer, he has often taught a graduate conducting class at VanderCook College of Music and for the last three summers has been teaching at the Northwestern University Summer Opera Seminar. In 2019, he taught graduate conducting master classes at Illinois State University and judged the concerto competition at Northwestern University. Muspratt recently completed a six-year tenure on the board of directors of the Conductors’ Guild.

Having always enjoyed working with young people, he has conducted the Pennsylvania Regional Orchestra and the Pennsylvania All- State Orchestra and most recently the IMEA District 9 orchestra. Muspratt has conducted the Boston University Tanglewood Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Muspratt has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them grants from the Canada Council and the Presser Foundation. In 1983 and again in 1984, he was winner of the Strauss Conducting Prize while a conducting student at the Vienna Conservatory. During his tenure in Utah, he received the first Utah Up ’n Comers Award ever given to a classical musician. This honor was awarded to Muspratt for his work and involvement in the Utah Arts Community. In 1987, he was named winner of the prestigious Exxon/Affiliate Artists Award.

He began his studies as a pianist in New York with Harold Zabrack and continued his studies at Temple University with Adele Marcus and Alexander Fiorillo. After completing graduate studies, Muspratt was accepted into the conducting program at the Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria.

Muspratt is a native of Crows Nest Pass, Alberta, Canada. He became an American citizen in the summer of 2010.

In 2016, he was honored to become a Paul Harris Fellow, an award named for the Rotary International Founder, Paul Harris. In recent seasons, Muspratt has conducted at the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

Benjamin Nadel
Associate Conductor and Principal Librarian

Benjamin Nadel is a classically trained conductor, pianist, and violinist. Based in Chicago, he is the Associate Conductor and Orchestra Librarian for the New Philharmonic and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Orchestra Director at North Central College. Nadel served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master at the Midwest Institute of Opera from 2011 – 2015.

Nadel began his conducting studies with Dr. Glenn Block at Illinois State University while completing his undergraduate degree. He then went on to receive his MA in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Iowa with Dr. William LaRue Jones. Early on in his studies, Nadel fell in love with operatic conducting because to him, it is one of the most moving and all-encompassing art forms. This passion for opera led him to the Cincinnati Conservatory’s summer opera program in Spoleto, Italy, where he studied with Maestro Mark Gibson. It was after this that he became Assistant Conductor at the Midwest Institute of Opera, where he had the privilege to work closely with Maestro Joshua Greene of the Metropolitan Opera. Nadel is devoted to understanding the native languages of operatic scores in order to best interpret them musically, so he spent 2 summers in Italian language immersion, and has a firm command of German as well.

As an orchestral conductor, Nadel has worked with several youth groups and high school ensembles, including New Trier, Metea Valley, Glenbard West, and Stevenson High School, as well as the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony. He also regularly conducts on the summer concerts at New Philharmonic and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Elias Morales
Lighting Design

Elias Morales is excited to be working as the Lighting Designer for another amazing production at College of DuPage! For the past 14 years, he has been working as a freelance lighting designer, stage manager, and as a stage technician around Chicago. In addition, he has also had the pleasure of traveling across the US on tour with dance and sketch comedy companies.  While working with so many individuals throughout the US has been fun, it is a pure delight to be working with all the passionate and talented individuals at the MAC on the show tonight!

Kimberly G. Morris
Costume, Hair and Makeup Design

Kimberly G. Morris is pleased to continue her work at College of DuPage. Prior to joining the crew at COD she spent 13 years as a freelance costume, makeup, wig and properties designer throughout Chicago and the east coast. She is a company member of Babes with Blades Theatre Company where she has designed Promise of a Rose Garden, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Patchwork Drifter, Macbeth, Susan Swayne and Bewildered Bride and Bo Thomas and the Case of the Spy Pirates. Other favorite past projects include Carmilla and Grease at COD; puppet design for Lifeline Theatre’s Neverwhere, and costumes/masks for their Island of Dr. Moreau; costume and puppet design for Akvavit Theatre’s production of Blue Planet; and properties design for Chicago Children’s Theatre productions of A Year with Frog and Toad and 100 Dresses. She has also designed for Stage Left Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, Ball State University, American Shakespeare Center, Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Tecumseh!, Wilmette Arts Center, NWHS and MEHS.

 

Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor
Chair sponsored by Jeanette N. Giragos* and Renee Giragos, in memory of Dr. Henry G. Giragos and by Bob and Joan Olach
 
1st Violin
Whun Kim, Concertmaster
Chair sponsored by Sue and Dick Lamb
Kristen Wiersum
Sam Battista
Stephane Collopy
Jo Marie Sison
Gina Young
John Ling
Bill Kronenberg
 
2nd Violin
Mara Gallagher, Principal
Chair sponsored by Dr. Donald E. Newsom, in memory of Dr. Mary Ellen Newsom
Kristen LeJeune
Chikako Miyata
Karen Nelson
Jennifer Silk
Melissa Streidl
 
Cello
Melissa Bach, Principal
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Claire Langenberg
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Dorothy Deen
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Nancy Moore
Wei Lu Denton
 
Bass
Michael Meehan, Principal
Chair sponsored by Margaret and Michael McCoy
Julian Romane
Alan Steiner
 
Flute
Carolyn May, Principal
Chair sponsored by Kathleen Yosko
Maria Schwartz
Irene Claude
 
Oboe
Melinda Getz, Principal
Chair sponsored by Sue and Dick Lamb
 
Clarinet
Lacy Garbar, Principal
Chair sponsored by Durema Kohl*
Jennifer Woodrum
Barbara Drapcho
 
Soprano Saxophone
Hunter Bockes
 
Alto Saxophone
Jordan Luloff
 
Tenor/Baritone Saxophone
Janos Csontos
 
Bassoon
Dianne Ryan
 
Horn
Phil Stanley, Principal
Chair sponsored by Dr. Donald G. Westlake
Mary Jo Neher
Chair sponsored by Lowell and Barbara Anderson
 
Trumpet
David Gauger, Principal
Chair sponsored by Margaret and Michael McCoy
Ryan Hobbs
Paul Semanic
 
Trombone
Tom Stark, Principal
Adam Moen
 
Timpani
Kent Barnhart
 
Percussion
David Victor, Principal
Chair sponsored by Jim and Tally Knippen
Andrew Cierny
Collin Boltz
Eric Hines
 
Keyboard
Patricia Lee
 
Orchestra Manager
Paula Cebula
 
Associate Conductor, Librarian
Benjamin Nadel
 
Personnel Manager
Karen Dickelman

*deceased

    

 

McAninch Arts Center acknowledges and gives grateful thanks to those donors who have contributed in support of the MAC mission and vision. This list of donors reflects contributions made from July 1, 2020 - Jan. 28, 2022. While we carefully prepared this list, we recognize that errors may have occurred. Please accept our apology if you are not properly represented on this list and contact the College of DuPage Foundation at (630) 942-2462 so we may correct our records.

Leadership Circle
($5,000 and up)
Anonymous (4)
American International Group
Lowell and Barbara Anderson
The John A. Attard Family Foundation
Anna Ball
Bank of America
Dr. and Mrs. Brian W. Caputo
Mrs. Clark G. Carpenter
Anita Dickson
DuPage Foundation
Mr. David J. Frank
G. Carl Ball Family Foundation
Goya Foods, Inc
JCS Fund of DuPage Foundation
La Tequileria, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lamb and Susan and Richard Lamb Charitable Fund of The DuPage Foundation
Mr. Larry C. Larson*
Ms. Diana L. Martinez
Dr. and Mrs. Harold D. McAninch
Margaret and Michael McCoy
Ms. Kimberly G. Morris
Mr. Doug Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Peterson
Meri Phillips
John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Charles Schlau
Mr. and Mrs. Steven E. Shebik
State of Illinois
STG Divorce Law
Terrence J. Taylor and Maureen Sullivan Taylor
Bjarne R. Ullsvik
VALIC
Dr. Donald G. Westlake
Wight & Company
Mark Wight and Eszter Borvendeg
Ms. Kathleen Yosko
 
Encore Circle
($2,500–$4,999)
Anonymous (2)
Joseph and Betsy Ballek
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Burke
Rick and Patty Carney
John and Pamela Dalby
Enertherm Corporation/Russ and Judy Flores
Gilbert Family Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable Fund
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Knippen, II
Karen and Gene Kuhn
Marilyn H. Wolff Foundation
David and Carolyn May
Jane E. Moore
Joan Morrissey
Drs. Donald E. and Mary Ellen Newsom
Joan and Bob Olach
Dorothy I. O'Reilly
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Padgett
Ms. Mary N. Pieters
Mr. and Mrs. William Podgorski
Kelly and Roland Raffel, in memory of Herbert K. Raffel
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shoemaker
Geraldine Smrcina
Marilyn Smrcina
Angel and Troy Traub
Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Webb
Wheaton Noon Rotary
Bonnie M. Wheaton
 
Director’s Circle
($1,000–$2,999)
Anonymous (5)
Tony Achilles
Robert and Lynne Anderson and the Robert and Lynne Anderson Charitable Fund of US Charitable Gift Trust
Katherine Balek
Harold and Karen Bauer
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bentley
Mr. and Mrs. James Blaha
Prof. and Mrs. Charles E. Boone
Chicago Westmont Tesla
Community Foundation of Will County
James and Marie Drasal and The Drasal Family Fund of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
E. Jay Van Cura MD Charitable Fund of Vanguard Charitable
Anonymous Design, Inc.
Marcela Fanning
Debbie Fulks
Jeanette N. and Renee Giragos, in memory of Dr. Henry G. Giragos
Ginni and Chris
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Hartman
Mr. Mark J. Hill
Humernansky Family Foundation
Jorge and Beatriz Iorgulescu
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Jenkins
Jeffrey Jens and Ann Boisclair
The Johansen Family Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Johnson
Kenneth & Nancy Serwinski Charitable Fund -Schwab Charitable
Mr. and Mrs. James Klang
Charlene Kornoski-Du Vall
Mr. William Kronenberg
Ms. Mary Locher
Marilyn and Tipton McCawley, Jr.
John and Lynette McCortney
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Menenberg
Bill and Nancy Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mulacek
Kirk Muspratt, in memory of Henry and Jeanette Giragos
Nicor Gas
Judith May O'Dell
Jane Oldfield
Karen Webb Owen
Madeleine Pachay
Ms. Linda A. Picchiottino
Jeffrey and Debora Ponko
Mr. and Mrs. Paul P. Pyrcik, Jr.
Richard and Elizabeth Quaintance
Gary and Mary Rash
The Rev. Dr. Curtis and Leanne Rolfe
Judy Ronaldson
Jordan Ross
Rotary International District 6440
Rotary International District 6450, Inc
Ms. Theresa M. Sak
Ms. Lisa Savegnago and Mr. Ronald A. Johnson
Mr. John Schofield
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Serwinski and the Kenneth and Nancy Serwinski Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable
Kristin and Peter Shulman
Skeet and Laura Skeet
Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Stephenson, Jr.
TJ Moore Giving Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Todd and Mimi Menenberg Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable
Mr. and Mrs. Avram Tucker
Theodore M. Utchen
Dr. and Mrs. E. Jay Van Cura and The E Jay Van Cura MD Charitable Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
James and Patricia Vary
Scott and Kristen Wiersum
Rich and Kathy Wilders
The Marilyn H. Wolff Foundation
Jo Anne Zipperer
 
