New Philharmonic looks forward to return to regular concert hall

Posted on: October 18, 2013

In Thursday’s (10/17) Sun-Times (Burr Ridge, Illinois), Dorothy Andries writes about the New Philharmonic’s season-opening all-Mozart concert this weekend at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois. The Glen Ellyn-based ensemble is performing there while its regular home, the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, is in the final stages of a renovation. Carolyn May, the orchestra’s longtime principal flute, has been working “with others in the orchestra … for the past two years on developing a patrons group to provide additional financial support of the New Philharmonic. The ensemble has been ‘on the road’ since the fall of 2012 when the College of DuPage began its $35 million renovation. Attendance declined so precipitously during that period that the balance of the 2012-13 season was cancelled. But members of the orchestra and the MAC staff sent pledge cards to possible patrons, with the goal of $150,000 annually, and to date 70 percent of the goal has been raised. The McAninch Center reopens at the end of December.… [Music Director Kirk] Muspratt … said, ‘The old theater had a big plastic shell for acoustics at the back of the stage…. The stage now has a beautiful warm wooden shell in a dark walnut color. It looks very good.’ ”

Posted October 18, 2013