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Glen Ellyn, IL – New Philharmonic begins 2012 with a must-see concert staging of Giacomo Puccini’s tragic love-story masterwork “Madama Butterfly” at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.

It’s 1904. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a young U.S. Navy lieutenant in Japan enters into a contract to rent a house and marry Cio-Cio San, whose nick-name is Butterfly. Butterfly is so excited to marry an American she has secretly converted from Buddhism to Christianity. Her uncle, a Buddhist priest, finds out about her conversion, comes to the house, curses her and orders all the guests to leave. Pinkerton and Butterfly marry anyway. Three years later, we find Butterfly, who has since given birth to Pinkerton’s son, has been abandoned by him. Butterfly learns from a letter that Pinkerton he is coming back to Japan, but not to her. When Pinkerton arrives he is accompanied by his new American wife, Kate who has agreed to raise the child. Butterfly agrees to give up her child if Pinkerton comes himself to see her. After Pinkerton and his wife leave she apologizes to a statue of Buddha, then says goodbye to her son and blindfolds him before cutting herself so to die with honor rather than live in dishonor.

New Philharmonic’s concert staging of “Madama Butterfly” features costume design by Jeff Award-nominated Allison Amidei and lighting design by Jon Gantt, and will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. 

Guest soprano Michelle Areyzaga, named “Artist of the Year” by Pioneer Press in 2006, is featured as Cio-Cio-San. Other guest artists include tenor John Sumners as B.F. Pinkerton; as well as mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis (Suzuki), seen in New Philharmonic’s 2011 near sold-out presentation of “Gianni Schicchi.”

Tickets: $38 adult/$36 senior/$28 youth. To order tickets or for more information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.

About New Philharmonic
New Philharmonic is a fully-professional, 80-member orchestra that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts. New Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and performs a complete season annually.

Waterleaf restaurant on the College of DuPage campus is a convenient fine dining opportunity that easily accommodates patrons of the McAninch Arts Center. Located Just across the parking lot in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center, Waterleaf’s Pre-Theater Dinner menu ($29 per person) is available Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. only, and on Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Led by Executive Chef Jean-Louis Clerc, this newly opened fine dining restaurant features a full-service bar and boasts an extensive wine list of more than 160 bottles from around the world. The menu features selections made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients and exceptional service. For more information about Waterleaf, visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com. To make a reservation, visit www.opentable.com and search “Waterleaf” or call (630) 942-6881.

About McAninch Arts Center
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces, an art gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and last year welcomed more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances. The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org

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