Ambassador Circle
($500–$999)
Anonymous (4)
Ms. Bonniejean Alford
Col. and Mrs. Renato P. Bacci, Jr.
Ms. Susannah Ball
Jack and Mary Ellen Barry
Gayle and Don Bartell
Ms. Eunice Becker
Mr. Geoffrey Bevington
Mr. and Mrs. Collin M. Biggs
Ronald and Hope Bucher
William Bulger
Capt. Bernardo lorgulescu USMC Memorial Fund DuPage Foundation
Peach and Wayne Carr
Mr. Robert B. Chasteen
Chocolaterie Stam of Glen Ellyn
Megan and Peter Clifford
Delta Airlines
Dempsey-Musker
Janet Derber
Robert and Carol Drake, Jr.
William and Kathleen Drennan
Joanne East
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Elliott
Joseph and Frances Eraci
Finances by Design Inc.
Mr. Anthony Fitzpatrick
Mr. and Mrs. Jose G. Flores
Ms. Karen Gustafson
Gwen and Chet Henry
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Herndon
Mr. Glenn Hopkins
Ms. Judith Hunnicutt
Dr. Beth Johnson
Jon and Ruth Good Foundation - Fidelity Charitable Fund
Dee Kaempen
Christine Kickels
Ms. Julie Knudson and Mr. Paul Nielson
Richard and Sheila Komarek
Ida Lee
Ms. Kathy Leimbach
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lietz
Barb and Scott Marquardt
Mr. Henry A. Matthews
Ellen and Daniel McGowan
Mr. Glenn McMurray
Dr. and Mrs. John Messitt
LTC and Mrs. James Milobowski
John Mulherin
Ms. Laurel Niska
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Norton
Helen Pachay
Parkers' Restaurant and Bar
Jim and Lorraine Paulissen
PGA Tour Superstore
Pica-do-yo, LLC
Ginny and Don Raths
Mr. William C. Raymond
Ms. Amy Ripepi
Al and Cecile Robinson
Ms. Celia E. Rodee
Sylvia Rodee
Rotary Club of Carol Stream (Club 3112)
Ms. Lisa Sallwasser
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seidlitz
The Shimp Family
Ms. Donna Jean Simon
Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Steenwyk
Wheaton Rotary A.M. Club

 

Performer ($250–$499)
Anonymous (10)
Young Ahn
Terri Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Anderson
Andrew and Maria Smith Charitable Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Mrs. Lynnette Arendt
Barbara and Paul Aronson
Vickie Austin
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. Ben
Mr. and Ms. John Borge
Jim and Sandy Boves
Lesley Brown
Ed and Kay Burton
Cabernet & Company
Gayatri Choudhary
Ms. Linda Clark
Ms. Jenny Croitoru
Bill Curry and Gretchen Fleming
Sharon D'Alessandro
Ms. Sara De Zara
Joy and Ron Detmer
Barbara DiGuido
Senator and Mrs. Kirk Dillard
Ms. Mary A. Donlon
Evalee Dumas
Carol and David Eisinger
Mr. Ryan M. Ellison
Ms. Brenda Eriksen
Christine and Craig Fenne
David and Janet Fox
Kenneth D. Frank
Marcia and Lorne Frank
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Franzen
David Fraser
Ms. Marilyn Fredrickson
Ms. Rebecca Garcia
Ms. Margaret R. Glenzinski
Ms. Joann Gras
Ms. Adrianne Gregory
Mr. Bruce Guzman
Catherine and Art Hall
Greg and Alexandra Hart
Brad and Victoria Hauserman
Jean M. Hawkinson
Lance Herning
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hlotke
Judy A. Hoskins
Representative Terra Costa Howard and Nick Howard
Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Hudetz
Mr. Bob Jackula
Janet and John Judd
Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Junkroski
Ms. Barbara Kamm
Karl and Lee Ann Karnatz
Virginia and Charles Klingsporn
John P. and Catherine M. Kos
Ms. Bernadette Laszewski and Mr. John Fossen
Mrs. and Mr. Cindy Lattimer
Massimo Letizia
Ms. Alixe Lischett
Mrs. Hsiu Susan Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Manire
Marinella's Ristorante Italiano
Janet Marks
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Marsh
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Massa
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Matte, Jr.
Mr. Donald E. McGowan and Ms. Mary L. Prazak
Florine McKay
Mr. and Mrs. John Meier
Sharon A. Meltzer
Ms. Beatriz Mendoza
Nina and Mark Menis
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Metcalfe
Monarch Landing
Mr. and Mrs. Darren Morrison
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Morton
Ms. and Mr. Jane Mrofka
Mr. and Mrs. John Nassos
Ms. Kerry O'Brien and Mr. Doug King
Mr. Dan O'Connor
Ms. and Mr. Adriana Ohl Zamora
Olive 'N Vinnie's Oil and Balsamic Bar
Ms. Debra Ombrello
Ms. Vivian Palicki
Mr. Jim Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pfefferman
Press Photography Network
Tom and Karen Pulver
Brian and Ambika Reid
Ms. Diane G. Rath
Ms. Patricia Read
Barb and Kell Reimann
Richard J.and Linda J. Sieracki Foundation
Ms. Rene' M. Richards
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk T. Roberts
Ms. Yolanda E. Rocio
Adrianne Roggenbuck
Mr. Paul Rom
Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle
Janey Sarther
Jerry and Susan Schurmeier
Dr. Thomas R. Scott
Mr. Gerald Sendra
Mr. and Ms. Andrew Smith and the Andrew and Maria Smith Charitable Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Mr. Vince Sparrow
Chris Steinys
Lisa and Ted Stevens
Suzan and Glenn Stith
Ms. Janet Stiven
Cherry Stoddard
Su Ki's Salon
Grace and Len Swanson
Ms. Patti Taves
Anthony and Mona Taylor
Ms. Marie L. Tenzinger
The Sentius Chartiable Fund
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Vires
Mr. Jeremy Vrtis
Ms. Deborah Walsh
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Wdowiarz
Ms. Nancy Webster
Ms. Kathy Wessel
Ginger and Paul Wheeler
Ms. Olivia Schreiner and Mr. Justin Witte
Jerry and Lin Zielinski
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Zimmermann
 
