North Central College presents 2022-2023 Performance Series lineup


Tickets for the 2022-2023 North Central College Performance Series are now available at the North Central College Box Office, located at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Avenue.

North Central College Fine & Performing Arts has announced the 2022-2023 performance series which will kick off Saturday, September 24, 2022. With live and in-person events perfect for all ages, the season will run through May 2023. Programming features artists and ensembles, new and returning to campus, with a variety of performances spanning genres such as classical music, rock, jazz, family and youth theater events, and cabarets.

Located throughout the North Central College campus, performance venues include the Wentz Concert Hall and the Madden Theater at the Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Ave., Pfeiffer Hall at 310 E. Benton, The Theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall at 31 S. Ellsworth and Kotel Chapel at 329 E. School.

The series “Home for the Holidays” returns in December

In December, North Central will once again host the Home for the Holidays series. For 2022, the series will feature three new-to-College artists: vocal icon Darlene Love, famous for the holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” and several other Billboard hits; Norwegian all-female brass band tenThing Brass Ensemble, which performs Christmas carols and carols from around the world; and Ted Vigil: John Denver Tribute, a perfect tribute artist for those who miss the legend himself.

Season passes and individual tickets now on sale

Tickets for individual performances and season passes are on sale now. Customers who purchase three or more shows save up to 20% on performances by becoming a Season Subscriber. To purchase a season pass, call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or stop by the box office located in the Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Performance information is subject to change. Visit throughout the season to purchase tickets and check for updates.

rock and pop

  • 8 p.m. Saturday September 24: Jim Peterik’s World Stage
  • 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20: Naturally 7
  • 8 p.m. Saturday November 12: Edwin McCain
  • 8 p.m. Fri. March 24: The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Blues, R&B and Jazz

  • 8 p.m. Saturday October 8: Davy Knowles, sponsored by Advanced Data Technologies
  • 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18: Forever Motown
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25: The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama (12 Moods for Jazz) with the Ron McCurdy Quartet

Country, folk and classic

  • Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m.: Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: THUNDER
  • 3 p.m. Sunday February 5: Denyce Graves
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
  • 8 p.m. Fri. May 19: Lee Greenwood


  • 6 p.m. Sunday January 22: Tammy McCann “Legendary Ladies of Jazz”
  • 6 p.m. Sunday March 5: Brian Lynch “The Road to Les Miz”
  • 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21: Alyssa Allgood

Youth and family

  • 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 9: “The Lightning Thief: Theater for Young Audiences Edition” by TheaterWorksUSA
  • 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 4: “The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System” by TheaterWorksUSA
  • 3 p.m. Sunday April 2: Fairy tales on ice
  • 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22: “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School” by TheaterWorksUSA

Holiday, sponsored by the City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Facilities Fund

  • 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3: Darlene Love
  • 3 p.m. Sunday December 4: tenThing Brass Ensemble
  • 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15: Ted Vigil: Tribute to John Denver

North Central College Music – More to come

  • Friday, September 30: reunion launch concert
  • 11: Winds & Big Band Concert Opening Concert
  • 18: Explore sound
  • 21: Jazz and Big Band Combo Autumn Concert
  • 3: Concert Winter Concert of the Winds
  • 22: Winter Choral Festival
  • March 4: Agreements for children
  • April 11: Jazz Combo & Big Band Spring Concert
  • April 12: Winds Spring Concert
  • April 14: Spring Choral “Finale! Concert

North Central College Theater – More to come

  • 6, 7, 8, 9: “Constellations”
  • 3, 4, 5, 6: Theater show 2 – TBA
  • 1, 2, 3, 4: “Beside normal”
  • 16, 17, 18, 19: “Rebirth”
  • March 4, 5: Theatrical dance performance
  • March 30, 31, April 1 and 2: Theater show 5 – TBA
  • April 27, 28, 29, 30: Theater show 6 – TBA

North Central College’s 2022-2023 Fine and Performing Arts Performance Series is supported by the following sponsors and partners: City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund; Illinois Arts Council Agency; BMO Harris Bank; advanced data technologies; Bloom color; Chef on request; Water Street Elements; Landing of the monarch; Naperville Review; Naperville Park District; nicor gas; Catch 35; Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Philipchuck and Corrigan, Ltd. ; Marquette; Naper Regulations; Ryan Hill Group affiliated with Century 21; and Naperville Development Partnership.

North Central College since 1861

North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction, and direction they need to surpass their personal best inside and outside the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861 and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in historic Naperville, Illinois, named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Silver magazine—North Central is home to nearly 3,000 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, 60 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 13 graduate programs.

Visit find out why US News and World Report named North Central a “Best in the Midwest” school for 20 consecutive years and to learn about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in science and business.

Submitted by Jennifer Berosek, Fine Arts Coordinator, for North Central College.

Think dinner and show!

North Central College is a short walk downtown in the heart of Naperville, where visitors will find dozens of restaurants to whet their appetites before and after shows. For more information on all restaurants in Naperville, visit


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