Acclaimed Pianist Wael Farouk Joins New Philharmonic for 40th Anniversary Season Opener at the MAC Sept. 24-25


By Community Contributor Ann Fink, Chicago Tribune, Glen Ellyn

New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, opens its 40th Anniversary Season with “Passionate Virtuosity – Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky,” Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of DuPage.

New Philharmonic’s first concert took place in under the baton of Harold Bauer when an orchestra of 24 carefully auditioned musicians performed for a capacity audience of 330 in the Building M “open space” on west campus. Maestro Kirk Muspratt took over the artistic reins when Bauer retired in 2004. Today, under Muspratt’s direction New Philharmonic consists of more than 60 professional musicians and performs more than a dozen concerts a year, reaching more than 7,500 from the greater Chicago area annually. In addition, for each the past three years, WFMT has broadcast one of New Philharmonic New Year’s Eve performances, allowing listeners around the world to have the opportunity to enjoy New Philharmonic’s music.

“Vision, passionate dedication and hard work have made it possible for New Philharmonic to endure for four decades. In some ways we have defied the odds and so I can’t imagine any better way to open New Philharmonic’s 40th Anniversary than to have the extraordinary pianist Wael Farouk join New Philharmonic for Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 1, plus have New Philharmonic founder Harold Bauer on hand to open the program by conducting selections from the first work played in New Philharmonic’s inaugural concert,” says New Philharmonic conductor/music director Maestro Kirk Muspratt. The program will begin with Bauer conducting 1st and 3rd movements from Bach’s Sinfonia in D. op. 18, no. 4. Then Muspratt takes the podium to conduct Prokofiev’s Concerto no.1, op. 10 featuring acclaimed pianist Wael Farouk. The first half of the program ends with Muspratt conducting Tchaikovsky’s exciting 1812 Overture, known for the “sound” of cannons. Following intermission, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6 op. 74 in B minor, Pathetique will complete the program.

As a part of its 40th Anniversary Season, New Philharmonic will continue to showcase some of area’s most talented youth musicians at select concerts. Featured at the Sept. 24-25 concerts: A trio of 7th graders from Wheaton’s Franklin Middle School including Hannah Joy Ball (cello); Emma Beausoleil (violin); and Aaron Lamb (violin). The trio will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Tempo di Menuetto.”

New Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents “Passionate Virtuosity – Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky,” at the McAninch Arts Center, located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $49 adult; $47 senior/youth. A limited number of $10 student tickets will also be available, with valid student ID. Free MAC Chats will take place prior to each performance. To order concert tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000, or visit

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