Friend ($50–$249)
Anonymous (18)
A Toda Madre
Sue Adams
Peggy Aldworth
Ms. Sandra Alexander
Nancy Allured
American Association of University Women - Lombard
American Association of University Women
Tina Connelly and Dennis Anderson
Andrew's Garden
Ms. Nancy Arango
Mr. and Mrs. Kent C. Aufdengarten
Ms. Christine A. Aument
Avanzare Restaurant
Cynthia Baranowski
Darlene Barger
A. C. Barnicle
Bob and Joy Barrell
Debbie Barrett and Barry Zelinski
Ms. Pam Bartle
Ms. Betty Basista Ronaldson
Betty and Bob Becker
Ms. Beverly J. Bednarik
Biff Behr and Lynne Richman
Ms. Patricia Bell-Daniels
Marty and Betty Bender
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Bensenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Binnig
Mrs. Germaine Bird
Ms. Dianne Birdsall
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bolbat
Mr. and Mrs. James Borus
Mr. Franklin E. Bowes
Mrs. Linda Bradley
Susan Brassfield
Mr. Gerard Brosnan
Mr. George Bruce
Nickey Brummel
Dr. and Mrs. John E. Buntrock
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Burgis
Mildred and Harold Burrow
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burrows
C.B. Conlin Landscapes, Inc
Mr. John Cadle
Mr. and Mrs. Will Calderwood
Cantigny Golf Club
Ms. Virginia Cantu
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carlson
Ms. Katherine Carmichael
Jim Carsten
Mrs. Janet Casey
Mr. Joseph Cassidy
Greg and Janet Chejfec
Ms. Lourdes S. Chew
Ms. Nancy Chlumsky
Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Clark
Ms. Michele Clemen
Ms. Gretchen Colavito
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Connolly
Peggy Connolly
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Conti
Ms. Patricia Conway
Ms. Erica Coppolino
CycleBar Wheaton
Lee Dabkey
Jeanne E. Davik
DC Body Bar
George W. and Ann Dervis
Marilyn and Gene Dicola
Ms. Katheryn Dillon
Mark and Kim Dorn
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
Ms. Margaret Doyle
Alan and Carolyn Drake
Bruce and Kathy Dudzik
Edwin A. and Gerry Dulik
Jenny Dunbar
Ms. Laura Durudogan
Ms. Anita Dykema
Daniel Edelman and Fran Kravitz
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Egan
Eileen B. Landau Charitable Fund of Fidelity Charitable
Penelope Ellsworth
William Epcke
Miles Evans
George and Kathryn Fairbairn
William and Sally Newton Fairbank
Mr. Gregory Finch
Ms. Ann Fink
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Fischer
Ms. Janice L. Fogle
Ms. Judith D. Frazier
Ruta Freimanis
Jay French
Fusion Hair Salon
Ms. Anne Gabriel
Ms. Jo Anne Ganziano
Mary Jane Garrett
James and Nancy Gianfrancisco
Bob and Carrie Gibson
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gibson
Ms. Wanda Giusts
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Glab
Glen Ellyn Historical Society
Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon
Ms. Anne Gould
Jack and Robin Graham and the Graham Giving Fund of Fidelity Charitable
Lenn Grayes
Ms. Aldona Green
Ms. Nancy Ann Green
Ms. Cathy Griffin
Ms. Wanda Gustas
Ms. Laura Guzman
Ida Elizabeth Hagman
Mr. and Mrs. David Hall
Diana and Gary Harper
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Hattan
Ms. Jennifer Hayward
Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Hegarty
Paula and James Hellige
Ms. Ann B. Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Henderson
Mr. Lloyd Hendrickson
Mr. Geoffrey Henry
Ms. Susan Hervey
Sandra Hill
Ron Hilton
Allan G. Hins and Marilyn E. Wilgocki
Ms. Dianne V. Hlinsky
Ms. Heidi J. Holan
Ms. Rosa Lidia Huante
Ms. Donna Ialongo
Stephanie Iglehart
Illinois Tool Works
Fatenah Issa
Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Jarman
Ms. Marilyn L. Jelinek
Tony and Julie Johnson
Mr. Brian K. Johnson
Mr. Timothy Johnson
Jolie Charcuterie
Ms. Felicia S. Kaplan
Tom and Kay Kelly
Mr. Dylan Kim
Mr. Randolph King
Mr. Joshua Klinzing
Ulrike Konchan
Ms. Anne Kopke
Michael F. Kozlowski
Ms. Claire Krzyzewski
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Kuhn
Linda Kulikowski
Mr. John Kunkes
L.L. Bean
Mr. Tom LaBarre
Mr. John L. Ladle, Jr.
Eileen B. Landau, Fidelity Charitable Trust, in Memory of Eliot A. Landau and Cateria A. Pryde
Ms. Nancy Lanning
Gregory and Kristine Larsen
Ms. Cheryl LeeVan
Ms. Catherine I. Lencioni
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Linde
Ms. Andrea Lindgren
Ms. Harriett Lindstrom
Ms. Donna J. Luce
Mark and Kathleen Lundberg
Ms. Anne Lysaught
Maestro Artist Management
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Makauskas
Leal Maloney
Madeleine and Ralph Marbach
Ms. Brandee Martin-Horton
Ms. Christine Maxwell
Jeffrey May
Ms. Elaine McCluskey
Mrs. Dorothy McCormack
Ms. Kathleen McCullough
Mr. and Mrs. David M. McGowan
Mr. and Mrs. James McGuire
Mary and Ray McMahon
Meson Sabika
Michael and Sandra Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Micek
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mies
Ms. Ann Mikulay
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Miller
Ms. Kendra Miller
Gail Minkus
Bud and Pat Motz
Mr. and Mrs. Don Motz
Ms. Lois Mouhelis
Ms. Phyllis A. Mueller
Ms. Barbara Murphy
Barbara and Ted Nagengast
Ernest and JoAnne Nassos
National Museum of Mexican Art
Michael and Judith Nigro
James and Joan Nocera
Mr. John L. Norton
Dr. James F. Nowakowski
Ms. Tonya Ohern
Gwen O'Loughlin
Ms. Judith W. Olson
Ms. Natalie Owen
Alice E. Packard
Greg and Sue Pawlowicz
Ms. Kimberly Peckenpaugh
Ms. Ruth Peterman
Ms. Erin Peterson
Rohan and Merlyn Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pillar
Pinecones & Stitches
Lisa Pint
Roger and Sarah Poeppel
Ms. Cassandra J. Ponstein
Ms. Lynda Pratscher
Roger and Vivian Pscherer
John and Mandy Rakow
Ms. Mari Kaye Rath
Ms. Tracey J. Reid
Reserve 22 Restaurant at Village Links
Mr. Leslie Robbins
Marlene and Bob Rosecrans
Ms. Patricia M. Rotondi
Mr. and Mrs. Gus A. Rousonelos
Nancy L. Ruby
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rynning
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Alfred Savino
Ms. Carleen L. Schreder
Mr. Carl Schref
Richard and Patricia Schwarze
Ms. Sherie Shapiro
Awad and Rhoda Sifri
Mike Sitrick
Ms. Peggy Slepian
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith
Ms. Rosemary Snow
Ms. Faria Sepahrokh
Ms. Barbara Soris
Ms. Patricia B. Spence
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spencer
Ms. Catherine Sreckovich
Ms. Eliza Stern
Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Stoll
Mr. and Mrs. John Stotts
Ms. Brandee Martin-Horton
Ms. Christine Maxwell
Jeffrey May
Ms. Elaine McCluskey
Mrs. Dorothy McCormack
Ms. Kathleen McCullough
Mr. and Mrs. David M. McGowan
Mr. and Mrs. James McGuire
Mary and Ray McMahon
Meson Sabika
Michael and Sandra Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Micek
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mies
Ms. Ann Mikulay
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Miller
Ms. Kendra Miller
Gail Minkus
Bud and Pat Motz
Mr. and Mrs. Don Motz
Ms. Lois Mouhelis
Ms. Phyllis A. Mueller
Ms. Barbara Murphy
Barbara and Ted Nagengast
Ernest and JoAnne Nassos
National Museum of Mexican Art
Michael and Judith Nigro
James and Joan Nocera
Mr. John L. Norton
Dr. James F. Nowakowski
Ms. Tonya Ohern
Gwen O'Loughlin
Ms. Judith W. Olson
Ms. Natalie Owen
Alice E. Packard
Greg and Sue Pawlowicz
Ms. Kimberly Peckenpaugh
Ms. Ruth Peterman
Ms. Erin Peterson
Rohan and Merlyn Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pillar
Pinecones & Stitches
Lisa Pint
Roger and Sarah Poeppel
Ms. Cassandra J. Ponstein
Ms. Lynda Pratscher
Roger and Vivian Pscherer
John and Mandy Rakow
Ms. Mari Kaye Rath
Ms. Tracey J. Reid
Reserve 22 Restaurant at Village Links
Mr. Leslie Robbins
Marlene and Bob Rosecrans
Ms. Patricia M. Rotondi
Mr. and Mrs. Gus A. Rousonelos
Nancy L. Ruby
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rynning
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Alfred Savino
Ms. Carleen L. Schreder
Mr. Carl Schref
Richard and Patricia Schwarze
Ms. Sherie Shapiro
Awad and Rhoda Sifri
Mike Sitrick
Ms. Peggy Slepian
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith
Ms. Rosemary Snow
Ms. Faria Sepahrokh
Ms. Barbara Soris
Ms. Patricia B. Spence
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spencer
Ms. Catherine Sreckovich
Ms. Eliza Stern
Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Stoll
Mr. and Mrs. John Stotts
Norma C. Stroner
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Suhrbur
Dr. Nancy Svoboda
Katherine Swihart
Tom and Jan Szot
Ms. Helen B. Szymanski
Ms. Kathleen Talenco
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West Side Story
April 9, 7:30pm | April 10, 3 p.m. 2022
★ ★ ★
New Philharmonic
Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor
45th Season 2021-2022

 

West Side Story

Concert Version

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins

Book by
Arthur Laurents
Music by
Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
 
Artistic and Music Director
Kirk Muspratt
 
General Manager
Paula Cebula
 
Associate Conductor/Librarian
Benjamin Nadel
 
Costume, Make-Up and Wig Design
Kimberly G. Morris
 
Lighting Design
Elias Morales
 
Sponsored by
Bjarne R. Ullsvik
 
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 3 p.m.
Belushi Performance Hall
 
 

Dear MAC Friends!

I am so thrilled to be writing to you with the wonderful news that we are returning to in-person performances in time to celebrate our 35th anniversary together! We have safety protocols in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which you can read about on our website, atthemac.org. As the pandemic changes, so will our policies and we will keep you updated.

This season is packed with your favorites. Music fans will enjoy everything from electrifying BoDeans, to the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, to The Texas Tenors. Get ready for a Mardi Gras and Zydeco party with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Mardi Gras Mambo. I also look forward to sharing one of the most compelling concerts I’ve seen, in an evening with Tony Award-winning Broadway star, Heather Headley.

We are happy to remain the home of our resident companies Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and New Philharmonic. BTE brings live theater back with Stove Toucher, a one-man show written and performed by Kurt Naebig, and closes the season with Naperville by Mat Smart. New Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Muspratt are putting on a blockbuster season starting with a Spooktakular concert filled with themes from your favorite horror cinema classics, followed by American melodies in Dvořák’s New World Symphony featuring the incomparable David Taylor playing one of the most complex violin pieces, culminating in a concert version of West Side Story.

Following the blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibition this summer, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art will open its season with COD alum and brilliant contemporary artist Tony Fitzpatrick. We will close the MAC season in 2022 by bringing back the beloved free outdoor Lakeside Summer series!

We look forward to seeing you and engaging in thought-provoking, joy-inducing, exciting LIVE entertainment. I look forward to seeing you back at the MAC soon!

Enjoy the show!

Diana Martinez
Director, McAninch Arts Center
 

Dear Friends of New Philharmonic,

Usually, I would begin this letter to you with something like:"Welcome to our New Philharmonic season! This is our 45th season and we are so very pleased to share this moment in our history with each and every one of you."

All of the above is true, sincerely felt and important.

However, in welcoming you back and in these extremely difficult times, I wanted to also share with you how vital I believe music is right now to each of us - whether player or patron. The Greeks used to say that music was the study of relationships between the hidden, internal parts of our humanness – that music has way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces in our hearts and helping us to figure out all that is inside of us.   

I believe this, and I am hoping that when you come to hear our wonderful musicians play the Largo of Dvořák's New World Symphony, John Williams' Artificial Intelligence, or “Tonight” from West Side Story, it will crack your hearts just open as it does mine.

We hope that we will bring much joy to your lives this year! The Halloween concert is going to be a hoot, the New Year's Eve concerts are always a blast, and movie themes from Beauty and the Beast and The Rocketeer should bring a smile to folks of all ages.

You and the New Philharmonic musicians are a total family. You are part of our orchestra - right there with us. We thank you for being so loyal, generous, and dedicated to something so meaningful and beautiful as this orchestra.

Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor

--------------- NEW PHILHARMONIC 2021-2022 SEASON --------------

Halloween Spooktakular
Saturday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.
 
New World
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m.
Dvořák: New World Symphony
No. 9 in E minor
Sarasate: Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
David Taylor, violin
 
New Year’s Eve Concert:
Viennese Classics, Movie Favorites & More!
Friday, Dec. 31, 1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.
Ted Allen Pickel, baritone

 A Night at the Movies

Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.
 
West Side Story
Saturday, Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 10, 3 p.m.

For tickets and information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org

New Philharmonic is grateful for support from:

Maria, sister of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks
Brooklyn Snow
 
Tony, Riff’s best friend
Matthew Greenblatt
 
Anita, girlfriend of Bernardo
Kate Tombaugh
 
Riff, leader of the Jets
Evan Bravos
 
Rosalia, a Shark girl/Maria Cover 
Susan Nelson
 
Francisca, a Shark girl
Molly Chesna
 
Consuelo, a Shark girl/Anita Cover 
Allison Selby Cook
 
Bernardo, leader of the Sharks/Action, a Jet/Riff Cover
Ryan Wolfe
 
Baby John, a Jet
William Ortega
 
Diesel, Riff’s lieutenant/Big Deal, a Jet/Snowboy, a Jet
Ryan Morrison
 
A-rab, a Jet/Tony Cover 
James Judd
 
Chorus members of the Jets, the Sharks and their girls
Molly Chesna
Allison Selby Cook
James Judd
Ryan Morrison
Susan Nelson
Colleen Ortega
William Ortega
Ryan Wolfe
 
There will be a 20-minute intermission.
 
A post-show discussion led by Michael Weber, Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre, will be held in the theatre.
 
 
Following the performance, please enjoy a complimentary cookie, sponsored by Brookdale Glen Ellyn.
 
 
 
The McAninch Arts Center season celebrates the memory of Joan Frank
for a lifetime of service, thanks to the support of family and friends.
 
Stage Manager/Production Manager
Joe Hopper
 
Sound Engineers
Ben Johnson, Fisher Parsons
 
Stage Crew
Bobby Bryan, Caitlyn Woods
 
Costume Shop Manager
Kimberly G. Morris
 
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor
Gretchen Woodley
 
Costume Shop Assistants
Rowan Brando, Eleanor Evans,
Katherine Gibson, Chris Yee
 

Act 1

Two rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, struggle for control of their neighborhood on the Upper West Side of New York City. Police officers Krupke and Lt. Schrank warn them to stop fighting on their beat. The police chase the Sharks off, and then the Jets plan how they can assure their continued dominance of the street. The Jets' leader, Riff, suggests setting up a rumble with the Sharks. He plans to make the challenge to Bernardo, the Sharks' leader, that night at the neighborhood dance. Riff wants to convince his best friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at the dance. Some of the Jets are unsure of his loyalty, but Riff is adamant that Tony is still one of them. Riff meets Tony while he's working at Doc's Drugstore to persuade him to come. Tony initially refuses, but Riff wins him over. Tony is convinced that something important is around the corner.

Maria works in a bridal shop with Anita, the girlfriend of her brother, Bernardo. Maria has just arrived from Puerto Rico for her arranged marriage to Chino, a friend of Bernardo's. Maria confesses to Anita that she is not in love with Chino. Anita makes Maria a dress to wear to the neighborhood dance.

At the dance, after introductions, the teenagers begin to dance; soon a challenge dance is called, during which Tony and Maria see each other across the room and are drawn to each other. They dance together, forgetting the tension in the room, and fall in love, but Bernardo pulls his sister from Tony and sends her home. Riff and Bernardo agree to meet for a War Council at Doc's, a drug store which is considered neutral ground, but meanwhile, an infatuated and happy Tony finds Maria's building and serenades her outside her bedroom. She appears on her fire escape, and the two profess their love for one another. Meanwhile, Anita, Rosalia, and the other Shark girls discuss the differences between the territory of Puerto Rico and the mainland United States of America, with Anita defending America, and Rosalia yearning for Puerto Rico .

The Jets get antsy while waiting for the Sharks inside Doc's drugstore. Riff helps them let out their aggression. The Sharks arrive to discuss weapons to use in the rumble. Tony suggests "a fair fight" (fists only), which the leaders agree to, despite the other members' protests. Bernardo believes that he will fight Tony, but must settle for fighting Diesel, Riff's second-in-command, instead. This is followed by a monologue by the ineffective Lt. Schrank trying to find out the location of the rumble. Tony tells Doc about Maria. Doc is worried for them while Tony is convinced that nothing can go wrong; he is in love.

The next day, Maria is in a very happy mood at the bridal shop, as she anticipates seeing Tony again, but she is dismayed when she learns about the upcoming rumble from Anita. When Tony arrives, Maria insists that he must stop the fight altogether, which he agrees to do. Before he goes, they dream of their wedding. Tony, Maria, Anita, Bernardo and the Sharks, and Riff and the Jets all anticipate the events to come that night. The gangs meet under the highway and, as the fight between Bernardo and Diesel begins, Tony arrives and tries to stop it. Though Bernardo taunts and provokes Tony, ridiculing his attempt to make peace, Tony keeps his composure. When Bernardo pushes Tony, Riff punches him in Tony's defense. The two draw their switchblades and get in a fight. Tony attempts to intervene, inadvertently leading to Riff being fatally stabbed by Bernardo. Tony kills Bernardo in a fit of rage, which in turn provokes an all-out fight like the fight in the Prologue. The sound of approaching police sirens is heard, and everyone scatters, except Tony, who stands in shock at what he has done. The tomboy Anybodys, who stubbornly wishes that she could become a Jet, tells Tony to flee from the scene at the last moment and flees with the knives. Only the bodies of Riff and Bernardo remain.

Act 2

Blissfully unaware that the rumble has taken place with fatal consequences, Maria giddily sings to her friends Rosalia, Teresita, and Francisca that she is in love. Chino brings the news that Tony has killed Bernardo, then leaves. Maria prays that what he has told her is a lie. Tony arrives to see Maria and she initially pounds on his chest with rage, but she still loves him. They plan to run away together. As the walls of Maria's bedroom disappear, they find themselves in a dreamlike world of peace.

Two of the Jets, A-Rab and Baby John, are set on by Officer Krupke, but they manage to escape him. They meet the rest of the gang. To cheer themselves up, they lampoon Krupke and the other adults who don't understand them. Anybodys arrives and tells the Jets that she has been spying on the Puerto Ricans; she has discovered that Chino has a gun and is looking for Tony. The gang separates to find Tony and protect him. Action has taken charge; he accepts Anybodys into the Jets and includes her in the search.

A grieving Anita arrives at Maria's apartment. As Tony leaves, he tells Maria to meet him at Doc's so they can run away to the country. In spite of her attempts to conceal it, Anita sees that Tony has been with Maria, and launches an angry tirade against him. Maria counters by telling Anita how powerful love is, and Anita realizes that Maria loves Tony as much as she had loved Bernardo. She admits that Chino has a gun and is looking for Tony. Lt. Schrank arrives to question Maria about her brother's death, and Anita agrees to go to Doc's to tell Tony to wait. Unfortunately, the Jets, who have found Tony, have congregated at Doc's, and they taunt Anita with racist slurs and eventually attempt rape. Doc arrives and stops them. Furious, Anita spitefully delivers the wrong message, telling the Jets that Chino has shot Maria dead.

Doc relates the news to Tony, who has been dreaming of heading to the countryside to have children with Maria. Feeling there is no longer anything to live for, Tony leaves to find Chino, begging for him to shoot him as well. Just as Tony sees Maria alive, Chino arrives and shoots Tony. The Jets, Sharks, and adults flock around the lovers. Maria holds Tony in her arms as he dies. Angry at the death of another friend, the Jets move towards the Sharks but Maria takes Chino's gun and tells everyone that "all of [them]" killed Tony and the others because of their hate for each other, and, "Now I can kill too, because now I have hate" she yells. However, she is unable to bring herself to fire the gun and drops it, crying in grief. Gradually, all the members of both gangs assemble on either side of Tony's body, showing that the feud is over. The Jets and Sharks form a procession, and together carry Tony away, with Maria the last one in the procession.

synopsis courtesy Wikipedia

Brooklyn Snow
Maria

Soprano Brooklyn Snow is a rising international artist with multiple performances to her credit in both Europe and the United States in her young career. This season, Ms. Snow debuted at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Choirs of America’s Emerging Artists Series, covered the role of Semele with Opera Santa Barbara. She debuted at Arizona Opera in A Little Night Music, and returns to Union Avenue Opera to sing Nannetta in Falstaff and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music. She is excited to be singing again with the New Philharmonic in West Side Story as Maria. Ms. Snow last sang with the New Philharmonic for their Show Boat and Show Tunes concert alongside her husband, Matthew Greenblatt (Tony).

In 2020, she sang all three heroine roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a well-reviewed return to Union Avenue Opera. “Snow was especially adept in distinguishing her three very different characters, displaying that stunning combination of vocal athleticism and theatrical smarts that impressed me so much in UAO’s Candide in 2019.”(Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX). Ms. Snow had previously received an Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nomination for her 2019 performance as Cunegonde in Candide with the company.

Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Ms. Snow holds music performance degrees from the University of Oregon and Indiana University School of Music.

In 2020, Ms. Snow debuted with Opera Santa Barbara as Woglinde in Das Rheingold, followed by a performance of At the Statue of Venus, a monodrama by Jake Heggie and covered the role of Norina in Don Paquale. Ms. Snow was a featured soprano in the Eugene Opera’s virtual New Year's Eve Gala Concert. She sang her first Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Bend in 2019 and will reprise the role with The Southern Illinois Music Festival in 2023. Ms. Snow was a finalist for the Central Region in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015. Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Ms. Snow holds music performance degrees from the University of Oregon and Indiana University School of Music.

Matthew Greenblatt
Tony

A native of Port Washington, New York, tenor Matthew Greenblatt is excited to be joining the New Philharmonic as Tony in West Side Story. Earlier this Season, Mr. Greenblatt covered the role of Jupiter in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Semele, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Choirs of America Emerging Artist Series alongside his wife, soprano, Brooklyn Snow. Mr. Greenblatt looks forward to covering the role of Fenton in Falstaff this summer with Union Avenue Opera, and is excited to sing the role of Nemorino with The Southern Illinois Music Festival in the summer of 2023. 

During the 2020-21 season, Mr. Greenblatt was in residence with Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio Artist. He was also a featured Tenor Soloist for Eugene Opera’s Virtual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert.

Prior to his training with Opera Santa Barbara, Mr. Greenblatt spent two seasons as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera where he covered the roles of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Mr. Greenblatt has been a finalist in the New York International Vocal Competition, The Saltworks Opera Competition, and a Semi-finalist in the Opera Index Competition.

Mr. Greenblatt holds Voice Performance degrees from The University of Michigan and Mannes.

 

Kate Tombaugh
Anita

Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International). She recently won first place in the Mildred C. Miller International Competition, hosted by Pittsburgh Festival Opera and featuring an all-mezzo edition. 

Earlier this spring, Tombaugh debuted in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra & Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir. In June, she'll be reprising The Dough in Rachel J. Peters’ Companionship with Virginia Arts Festival-John Duffy Institute, a leading role she first sang in the world premiere produced by Fort Worth Opera.

