Upcoming performances at the MAC

Fall season preview

Bridget Kingston, Features Editor

The McAninch Arts Center, located right here on College of DuPage’s campus, has many events lined up for the upcoming season. With a rich variety of performances ahead, the MAC will surely keep people of all interests entertained.

Sept. 12: Mac Motown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

World class Motown musicians with special guest Jim Belushi are set to kick off the season. Belushi will make his official dedication of the Belushi Performance Hall, while the Motown artists perform with College of DuPage’s New Philharmonic Orchestra. For those interested in the pre-show party, as well as a meet and greet with Jim Belushi, VIP tickets are available in addition to concert tickets. The pre-show party begins at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $65.

Sept. 19: Robert Cray

The Grammy Award winning blues singer and guitarist is set to take the stage this fall. He is on tour celebrating the 40th anniversary release of the album “In My Soul.” Cray performs shows worldwide, has opened for acts as well-known as Eric Clapton, and was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Belushi Performance Hall with tickets starting at $50.

Oct. 8: Faculty Recital

College of DuPage’s very own music faculty are set to perform on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Playhouse Theater. A variety from classical music to jazz will be performed. Tickets are $6.

Oct. 10: Cirque Zuma Zuma

Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, contortionist, dancers, acrobatics, and musicians unite to create the high energy Cirque Zuma Zuma. The artists, from 16 different African countries, will showcase their talents at 7p.m. in the Belushi Performance Hall, with tickets starting at $36 for youth and $46 for adults.

Oct. 18: Ailey II

The second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Belushi Performance Hall. The renowned company focuses on the bright and fresh capacity of some of the country’s most talented young dancers. Together with innovative and passionate choreographers, energy and dimension should be expected. Tickets begin at $45.

Oct. 25: National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China, performing Peking Dreams  

Founded in 1953, this circus spectacle is one of the longest standing groups of its kind in China. Aerial silk, solo trapeze, grand martial arts, and juggling acts are just a few of the many talents the performers take with them on stage. Ornate costumes and colorful atmospheres add to the thrill and mystique of this legendary performance troupe. They will be performing at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Belushi Performance Hall, with tickets starting at $36 for youth and $46 for adults.

Visit atthemac.org for additional information and to purchase tickets.