Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, under the artistic direction of the acclaimed Orbert Davis, makes its ensemble debut at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd) with “Mardi Gras Carnival: A Salute to New Orleans” featuring Davis’ new work Survival of the Saints Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. This concert is part of the MAC’s 2014 Grand Opening Season that marks the completion of a 14-month, $35 million renovation.
In the fall of 2012, the MAC began major renovations, funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. These renovations served to update the theater’s three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor patio stage, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC completed its 14-month $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opens its doors to the public with a series of 2014 Grand Opening Events, culminating with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8.
In the March 22 concert, Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble explores and celebrates the rich musical culture of New Orleans with ragtime melodies, brass band marches and more in a program of music drawing from legends like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver who helped bring the signature New Orleans sound to the world. Coincidently, this concert will take place on the same day New Orleans celebrates its annual Spring Fiesta, “designed to entertain, educate, and allow all to revel in the cultural heritage that is uniquely New Orleans.”
For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMac.org.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer and educator Orbert Davis, co-founder, conductor and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (photo courtesy of the MAC).