New Philharmonic is the professional orchestra that performs at the College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center (MAC) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. New Philharmonic is DuPage County’s only professional orchestra, and is made up of between 55 and 85 professional musicians, depending of the repertoire of each concert. Each concert season consists of 4 programs, plus a New Year’s Eve program and a full-production Nutcracker in December, showcasing Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet.
HISTORY WITH COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
Forty years ago, the College of DuPage (COD) embarked on the bold and visionary experiment of sponsoring professional level organizations in the performing arts. Under the artistic direction of Harold Bauer, New Philharmonic and DuPage Opera Theatre were formed. In subsequent years, the COD expanded its sponsorship to include New Classic Singers, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and Arts Center Jazz Ensemble, bringing professional quality arts to audiences at the MAC.
Since its first concert in November 1977, when an orchestra of 24 professional musicians performed for a capacity audience of 330 in the Building M “open space” on the west campus, New Philharmonic has grown and thrived. Today, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt, and thanks to the continued support of the COD, the orchestra performs for 1,200 – 1,500 people per concert pair in the beautifully renovated Belushi Performance Hall at the MAC. The COD provides substantial in-kind support, with funding coming from ticket sales, corporate and individual donations, grants, the Illinois Arts Council, DuPage Community Foundation, JCS Fund, College of DuPage Foundation, and from the college’s Student Activities Fund.
Bassoon photo credit: Don Hood