MAC’s free concert series continues in August

MAC’s free concert series: The McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, continues its inaugural summer Starlight series at the new Lakeside Pavilion at College of DuPage in August with Grammy-nominated The Holmes Brothers Friday. New Philharmonic, the 60-piece professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt, completes the series Aug. 15. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Holmes Brothers (Friday, Aug. 8) are famous for their extraordinary three-part vocal harmonies that mix gruff and gravelly vocals with soaring falsetto and rich baritone pitches. At this concert The Holmes Brothers will perform audience favorites plus works from their critically acclaimed new CD “Brotherhood” released this past April. “Brotherhood,” hailed by USA Today as “glorious … full of soul and surprises,” has been described as The Holmes Brothers’ most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, a proto rock ’n’ roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with a dose of Sunday morning spirit. This concert is presented in partnership with 90.9 FM WDCB Jazz & Blues Radio.

New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt (Friday, Aug. 15) will perform music from Broadway and the movies for the final concert of the summer 2014 Starlight Free Concert Series. The concert will feature works by Gershwin, Rossini, Strauss and Von Stuppe as well as themes from movies such as “Cocoon,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Forest Gump” and more. Also featured: a vocal performance by NP Young People’s Competition winner and Glen Ellyn’s own Bryanna Sebring. NP’s Young People’s Competition took place this past May. Additional winners will be featured in upcoming NP 2014-2015 season concerts.

All concerts take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the concert. No outside alcohol will be permitted.

Concessions available to purchase on site will include soda, wine, beer, popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza by Wheaton’s Copper Oven Pizza, and gourmet fare by Lisle’s Chef by Request, including an imported cheese plate, beef tenderloin and turkey breast sandwiches, three-cheese tortellini with sundried tomato pesto and a seasonal fresh fruit plate. Concessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 630-942-4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

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