The McAninch Arts Center Presents “Oktoberfest With A New Philharmonic Twist” October 11-12

Popular Works by German Composers, Sing-Alongs and a Pre-Show Oktoberfest Dinner with Oom-Pah Band Combine for a Good Natured Celebration of German Culture

GLEN ELLYN, IL – New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents “Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist” as part of their 2014–2015 season at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage. Performances are Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. For tickets or more information call 630.942.4000 or visit at
The special Oktoberfest themed concert  will feature popular works by German composers including Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major (Mvmt. 1), featuring guest cellist Dorothy Deen; Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #5; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony 34, Finale (Mvmt. 3); Robert Stolz “Gruss Aus Wein March” op. 898; Edward Strauss’ “Knall und Fall” Polka-schnell, op 312; Josef Strauss’ “Pizzicato Polka;” Johann Strauss, Jr.’s “Napoleon March,” ‘Rettungs-Jubel March ” op. 126, Jubel March op. 396 and ‘Eljen a Magyar!: Polka-schnell, op 332; Johann Strauss, Sr.’s “Radetzky March;” Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture;” plus sing-alongs, informative and entertaining video clips and more.
As a part of its 2014-2015 Season, New Philharmonic is showcasing some of area’s most talented youth musicians at select concerts. For this concert Wheaton’s 16 year-old Ben Graves will be featured, in a solo performance of Van Goens “Scherzo” op. 12 on cello.

Attendees can add to the festive experience with a pre-show outdoor Oktoberfest dinner of traditional German fare including grilled, split bratwurst simmered in beer & onions with sauerkraut;German-style potato salad with bacon dressing; braised red cabbage with apples & vidalia onion; traditional rustic yellow and grain mustards; homemade fresh herb spaetzle with brown butter and hearty pretzel rolls; traditional apple strudel with caramel drizzle and crushed pecans and an assortment of German beers, all enjoyed to music by Oom-Pah band and Chicago’s own, Die Musikmeisters. The dinner is a separately ticketed event.

The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn, presents “Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist” Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $42 Adult / $40 Senior / $32 Youth. A limited number of $10 student tickets will also be available, with valid student ID. A pre-show Oktoberfest dinner can be added on for an additional $30 per person. To order tickets, call 630.942.4000, or visit

New Philharmonic is a professional orchestra in residence of the MAC 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 supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation and the New Philharmonic Fund, or call 630.942.2462. New Philharmonic’s 2014-2015 performances are funded in part by a grant by The DuPage Community Foundation’s JCS Fund for Arts and Education and the Illinois Arts Council.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark renovations.

The mission of the MAC 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 about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

New Philharmonic’s 2014-2015 Season

All concerts take place on the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60137. To order tickets, call 630.942.4000 or visit

New Philharmonic: Puccini’s “Tosca”
Concert production performed in Italian with English supertitles
There will be a free MAC Chat prior to the Sept. 21 matinee performance
Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m.
Performance Tickets: $55;

Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist
Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m.
Performance Tickets: $46; German dinner buffet $30

New Year’s Eve with New Philharmonic
With Special Guest Tenor, John Irvin
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m.
Tickets: $55
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 5 & 9 p.m.
Tickets: $65

New Philharmonic: Ravel and Rachmaninoff
With Guest Pianist Winston Choi
There will be a MAC Chat prior to each performance
Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $46

New Philharmonic: Bach to Bock
With Guest Violinist David Taylor
There will be a MAC Chat prior to each performance
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $46

Special Holiday Engagement:
Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet and the New Philharmonic present “The Nutcracker”
There will be a MAC Chat prior to both evening performances
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 1 & 5 p.m.
Tickets: $43 Adults/$32 Youth; Pre-Matinee performance Tea Party $25

(Events/dates/artists/prices subject to change)