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Wheaton College Announces 2019-2020 Artist Series Line-Up

June 10, 2019

Buy your 2019-2020 Wheaton College Artist Series subscription now. Individual tickets go on sale starting in July.  

380x253 Los Angeles Guitar QuartetThis fall, Wheaton College launches its 70th Artist Series, one of DuPage County’s premiere seasons of performing arts events. From Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna to The Langston Hughes Project’s Ask Your Mama – 12 Moods for Jazz, this lineup of events is proof that the Wheaton College Artist Series keeps getting better and better--even after seven decades. 

You can purchase your 2019-2020 subscription to all six outstanding performances now. Individual tickets go on sale starting in July. 

“We celebrate an Artist Series that has served campus and community for 70 years, offering thousands of world-class artists to at least 400,000 audience members,” said Wheaton College Artist Series General Manager Tony Payne. “For this 70th season, we’re eager to provide a compelling musical experience with great music close to your home. The Wheaton College Artist Series is committed to excellence and passionate about the cultural legacy of our community. Our Series offers the joy of music with friends and family.”

Here’s a sneak peek at what the Wheaton College Artist Series has in store for the 2019-2020 season. 

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet kicks-off the Wheaton College Artist Series with its Grammy Award-winning sounds that span a variety of styles. From Latin to African, Far East to Irish, and Folk to American Classics, LACQ will have audience members swaying in their seats to their interpretations of “Whistling Molly” and “Corral Nocturne,” among other compositions.

253x380 balletBallet 5:8 Performs “The Space in Between”

Friday, November 1, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel

Ballet 5:8, the only major Christian professional ballet company in the Midwest, performs the worldwide debut of The Space in Between, Choreographer Julianna Rubio Slager’s interpretation of the C.S. Lewis novel, The Great Divorce. The ballet, which tells the story of bus passengers on a ride between heaven and hell, is sure to captivate the eye and the mind with its colorfully costumed athlete-dancers and its thought-provoking message.

 

 

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel

Not your average orchestra, the dynamic Irish Chamber Orchestra has collaborated with DJs and dance companies—expanding the definition of what small orchestra ensembles can do. Clarinetist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann has helped lead the creative charge—working with American soprano Claron McFadden for this performance at Wheaton College.

Ian Bostridge, Tenor with Xuefei Yang, Guitarist

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel 

British tenor Ian Bostridge and Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang perform music by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, and Franz Schubert, among others, in a unique collaboration for Wheaton College. Their program, which mixes styles and composers, reflects the diverse musical backgrounds that they both bring to the stage.  

Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel

American choral composer Morten Lauridsen created Lux Aeterna, a moving work of choral chants inspired from sacred Latin sources, back in 1997 for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Grammy Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone will keep tempo for the Wheaton College Choirs, organist Nicole Simental and the Gaudete Brass quintet, who will all be performing Lux Aeterna together.

380x253 Dr. Ron McCurdyThe Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama – 12 Moods for Jazz

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Edman Chapel

Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, wrote a jazz score to Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama – 12 Moods for Jazz. Inspired by a variety of sounds from boogie woogie to the blues, McCurdy created an unparalleled musical experience, which complements the reading of Hughes poem—and is sure to have  audience members enthralled.

Individual tickets go on sale starting in July. Buying a subscription saves you up to 36% on Artist Series ticket prices, plus you get a discount on CSO at Wheaton College subscriptions. For more tickets or more information, visit wheaton.edu/ArtistSeries.