Some of her recent portrayals have included the lead heroines Isabella and Angelina with Winter Opera St. Louis in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola, respectively, and Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Stockton Opera. Tombaugh has been a featured soloist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, BEST Ensemble of Cincinnati, Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Evansville Philharmonic, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, among others. She regularly works with living composers and is an avid master class technician, presenter, and recitalist.

Tombaugh trained as a young artist in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist program, as a Gerdine Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow with the LA-based Songfest, and performed in the Opera Studio at AIMS in Graz, Austria. She holds a masters degree in voice-opera performance from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), and dual undergraduate degrees in English literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tombaugh is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization, Poco a Poco, hosting an intensive, week-long summer music training program for high school-aged vocalists, Community choir and guitar ensembles, and offering free concerts and events in her hometown of Streator, IL. Her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, is a composer and music professor at Millikin University. They are based in central Illinois and have two young daughters. For more information, please visit: www.katetombaugh.com and www.pocoapoco.org

Evan Bravos
Riff

Evan Bravos, Greek-American baritone, has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for his “strong singing and acting” and marked as “a young talent to watch.” Most recently, Opera News touted his “lovely lyric baritone” as “charming and guileless,” concluding that he “sang winningly” in the premiere of Matthew Recio and Royce Vavrek’s The Puppy Episode with Chicago Opera Theatre.

Engagements for the 2021-2022 season include Le Dancaïre in Carmen (Chicago Opera Theater) starring Jamie Barton and Stephanie Blythe, Handel’s Messiah (Santa Fe Symphony), Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s groundbreaking As One (Opera Santa Barbara), Riff in West Side Story (New Philharmonic) and several performances of Patrice Michaels’ Notorious RBG in Song. During the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Bravos performed in two world premieres, first creating the role of Clay (The Puppy Episode, by Matthew Reccio Royce Vavrek) in his principal debut with Chicago Opera Theater, and second, as Claudius for Joseph Summer’s Hamlet in a unique co-production between Boston’s The Shakespeare Concerts and the Ruse Bulgarian State Opera. He reprises the role of Claudius at Jordon Hall in Boston later this month, and finishes the season as a guest artist singing Marcello in La Bohème at Northwestern Opera Theater.

Mr. Bravos made his professional debut in the summer of 2019 as Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide at The Ravinia Festival. His operatic and concert experience has included appearances with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. In 2016, he made his European debut as baritone soloist with the Colorado Symphony Chorus Faure Requiem in Paris, Strasbourg and Munich. 

Mr. Bravos is a native of St. Charles, IL. He studied at Lawrence Conservatory (BM) and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (MM), where he is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts. Learn more about this artist at www.evanbravos.com

 

Molly Chesna
Francisca/Chorus

Molly Chesna is a professional soprano with a background in classical singing, musical theater, dance and gymnastics. Chesna holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from North Park University in Chicago, having studied under the late Annie Piccard. Upon graduation in May of 2020, Chesna has been working as a freelance musician during the pandemic, most recently playing the role of Clotilde in North Park University’s fall production of Handel’s Faramondo. Apart from performing, Chesna also teaches piano and voice lessons at Music Makers in Western Springs, IL.

Allison Selby Cook
Consuelo/Chorus/Anita Cover

Allison Selby Cook is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. She is so glad to reunite with much-missed New Philharmonic and DuPage friends, after previous full productions of The Merry Widow (Olga), Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky Cover/Chorus), and La Traviata (Flora Cover/Chorus). Current 2021-22 Season appearances: Music of the Baroque, Newberry Consort, Schola Antiqua, Early Music Now (Milwaukee), Illinois State University, University of Chicago, and a radio broadcast celebrating WFMT 98.7FM's 70th anniversary. In previous seasons, Cook has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, ShawChicago, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago Radio Theatre, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and at the Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After studying at Northwestern University, Cook went on to opera and early music festivals in Siena (Italy), New York, Boston, and Berkeley.

James Judd
A-rab/Chorus/Tony Cover

James Judd is excited to return to New Philharmonic for this exciting production of West Side Story! Recent performance credits include tenor soloist in Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert, Elder Hayes in the WNED-PBS film broadcast of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, tenor soloist in Händel's Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Camille in Lehár's The Merry Widow and Alfred in Strauss II's Die Fledermaus with New Philharmonic. Judd has participated as a Young Artist at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Opera Saratoga, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the Crittenden Opera Workshop, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center. Judd holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at The University of Iowa, and a Bachelors of Music in both Education and Vocal Performance from SUNY Fredonia.

Ryan Morrison
Diesel/Big Deal/Snowboy/Chorus

Ryan Morrison is an active performer in the Chicago area and is excited to return to New Philharmonic in this year’s production of West Side Story. He was seen most recently in New Philharmonic’s productions of Die Fledermaus and Mikado. Mr. Morrison has an extensive and passionate vocal background ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance pieces to contemporary operatic, oratorio, and choral works.

On stage, he’s performed a wide range of characters, including: a king, thieving scoundrel, buffoon, soldier, night watchman, shepherd, and even a drunken uncle! Past solo roles include: The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Ben Budge in Britten's The Beggars Opera, the Herald in Verdi’s Otello, and the Customs Official in Puccini’s La boheme. He has also performed in numerous local productions in the Christmas classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, as both Melchior and Balthazar – two of the three Kings.

Morrison is married to his lovely wife, Erika (also a New Philharmonic alum), has two children, Charlotte and Leo, a dog (Major Tom) and a cat (Mr. Mustard). A big Beatles fan, he plays bass and sings as “Sir Paul” in a local Beatles Tribute band, Abbey Roads.

Susan Nelson/Maria Cover
Rosalina/Chorus

Equally at home on the operatic stage or in concert repertoire, soprano Susan Nelson has been praised by critics for her “full, powerful voice – agile and pliant” as well as her interpretations, called both “sensitive and moving” and “full of life and vigor”, showcasing her versatility in repertoire from Bach and Mozart to verismo and contemporary opera, as well as light opera and popular music.

Nelson’s opera works has included four Mozart soprano roles, two Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Micaëla in Carmen, as well as covering four small roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A member of the Grant Park Chorus since 2003 and soprano soloist in their 2021 Vivaldi Gloria, Nelson’s Chicago area solo appearances include Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Choral Union, Elgin Master Chorale, and Midwest Mozart Festival.

Nelson teaches through Music of the Baroque’s Strong Voices program and at Concordia University Chicago and is the music director at Grace Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect. During the pandemic she also has recorded 500 songs by women composers/songwriters of all different genres. She is also a soloist on three CDs from Music of the Baroque, Peace Be (works by David Jennings) and the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus’ first a cappella CD, Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works, which was released in 2012. Ms. Nelson tied for third place for the 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in the Professional Opera Division, was also a 2014 Finalist for the Chicago Oratorio Award by the same organization, and is a recipient of a Career Encouragement Award from the MacAllister Foundation.

 

Colleen Ortega
Chorus

Colleen Ortega is the director of music at St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish in River Forest, IL. Professionally, Ms. Ortega has performed as a pianist, organist, clarinetist and vocalist (contralto) in her native Canada, Europe, and here in the Chicago area. She has worked with Main Street Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci), Da Corneto Opera (Faust, Noli Me Tangere, Nabucco) Sinfonietta Bel Canto (Il Tabarro,Suor Angelica), New Philharmonic (Merry Widow) and is so pleased to be back for this production of West Side Story.

William Ortega
Baby John/Chorus

William Ortega, tenor, is the Orchestra and Associate Band Director at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. He has appeared as a chorister and in various comprimario roles with DuPage Opera and as a utility clarinetist with the New Philharmonic. Mr. Ortega is a voice student of Alvaro Ramirez.

Ryan Wolfe
Bernardo/Action/Chorus/Riff Cover

Arlington Heights, IL native Ryan Wolfe is a passionate musician who is fueled by his love for collaboration and performance. Wolfe has won an Encouragement Award in the Central Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is a two-time semi-finalist of the Lotte Lenya Competition, and won first prize in the 2022 University of Cincinnati – CCM Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition. This year at CCM, Wolfe was seen as Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Cardinal 3/Priest/Father in Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. In March of 2022, Wolfe returned to Des Moines Metro Opera to cover Papageno in Barry Kosky’s internationally acclaimed production of Die Zauberflöte.

 

Kirk Muspratt
Music Director and Conductor

Kirk Muspratt recently received the 2020 Programming of the Year Award as well as the 2018 Conductor of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. He was also named “Chicagoan of the Year” in classical music by John von Rhein and the staff of the Chicago Tribune. In honoring Muspratt, von Rhein said, “Ask the delighted adults and kids who this year flocked to his concerts in west suburban Glen Ellyn with the New Philharmonic Orchestra … They will tell you he made concert going an interactive experience that was both enlightening and— are you ready?—fun.”

Recognized as one of the outstanding figures in the new generation of conductors, Muspratt has garnered international critical acclaim as a “born opera conductor” (Rheinische Post), “a knowledgeable musician who delivers superbly controlled, gorgeously shaped readings” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and “friend to local music” (Midwest Beat Magazine). The Los Angeles Times declared, “Watch him!”

In July 2004, Muspratt was named both music director of New Philharmonic and artistic director/music director of DuPage Opera Theatre (now New Philharmonic Opera). In his last fifteen years, productions featured Otello, Madama Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Faust, Tosca, The Beggars Opera, Elixir of Love, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan Tutte, The Mikado, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and The Merry Widow.

In 2017 and 2009, New Philharmonic was awarded Professional Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Programming of the Year award, also by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, was garnered in 2019 and bestowed in 2020.

In his first months at New Philharmonic, Muspratt instituted a Side-by-Side program for local high school students. Six years ago, Muspratt initiated a popular Solo Competition for Children that results in a child performing at every New Philharmonic concert. In order to involve the community to the maximum, Muspratt has created “Just Ask Kirk™” cards for audience members’ questions and a “Kirkature™” cartoon to help advocate the credo: “Classical music is for everyone.”

Muspratt begins his 20th acclaimed season as music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (NISO). In 2006, with NISO, he initiated the South Shore Summer Music Festival.

From 1991 through 1996, Muspratt served as resident conductor to Lorin Maazel at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, he was appointed as associate conductor to Joseph Silverstein at the Utah Symphony Orchestra (1990-1992). From 1987 through 1990, Muspratt served as assistant conductor to Leonard Slatkin at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was music director of the Alberta Ballet from 1997 through 1999. At the New York Philharmonic, Muspratt has served as a cover conductor.

