Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
New Philharmonic to Ring in the New Year With Audience Favorites at McAninch Arts Center
New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, rings in the New Year at the McAninch Arts Center with guest artist and Lyric Opera Ryan Center sensation Annie Rosen (mezzo-soprano) at 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. Following each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to join Maestro Muspratt and the performers in the lobby for a “Cookies with Kirk” reception to exchange best wishes for 2020.
Rosen's performances have been acclaimed as “fearless” (Opera News) and “soul-crushingly vulnerable” (Vocal Arts Chicago). Last season she made her role and company debut as Adalgisa in Norma with Utah Opera, sang her first Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Central City Opera, and debuted with Chicago Opera Theater in Iolanta and The Scarlet Ibis.
In New Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concerts, Rosen will be featured in in "Mon Coeur" from Camille Saint-Saens Samson and Delilah; “Doing What Comes Naturally” from Irving Berlin’s popular musical, Annie Get Your Gun; the World War II song "The White Cliffs of Dover" by Walter Kent with lyrics by Nat Burton; and Charles Dumont’s “Non, je ne regrette rien” made famous by Édith Piaf's 1960 recording. Rosen also will lead the audience in a rousing singalong of the traditional “Auld Lang Syne.”
New Philharmonic’s 2019 New Year’s Eve program will also include Johan Strauss Sr.’s Radetzky March, Strauss II’s Blue Danube Waltz, op. 314, Hellmesberger’s Danse diabolique, Quadalcanal March from Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers, John William’s Luke and Leia, plus a few special surprises.
The McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of DuPage presents three New Year’s Eve concerts, 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $67. A limited number of Gold Circle tickets are available. The Gold Circle ticket price is $77 and includes a glass of bubbly and party favors. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000..442.4636.
New Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt).