Dr. Harold Bauer

Dr. Harold Bauer is the founder and Artistic Director Laureate of New Philharmonic and DuPage Opera. In 1977 then College of DuPage president Rodney Berg engaged Bauer to establish two professional ensembles – symphony and opera – under the umbrella of the college’s community/regional cultural outreach. Bauer, already an experienced veteran of conducting, spent the next 27 years developing these ensembles. During his 50-year conducting career, Bauer has served as Music Director of six U.S. orchestras and has guest conducted throughout this country, and in Canada and Europe. He retired from his position here in 2004, and remains active in both the performing arts and visual arts fields.

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, the professional orchestra in residence of the MAC, and the only professional orchestra based in DuPage County, Ill., has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for 40 years. It continues to thrive with the goal to give innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works while striving to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.