In addition to his work in Pittsburgh, Utah and St. Louis, Muspratt has guest conducted the orchestras of Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Korean Broadcast Symphony, Detroit, Rochester, National Arts Center, Vancouver, Knoxville, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Victoria, Thunder Bay, New Orleans, Stamford, Binghamton, Lafayette, South Bend, Puchon, Annapolis, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Symphony. Summer debuts have included the Tanglewood, Chautauqua and Sewanee Music Festivals and the Banff Center for Performing Arts.

In Europe, Muspratt was assistant conductor in the opera houses of Monchengladbach/ Krefeld, Germany, from 1985 to 1987. His American opera-conducting debut came with the Utah Opera in 1991. He returned there to premiere Mascagni’s L‘Amico Fritz. Maestro Muspratt has conducted Die Fledermaus for the Calgary Opera, Faust and Merry Widow for the Utah Opera, Of Mice and Men and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Arizona Opera, all to stunning critical acclaim. In addition, he debuted at the Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Opera Festival in Virginia. He returned to Arizona Opera to conduct their production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, to the Utah Opera for their new production of Faust and Amahl and the Night Visitors at Opera Illinois.

In 1983 and 1984, Muspratt was invited to be a scholarship student at the Chautauqua Institute and in 1986 was selected as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. A year later, he was invited into the Conducting Program at the Tanglewood Festival. In 1988, he was chosen to be one of three conducting fellows for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute at the Hollywood Bowl.

As a teacher, Muspratt has taught at the Conductors’ Institute of the University of South Carolina, the Conductors’ Guild National Workshops, Association of Canadian Orchestras National Conference in Toronto, the Conductors’ Studio at Illinois State University and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. During the summer, he has often taught a graduate conducting class at VanderCook College of Music and for the last three summers has been teaching at the Northwestern University Summer Opera Seminar. In 2019, he taught graduate conducting master classes at Illinois State University and judged the concerto competition at Northwestern University. Muspratt recently completed a six-year tenure on the board of directors of the Conductors’ Guild.

Having always enjoyed working with young people, he has conducted the Pennsylvania Regional Orchestra and the Pennsylvania All- State Orchestra and most recently the IMEA District 9 orchestra. Muspratt has conducted the Boston University Tanglewood Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Muspratt has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them grants from the Canada Council and the Presser Foundation. In 1983 and again in 1984, he was winner of the Strauss Conducting Prize while a conducting student at the Vienna Conservatory. During his tenure in Utah, he received the first Utah Up ’n Comers Award ever given to a classical musician. This honor was awarded to Muspratt for his work and involvement in the Utah Arts Community. In 1987, he was named winner of the prestigious Exxon/Affiliate Artists Award.

He began his studies as a pianist in New York with Harold Zabrack and continued his studies at Temple University with Adele Marcus and Alexander Fiorillo. After completing graduate studies, Muspratt was accepted into the conducting program at the Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria.

Muspratt is a native of Crows Nest Pass, Alberta, Canada. He became an American citizen in the summer of 2010.

In 2016, he was honored to become a Paul Harris Fellow, an award named for the Rotary International Founder, Paul Harris. In recent seasons, Muspratt has conducted at the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

Benjamin Nadel
Associate Conductor and Principal Librarian

Benjamin Nadel is a classically trained conductor, pianist, and violinist. Based in Chicago, he is the Associate Conductor and Orchestra Librarian for the New Philharmonic and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Orchestra Director at North Central College. Nadel served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master at the Midwest Institute of Opera from 2011 – 2015.

Nadel began his conducting studies with Dr. Glenn Block at Illinois State University while completing his undergraduate degree. He then went on to receive his MA in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Iowa with Dr. William LaRue Jones. Early on in his studies, Nadel fell in love with operatic conducting because to him, it is one of the most moving and all-encompassing art forms. This passion for opera led him to the Cincinnati Conservatory’s summer opera program in Spoleto, Italy, where he studied with Maestro Mark Gibson. It was after this that he became Assistant Conductor at the Midwest Institute of Opera, where he had the privilege to work closely with Maestro Joshua Greene of the Metropolitan Opera. Nadel is devoted to understanding the native languages of operatic scores in order to best interpret them musically, so he spent 2 summers in Italian language immersion, and has a firm command of German as well.

As an orchestral conductor, Nadel has worked with several youth groups and high school ensembles, including New Trier, Metea Valley, Glenbard West, and Stevenson High School, as well as the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony. He also regularly conducts on the summer concerts at New Philharmonic and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Elias Morales
Lighting Design

Elias Morales is excited to be working as the Lighting Designer for another amazing production at College of DuPage! For the past 14 years, he has been working as a freelance lighting designer, stage manager, and as a stage technician around Chicago. In addition, he has also had the pleasure of traveling across the US on tour with dance and sketch comedy companies.  While working with so many individuals throughout the US has been fun, it is a pure delight to be working with all the passionate and talented individuals at the MAC on the show tonight!

Kimberly G. Morris
Costume, Hair and Makeup Design

Kimberly G. Morris is pleased to continue her work at College of DuPage. Prior to joining the crew at COD she spent 13 years as a freelance costume, makeup, wig and properties designer throughout Chicago and the east coast. She is a company member of Babes with Blades Theatre Company where she has designed Promise of a Rose Garden, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Patchwork Drifter, Macbeth, Susan Swayne and Bewildered Bride and Bo Thomas and the Case of the Spy Pirates. Other favorite past projects include Carmilla and Grease at COD; puppet design for Lifeline Theatre’s Neverwhere, and costumes/masks for their Island of Dr. Moreau; costume and puppet design for Akvavit Theatre’s production of Blue Planet; and properties design for Chicago Children’s Theatre productions of A Year with Frog and Toad and 100 Dresses. She has also designed for Stage Left Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, Ball State University, American Shakespeare Center, Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Tecumseh!, Wilmette Arts Center, NWHS and MEHS.

 

Kirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor
Chair sponsored by Jeanette N. Giragos* and Renee Giragos, in memory of Dr. Henry G. Giragos and by Bob and Joan Olach
 
1st Violin
Whun Kim, Concertmaster
Chair sponsored by Sue and Dick Lamb
Kristen Wiersum
Sam Battista
Stephane Collopy
Jo Marie Sison
Gina Young
John Ling
Bill Kronenberg
 
2nd Violin
Mara Gallagher, Principal
Chair sponsored by Dr. Donald E. Newsom, in memory of Dr. Mary Ellen Newsom
Kristen LeJeune
Chikako Miyata
Karen Nelson
Jennifer Silk
Melissa Streidl
 
Cello
Melissa Bach, Principal
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Claire Langenberg
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Dorothy Deen
Chair sponsored by John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Nancy Moore
Wei Lu Denton
 
Bass
Michael Meehan, Principal
Chair sponsored by Margaret and Michael McCoy
Julian Romane
Alan Steiner
 
Flute
Carolyn May, Principal
Chair sponsored by Kathleen Yosko
Maria Schwartz
Irene Claude
 
Oboe
Melinda Getz, Principal
Chair sponsored by Sue and Dick Lamb
 
Clarinet
Lacy Garbar, Principal
Chair sponsored by Durema Kohl*
Jennifer Woodrum
Barbara Drapcho
 
Soprano Saxophone
Hunter Bockes
 
Alto Saxophone
Jordan Luloff
 
Tenor/Baritone Saxophone
Janos Csontos
 
Bassoon
Dianne Ryan
 
Horn
Phil Stanley, Principal
Chair sponsored by Dr. Donald G. Westlake
Mary Jo Neher
Chair sponsored by Lowell and Barbara Anderson
 
Trumpet
David Gauger, Principal
Chair sponsored by Margaret and Michael McCoy
Ryan Hobbs
Paul Semanic
 
Trombone
Tom Stark, Principal
Adam Moen
 
Timpani
Kent Barnhart
 
Percussion
David Victor, Principal
Chair sponsored by Jim and Tally Knippen
Andrew Cierny
Collin Boltz
Eric Hines
 
Keyboard
Patricia Lee
 
Orchestra Manager
Paula Cebula
 
Associate Conductor, Librarian
Benjamin Nadel
 
Personnel Manager
Karen Dickelman

*deceased

    

 

McAninch Arts Center acknowledges and gives grateful thanks to those donors who have contributed in support of the MAC mission and vision. This list of donors reflects contributions made from July 1, 2020 - Jan. 28, 2022. While we carefully prepared this list, we recognize that errors may have occurred. Please accept our apology if you are not properly represented on this list and contact the College of DuPage Foundation at (630) 942-2462 so we may correct our records.

Leadership Circle
($5,000 and up)
Anonymous (4)
American International Group
Lowell and Barbara Anderson
The John A. Attard Family Foundation
Anna Ball
Bank of America
Dr. and Mrs. Brian W. Caputo
Mrs. Clark G. Carpenter
Anita Dickson
DuPage Foundation
Mr. David J. Frank
G. Carl Ball Family Foundation
Goya Foods, Inc
JCS Fund of DuPage Foundation
La Tequileria, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lamb and Susan and Richard Lamb Charitable Fund of The DuPage Foundation
Mr. Larry C. Larson*
Ms. Diana L. Martinez
Dr. and Mrs. Harold D. McAninch
Margaret and Michael McCoy
Ms. Kimberly G. Morris
Mr. Doug Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Peterson
Meri Phillips
John Rutledge and Betty Joseph
Charles Schlau
Mr. and Mrs. Steven E. Shebik
State of Illinois
STG Divorce Law
Terrence J. Taylor and Maureen Sullivan Taylor
Bjarne R. Ullsvik
VALIC
Dr. Donald G. Westlake
Wight & Company
Mark Wight and Eszter Borvendeg
Ms. Kathleen Yosko
 
Encore Circle
($2,500–$4,999)
Anonymous (2)
Joseph and Betsy Ballek
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Burke
Rick and Patty Carney
John and Pamela Dalby
Enertherm Corporation/Russ and Judy Flores
Gilbert Family Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable Fund
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Knippen, II
Karen and Gene Kuhn
Marilyn H. Wolff Foundation
David and Carolyn May
Jane E. Moore
Joan Morrissey
Drs. Donald E. and Mary Ellen Newsom
Joan and Bob Olach
Dorothy I. O'Reilly
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Padgett
Ms. Mary N. Pieters
Mr. and Mrs. William Podgorski
Kelly and Roland Raffel, in memory of Herbert K. Raffel
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shoemaker
Geraldine Smrcina
Marilyn Smrcina
Angel and Troy Traub
Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Webb
Wheaton Noon Rotary
Bonnie M. Wheaton
 
