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, Ill. ‘ 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), 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, Ill. 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 Supp ‘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, bratwurst simmered in beer & onions with sauerkraut; German-style potato salad with bacon dressing; braised red cabbage with apples & vidalia onions; 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.

New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist at the McAninch Arts Center, located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct.12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $46 Adult / $44 Senior / $44 Youth. A limited number of $10 student tickets will also be available, with valid student ID. The 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 outdoor 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, 2014. 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

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014

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