NEW PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS “VIENNESE POPS NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH A FRENCH TWIST” AT THE LUND AUDITORIUM IN RIVER FOREST MONDAY, DEC. 31 AT 7 P.M.

Oo la la! Champagne corks will pop when the New Philharmonic (NP) and Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt provide a special way to ring out the old with “Viennese Pops New Year’s Eve with a French Twist at the Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, Ill. Monday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. 

The evening will feature traditional Viennese musical selections from Strauss and Stolz as well as ornate French orchestral pieces and arias…plus a few surprises. Award-winning soprano Kiri Deonarine of the Lyric Opera of Chicago-Ryan Opera Center will join the acclaimed New Philharmonic Orchestra to ring in the New Year. A listing of the full program can be found at the end of this release.

Performance tickets are $65 adult/$63 senior/$55 youth. For advance ticket purchases, contact the MAC box office: (630) 942-4000, or visit: www.AtTheMAC.org. Tickets are also available the day of the performance at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center box office. For more information call 708-488-5000 or visit Dom.edu/pac. Free parking is available.

To add to the celebratory nature of the evening, New Philharmonic and the MAC are creating add-on dining packages and bus transportation to and from the Lund Auditorium in River Forest. For more information call the MAC box office at 942-4000.

New Philharmonic is a fully-professional, 80-member orchestra that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts. New Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and performs a complete season annually.

New Philharmonic’s 2012-2013 Season is as follows: “Brahms-Blissful and Bold,” Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 8 p.m. at The Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest; “Viennese Pops with a French Twist,” Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 7 p.m. at The Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest; “New Philharmonic: Mahler,” Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 8 p.m. at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel; “Cosi fan tutte” – Concert Staging, Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m. at The Lund Auditorium at Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest; and “Great Russian Classics,” Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m. at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel.

Dominican University Performing Arts Center, located in the Fine Arts Building at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, Ill. is an accessible, comfortable home for the creative spirit, located just 10 miles west of Chicago’s Loop. New Philharmonic’s Oct. 13, Dec. 31 and Feb. 16-17 performances will be held in the Lund Auditorium which has a seating capacity of just under 1,200 seats. This venue offers superb acoustics, ideal sight lines and ample, free parking. For more information call 708-488-5000 or visit For more information call 708-488-5000 or visit Dom.edu/pac.

The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces, an art gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and last year welcomed more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area.The MAC will undergo major renovations beginning fall 2012 that will update the major performance spaces, address significant infrastructure needs and improve several academic program areas. Scheduled completion date is Spring 2014. The project will cost $35 million and is funded by the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. Other projects beginning this year include the renovation of the Physical Education Center, Student Resource Center and Seaton Computing Center, and construction of the Campus Maintenance Center. The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org.