Director’s Circle
($1,000–$2,999)
Anonymous (5)
Tony Achilles
Robert and Lynne Anderson and the Robert and Lynne Anderson Charitable Fund of US Charitable Gift Trust
Katherine Balek
Harold and Karen Bauer
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bentley
Mr. and Mrs. James Blaha
Prof. and Mrs. Charles E. Boone
Chicago Westmont Tesla
Community Foundation of Will County
James and Marie Drasal and The Drasal Family Fund of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
E. Jay Van Cura MD Charitable Fund of Vanguard Charitable
Anonymous Design, Inc.
Marcela Fanning
Debbie Fulks
Jeanette N. and Renee Giragos, in memory of Dr. Henry G. Giragos
Ginni and Chris
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Hartman
Mr. Mark J. Hill
Humernansky Family Foundation
Jorge and Beatriz Iorgulescu
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Jenkins
Jeffrey Jens and Ann Boisclair
The Johansen Family Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Johnson
Kenneth & Nancy Serwinski Charitable Fund -Schwab Charitable
Mr. and Mrs. James Klang
Charlene Kornoski-Du Vall
Mr. William Kronenberg
Ms. Mary Locher
Marilyn and Tipton McCawley, Jr.
John and Lynette McCortney
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Menenberg
Bill and Nancy Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mulacek
Kirk Muspratt, in memory of Henry and Jeanette Giragos
Nicor Gas
Judith May O'Dell
Jane Oldfield
Karen Webb Owen
Madeleine Pachay
Ms. Linda A. Picchiottino
Jeffrey and Debora Ponko
Mr. and Mrs. Paul P. Pyrcik, Jr.
Richard and Elizabeth Quaintance
Gary and Mary Rash
The Rev. Dr. Curtis and Leanne Rolfe
Judy Ronaldson
Jordan Ross
Rotary International District 6440
Rotary International District 6450, Inc
Ms. Theresa M. Sak
Ms. Lisa Savegnago and Mr. Ronald A. Johnson
Mr. John Schofield
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Serwinski and the Kenneth and Nancy Serwinski Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable
Kristin and Peter Shulman
Skeet and Laura Skeet
Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Stephenson, Jr.
TJ Moore Giving Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Todd and Mimi Menenberg Charitable Fund - Schwab Charitable
Mr. and Mrs. Avram Tucker
Theodore M. Utchen
Dr. and Mrs. E. Jay Van Cura and The E Jay Van Cura MD Charitable Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
James and Patricia Vary
Scott and Kristen Wiersum
Rich and Kathy Wilders
The Marilyn H. Wolff Foundation
Jo Anne Zipperer
 
Ambassador Circle
($500–$999)
Anonymous (4)
Ms. Bonniejean Alford
Col. and Mrs. Renato P. Bacci, Jr.
Ms. Susannah Ball
Jack and Mary Ellen Barry
Gayle and Don Bartell
Ms. Eunice Becker
Mr. Geoffrey Bevington
Mr. and Mrs. Collin M. Biggs
Ronald and Hope Bucher
William Bulger
Capt. Bernardo lorgulescu USMC Memorial Fund DuPage Foundation
Peach and Wayne Carr
Mr. Robert B. Chasteen
Chocolaterie Stam of Glen Ellyn
Megan and Peter Clifford
Delta Airlines
Dempsey-Musker
Janet Derber
Robert and Carol Drake, Jr.
William and Kathleen Drennan
Joanne East
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Elliott
Joseph and Frances Eraci
Finances by Design Inc.
Mr. Anthony Fitzpatrick
Mr. and Mrs. Jose G. Flores
Ms. Karen Gustafson
Gwen and Chet Henry
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Herndon
Mr. Glenn Hopkins
Ms. Judith Hunnicutt
Dr. Beth Johnson
Jon and Ruth Good Foundation - Fidelity Charitable Fund
Dee Kaempen
Christine Kickels
Ms. Julie Knudson and Mr. Paul Nielson
Richard and Sheila Komarek
Ida Lee
Ms. Kathy Leimbach
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lietz
Barb and Scott Marquardt
Mr. Henry A. Matthews
Ellen and Daniel McGowan
Mr. Glenn McMurray
Dr. and Mrs. John Messitt
LTC and Mrs. James Milobowski
John Mulherin
Ms. Laurel Niska
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Norton
Helen Pachay
Parkers' Restaurant and Bar
Jim and Lorraine Paulissen
PGA Tour Superstore
Pica-do-yo, LLC
Ginny and Don Raths
Mr. William C. Raymond
Ms. Amy Ripepi
Al and Cecile Robinson
Ms. Celia E. Rodee
Sylvia Rodee
Rotary Club of Carol Stream (Club 3112)
Ms. Lisa Sallwasser
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seidlitz
The Shimp Family
Ms. Donna Jean Simon
Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Steenwyk
Wheaton Rotary A.M. Club

 

Performer ($250–$499)
Anonymous (10)
Young Ahn
Terri Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Anderson
Andrew and Maria Smith Charitable Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Mrs. Lynnette Arendt
Barbara and Paul Aronson
Vickie Austin
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. Ben
Mr. and Ms. John Borge
Jim and Sandy Boves
Lesley Brown
Ed and Kay Burton
Cabernet & Company
Gayatri Choudhary
Ms. Linda Clark
Ms. Jenny Croitoru
Bill Curry and Gretchen Fleming
Sharon D'Alessandro
Ms. Sara De Zara
Joy and Ron Detmer
Barbara DiGuido
Senator and Mrs. Kirk Dillard
Ms. Mary A. Donlon
Evalee Dumas
Carol and David Eisinger
Mr. Ryan M. Ellison
Ms. Brenda Eriksen
Christine and Craig Fenne
David and Janet Fox
Kenneth D. Frank
Marcia and Lorne Frank
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Franzen
David Fraser
Ms. Marilyn Fredrickson
Ms. Rebecca Garcia
Ms. Margaret R. Glenzinski
Ms. Joann Gras
Ms. Adrianne Gregory
Mr. Bruce Guzman
Catherine and Art Hall
Greg and Alexandra Hart
Brad and Victoria Hauserman
Jean M. Hawkinson
Lance Herning
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hlotke
Judy A. Hoskins
Representative Terra Costa Howard and Nick Howard
Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Hudetz
Mr. Bob Jackula
Janet and John Judd
Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Junkroski
Ms. Barbara Kamm
Karl and Lee Ann Karnatz
Virginia and Charles Klingsporn
John P. and Catherine M. Kos
Ms. Bernadette Laszewski and Mr. John Fossen
Mrs. and Mr. Cindy Lattimer
Massimo Letizia
Ms. Alixe Lischett
Mrs. Hsiu Susan Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Manire
Marinella's Ristorante Italiano
Janet Marks
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Marsh
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Massa
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Matte, Jr.
Mr. Donald E. McGowan and Ms. Mary L. Prazak
Florine McKay
Mr. and Mrs. John Meier
Sharon A. Meltzer
Ms. Beatriz Mendoza
Nina and Mark Menis
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Metcalfe
Monarch Landing
Mr. and Mrs. Darren Morrison
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Morton
Ms. and Mr. Jane Mrofka
Mr. and Mrs. John Nassos
Ms. Kerry O'Brien and Mr. Doug King
Mr. Dan O'Connor
Ms. and Mr. Adriana Ohl Zamora
Olive 'N Vinnie's Oil and Balsamic Bar
Ms. Debra Ombrello
Ms. Vivian Palicki
Mr. Jim Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pfefferman
Press Photography Network
Tom and Karen Pulver
Brian and Ambika Reid
Ms. Diane G. Rath
Ms. Patricia Read
Barb and Kell Reimann
Richard J.and Linda J. Sieracki Foundation
Ms. Rene' M. Richards
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk T. Roberts
Ms. Yolanda E. Rocio
Adrianne Roggenbuck
Mr. Paul Rom
Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle
Janey Sarther
Jerry and Susan Schurmeier
Dr. Thomas R. Scott
Mr. Gerald Sendra
Mr. and Ms. Andrew Smith and the Andrew and Maria Smith Charitable Fund - Fidelity Charitable
Mr. Vince Sparrow
Chris Steinys
Lisa and Ted Stevens
Suzan and Glenn Stith
Ms. Janet Stiven
Cherry Stoddard
Su Ki's Salon
Grace and Len Swanson
Ms. Patti Taves
Anthony and Mona Taylor
Ms. Marie L. Tenzinger
The Sentius Chartiable Fund
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Vires
Mr. Jeremy Vrtis
Ms. Deborah Walsh
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Wdowiarz
Ms. Nancy Webster
Ms. Kathy Wessel
Ginger and Paul Wheeler
Ms. Olivia Schreiner and Mr. Justin Witte
Jerry and Lin Zielinski
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Zimmermann
 
