McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is giving Santa a little competition this year by bringing Christmas on Demand into homes with a variety of streamed festive shows curated specially for MAC audiences. Ticket buyers will have the opportunity to purchase their ticket, then view their show from the premiere date through Jan. 3, 2021 (Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” through Jan. 1, 2021). Tickets to Christmas on Demand shows are on sale now.
"We are thrilled to offer a full selection of holiday favorites to keep family Christmas traditions alive in this crazy time of COVID-19. When we began planning for the holidays this past fall, we knew we were going to have to think differently so we set about the task to make that happen,” says MAC Director Diana Martinez. “In October we recorded New Philharmonic’s new ‘Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony’ and new New Year’s Eve concerts outdoors at the Lakeside Pavilion under strict guidelines and protocols to keep the music playing. We also reached out to the Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash team to see if they would do a performance of ‘A Million Dollar Christmas’ to live stream of from our Belushi Performance Hall stage and they said ‘yes’ and generously agreed to make the performance viewable through Jan. 3 on demand. COD’s College Theater Department also rolled up their creative sleeves and came up with a ‘A Christmas Carol’ production with direction and performances inspired by our combined experiences in 2020 and staging reimagined to be viewed on Zoom. For many it’s just not Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’ at the MAC, so we went searching to find the next best thing and found it in Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ presented by Talmi Entertainment, Inc. This pre-recorded digital performance of the ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ delivers America’s favorite family Christmas tradition replete with magical toys, falling snow and growing Christmas trees.”
The MAC ‘s Christmas On Demand programming includes COD College Theater’s “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, adapted by William J. Norris (beginning Nov. 27); New Philharmonic’s “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony” (beginning Dec. 12); “Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas” and Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” (beginning Dec. 19) and New Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert (beginning Dec. 31). Visitors to www.AtTheMAC.org can also purchase tickets to award-winning magician Dennis Watkins’ hit “The Magic Parlour At Home” available now through Dec. 23.
For the art lover on everyone’s list, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA), in association with the MAC is pleased to offer a free exhibition tote with purchase of an exhibition gift certificate from Nov. 20-Dec. 23 for the upcoming “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition coming summer 2021. The exhibition will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years. It will feature a 26-piece collection on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo as well as a multimedia timeline, 100+ photographic images from the artist’s life, a children’s area and a Frida Kahlo inspired garden designed by Ball Horticultural Company, enabling museum-goers of all ages to grasp an understanding of Kahlo’s life and work through a variety of contexts. More information is available at www.Frida2021.org.
The MAC encourages everyone enjoying the Christmas on Demand 2020 programming to consider making a donation to support the MAC’s ongoing ability to continue to provide fun, creative and thought-provoking programming. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org or call 630-942-4000.
* Plays/dates/artists and prices are subject to change.
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located at 425 Fawell Ave., 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC 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. Visit www.AtTheMAC.org or www.facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.
The MAC’s 2020-2021 Season is made possible in part with support by DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.
Support for New Philharmonic is provided in part by the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation; Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; WFMT 98.7 FM, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.
“Frida Kahlo: Timeless” is presented by Bank of America and made possible through support from Ball Horticultural Company, Nicor, Wight & Company.
Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit www.foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2462. Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
McAninch Arts Center “Christmas On Demand”
Events, dates, artists, prices, venues are subject to change.
The McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, Ill. is offering the following concerts to be enjoyed via streaming beginning from the premiere date listed below, then on demand, through Jan. 3, 2021 (unless otherwise noted). Ticket purchasers will receive an email with the link to access their event online. Gift certificates are also available. For tickets and more information call 630-942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.
COD College Theater
“A Christmas Carol”
by Charles Dickens, adapted by William J. Norris
Directed by Amelia Barrett
7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27; then on demand through Jan. 3, 2021
$16 per household
This family-friendly 70-minute show, adapted for the COD College Theatre department by William J. Norris, tells the beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns both that change is always possible, and the great joy of caring for those less fortunate. This adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" was written by Norris specifically for the students at College of DuPage and performed for the first time in 2004. The 2020 production is being filmed and presented on Zoom.
New Philharmonic: “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony”
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; then on demand through Jan. 3, 2021
Featuring Emily Birsan (soprano), Kate Tombaugh (mezzo), Bill McMurray (bass/baritone) and Jesse Donner (tenor)
$40 per household
For the first time, New Philharmonic offers a concert filled with everyone’s holiday favorites including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” plus a Hanukkah medley and more. To make sure no one skips a beat, the lyrics to the songs will be viewable at the bottom of the screen.
“Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas”
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; then on demand through Jan. 3, 2021
$50 per household
Direct from the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall stage, this holiday favorite MAC delivers a rip-roaring live broadcast of their holiday show featuring a full catalogue of heartwarming holiday tunes by rock ‘n roll legends Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, all done up in that unmistakable rockabilly style.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” presented by Talmi Entertainment, Inc. (TEI)
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.19; then on demand through Jan. 1, 2021
$24.99 per household
This pre-recorded digital performance delivers quintessential Russian artistry in the form of America’s favorite family Christmas tradition replete with magical toys, falling snow and growing Christmas trees.
New Philharmonic: New Year’s Eve Concert
2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31; then on demand through Jan. 3, 2021
Featuring Alisa Jordheim (soprano) and Jesse Donner (tenor)
$50 per household
Soloists Jordheim and Donner, who won hearts in New Philharmonics production of “The Merry Widow” this past January, join Maestro Kirk Muspratt and New Philharmonic to say a hearty goodbye to the old year and look to the new in a program featuring Strauss waltzes and polkas, arias, light classical works, pop tunes, movie music, secret surprises and of course, the traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” This program sponsored by ST|G|P Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.
“Frida Kahlo: Timeless”
On sale beginning Nov. 20; offer expires Dec. 23
Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA), in conjunction with McAninch Arts Center (MAC), is pleased to offer Gift Certificates to the upcoming “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition (June 5 – Sept. 6, 2021). The exhibition will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years, and is hosted by the CCMA and the MAC, at the College of DuPage. Gift Certificates are available for both timed tickets (date and time specific, $18) and untimed tickets (date specific, $35). Applicable service fees apply. Special offer includes free exhibition tote, a $10 value, available for pick up at the gift shop during the exhibition, not in advance.