Friend ($50–$249)
Anonymous (18)
A Toda Madre
Sue Adams
Peggy Aldworth
Ms. Sandra Alexander
Nancy Allured
American Association of University Women - Lombard
American Association of University Women
Tina Connelly and Dennis Anderson
Andrew's Garden
Ms. Nancy Arango
Mr. and Mrs. Kent C. Aufdengarten
Ms. Christine A. Aument
Avanzare Restaurant
Cynthia Baranowski
Darlene Barger
A. C. Barnicle
Bob and Joy Barrell
Debbie Barrett and Barry Zelinski
Ms. Pam Bartle
Ms. Betty Basista Ronaldson
Betty and Bob Becker
Ms. Beverly J. Bednarik
Biff Behr and Lynne Richman
Ms. Patricia Bell-Daniels
Marty and Betty Bender
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Bensenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Binnig
Mrs. Germaine Bird
Ms. Dianne Birdsall
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bolbat
Mr. and Mrs. James Borus
Mr. Franklin E. Bowes
Mrs. Linda Bradley
Susan Brassfield
Mr. Gerard Brosnan
Mr. George Bruce
Nickey Brummel
Dr. and Mrs. John E. Buntrock
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Burgis
Mildred and Harold Burrow
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burrows
C.B. Conlin Landscapes, Inc
Mr. John Cadle
Mr. and Mrs. Will Calderwood
Cantigny Golf Club
Ms. Virginia Cantu
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carlson
Ms. Katherine Carmichael
Jim Carsten
Mrs. Janet Casey
Mr. Joseph Cassidy
Greg and Janet Chejfec
Ms. Lourdes S. Chew
Ms. Nancy Chlumsky
Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Clark
Ms. Michele Clemen
Ms. Gretchen Colavito
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Connolly
Peggy Connolly
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Conti
Ms. Patricia Conway
Ms. Erica Coppolino
CycleBar Wheaton
Lee Dabkey
Jeanne E. Davik
DC Body Bar
George W. and Ann Dervis
Marilyn and Gene Dicola
Ms. Katheryn Dillon
Mark and Kim Dorn
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
Ms. Margaret Doyle
Alan and Carolyn Drake
Bruce and Kathy Dudzik
Edwin A. and Gerry Dulik
Jenny Dunbar
Ms. Laura Durudogan
Ms. Anita Dykema
Daniel Edelman and Fran Kravitz
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Egan
Eileen B. Landau Charitable Fund of Fidelity Charitable
Penelope Ellsworth
William Epcke
Miles Evans
George and Kathryn Fairbairn
William and Sally Newton Fairbank
Mr. Gregory Finch
Ms. Ann Fink
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Fischer
Ms. Janice L. Fogle
Ms. Judith D. Frazier
Ruta Freimanis
Jay French
Fusion Hair Salon
Ms. Anne Gabriel
Ms. Jo Anne Ganziano
Mary Jane Garrett
James and Nancy Gianfrancisco
Bob and Carrie Gibson
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gibson
Ms. Wanda Giusts
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Glab
Glen Ellyn Historical Society
Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon
Ms. Anne Gould
Jack and Robin Graham and the Graham Giving Fund of Fidelity Charitable
Lenn Grayes
Ms. Aldona Green
Ms. Nancy Ann Green
Ms. Cathy Griffin
Ms. Wanda Gustas
Ms. Laura Guzman
Ida Elizabeth Hagman
Mr. and Mrs. David Hall
Diana and Gary Harper
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Hattan
Ms. Jennifer Hayward
Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Hegarty
Paula and James Hellige
Ms. Ann B. Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Henderson
Mr. Lloyd Hendrickson
Mr. Geoffrey Henry
Ms. Susan Hervey
Sandra Hill
Ron Hilton
Allan G. Hins and Marilyn E. Wilgocki
Ms. Dianne V. Hlinsky
Ms. Heidi J. Holan
Ms. Rosa Lidia Huante
Ms. Donna Ialongo
Stephanie Iglehart
Illinois Tool Works
Fatenah Issa
Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Jarman
Ms. Marilyn L. Jelinek
Tony and Julie Johnson
Mr. Brian K. Johnson
Mr. Timothy Johnson
Jolie Charcuterie
Ms. Felicia S. Kaplan
Tom and Kay Kelly
Mr. Dylan Kim
Mr. Randolph King
Mr. Joshua Klinzing
Ulrike Konchan
Ms. Anne Kopke
Michael F. Kozlowski
Ms. Claire Krzyzewski
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Kuhn
Linda Kulikowski
Mr. John Kunkes
L.L. Bean
Mr. Tom LaBarre
Mr. John L. Ladle, Jr.
Eileen B. Landau, Fidelity Charitable Trust, in Memory of Eliot A. Landau and Cateria A. Pryde
Ms. Nancy Lanning
Gregory and Kristine Larsen
Ms. Cheryl LeeVan
Ms. Catherine I. Lencioni
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Linde
Ms. Andrea Lindgren
Ms. Harriett Lindstrom
Ms. Donna J. Luce
Mark and Kathleen Lundberg
Ms. Anne Lysaught
Maestro Artist Management
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Makauskas
Leal Maloney
Madeleine and Ralph Marbach
Ms. Brandee Martin-Horton
Ms. Christine Maxwell
Jeffrey May
Ms. Elaine McCluskey
Mrs. Dorothy McCormack
Ms. Kathleen McCullough
Mr. and Mrs. David M. McGowan
Mr. and Mrs. James McGuire
Mary and Ray McMahon
Meson Sabika
Michael and Sandra Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Micek
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mies
Ms. Ann Mikulay
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Miller
Ms. Kendra Miller
Gail Minkus
Bud and Pat Motz
Mr. and Mrs. Don Motz
Ms. Lois Mouhelis
Ms. Phyllis A. Mueller
Ms. Barbara Murphy
Barbara and Ted Nagengast
Ernest and JoAnne Nassos
National Museum of Mexican Art
Michael and Judith Nigro
James and Joan Nocera
Mr. John L. Norton
Dr. James F. Nowakowski
Ms. Tonya Ohern
Gwen O'Loughlin
Ms. Judith W. Olson
Ms. Natalie Owen
Alice E. Packard
Greg and Sue Pawlowicz
Ms. Kimberly Peckenpaugh
Ms. Ruth Peterman
Ms. Erin Peterson
Rohan and Merlyn Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pillar
Pinecones & Stitches
Lisa Pint
Roger and Sarah Poeppel
Ms. Cassandra J. Ponstein
Ms. Lynda Pratscher
Roger and Vivian Pscherer
John and Mandy Rakow
Ms. Mari Kaye Rath
Ms. Tracey J. Reid
Reserve 22 Restaurant at Village Links
Mr. Leslie Robbins
Marlene and Bob Rosecrans
Ms. Patricia M. Rotondi
Mr. and Mrs. Gus A. Rousonelos
Nancy L. Ruby
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rynning
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Alfred Savino
Ms. Carleen L. Schreder
Mr. Carl Schref
Richard and Patricia Schwarze
Ms. Sherie Shapiro
Awad and Rhoda Sifri
Mike Sitrick
Ms. Peggy Slepian
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith
Ms. Rosemary Snow
Ms. Faria Sepahrokh
Ms. Barbara Soris
Ms. Patricia B. Spence
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spencer
Ms. Catherine Sreckovich
Ms. Eliza Stern
Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Stoll
Mr. and Mrs. John Stotts
Ms. Brandee Martin-Horton
Ms. Christine Maxwell
Jeffrey May
Ms. Elaine McCluskey
Mrs. Dorothy McCormack
Ms. Kathleen McCullough
Mr. and Mrs. David M. McGowan
Mr. and Mrs. James McGuire
Mary and Ray McMahon
Meson Sabika
Michael and Sandra Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Micek
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mies
Ms. Ann Mikulay
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Miller
Ms. Kendra Miller
Gail Minkus
Bud and Pat Motz
Mr. and Mrs. Don Motz
Ms. Lois Mouhelis
Ms. Phyllis A. Mueller
Ms. Barbara Murphy
Barbara and Ted Nagengast
Ernest and JoAnne Nassos
National Museum of Mexican Art
Michael and Judith Nigro
James and Joan Nocera
Mr. John L. Norton
Dr. James F. Nowakowski
Ms. Tonya Ohern
Gwen O'Loughlin
Ms. Judith W. Olson
Ms. Natalie Owen
Alice E. Packard
Greg and Sue Pawlowicz
Ms. Kimberly Peckenpaugh
Ms. Ruth Peterman
Ms. Erin Peterson
Rohan and Merlyn Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pillar
Pinecones & Stitches
Lisa Pint
Roger and Sarah Poeppel
Ms. Cassandra J. Ponstein
Ms. Lynda Pratscher
Roger and Vivian Pscherer
John and Mandy Rakow
Ms. Mari Kaye Rath
Ms. Tracey J. Reid
Reserve 22 Restaurant at Village Links
Mr. Leslie Robbins
Marlene and Bob Rosecrans
Ms. Patricia M. Rotondi
Mr. and Mrs. Gus A. Rousonelos
Nancy L. Ruby
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rynning
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Alfred Savino
Ms. Carleen L. Schreder
Mr. Carl Schref
Richard and Patricia Schwarze
Ms. Sherie Shapiro
Awad and Rhoda Sifri
Mike Sitrick
Ms. Peggy Slepian
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith
Ms. Rosemary Snow
Ms. Faria Sepahrokh
Ms. Barbara Soris
Ms. Patricia B. Spence
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spencer
Ms. Catherine Sreckovich
Ms. Eliza Stern
Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Stoll
Mr. and Mrs. John Stotts
Norma C. Stroner
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Suhrbur
Dr. Nancy Svoboda
Katherine Swihart
Tom and Jan Szot
Ms. Helen B. Szymanski
Ms. Kathleen Talenco
Ms. Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese
Ms. Donna Templeton
Mr. John Teschky
Virginia and Jerry Thompson
Paul Thompson
Treasure House Resale Shop
Trinity Irish Dancers
James Truesdale
Ms. Robin S. Tryloff
Mr. Thomas Turigliatto
Ms. Nancy H. Turner
Ms. Carol Upshaw
Patricia and Anthony Vahcic
Kathryn Voland-Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Volk
Ms. Helen Vopenka
Ms. Patricia Vopenka
Judith Wagner
Penelope Wainwright
Larry Ward
Mr. Edward Warmowski
Judy Webster
Ms. Mary Lou Wehrli
Patricia and Richard Weichle
Robert and Marlene Weiler
Anne and Jim Wengerd
John and Bobbi Wheatley
Wheaton Chamber of Commerce
Whiskey Acres
Robert and Jeanne Whisler
Ms. Mary Wiesen
Lenore Wilcox
Mr. Tod D. Willman
Ms. Paula Willuweit Pyrcik
Joseph and Laura Wilmarth Tyna
Ms. Jolene Wise
Ms. Ying L. Wong
Mr. John Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wulffen
Ms. Janice Yohanan
Diane Meiborg and Roger Zacek
Ms. Sabrina N. Zeidler
 
Corporate and Community
Sponsors
21c. Museum Hotel
A Toda Madre
Adelle's Fine American Fare
Aero Mexico/Delta
American International Group
Arts Midwest
Bank of America
Ball Horticultural Company
Bat 17 Lombard
Brookdale Glen Ellyn
Cabernet & Company
Christopher B. Burke Engineering
College of DuPage Foundation
Crowne Plaza Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau
DuPage Foundation
Ecolab
El Famous Burrito
Enjoy Illinois/Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Extract Juicery
G. Carl Ball Family Foundation
Glen Prairie
Goya Foods
Illinois Arts Council Agency
JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation
La Tequileria, Inc.
Legat Architects
Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau
National Endowment for the Arts
Nicor Gas
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Parkers' Restaurant and Bar
Reserve 22
Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle
Rotary Club of Carol Stream
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Rotary International District 6440
Rotary International District 6450
Santa Fe Restaurant
Small Business Administration-Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
STG Divorce Law.
TM Financial Forensics, LLC
Valic
90.9FM WDCB
West Suburban Art Society
98.7 WFMT
Wheaton A.M. Rotary Club
Wight and Company
 
* includes Seaton Society