Dave Mason's world tour makes stop at Wentz Concert Hall April 26

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason continues his world tour at North Central College April 26.

“Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $45 and $35; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Mason, former member of the iconic English rock band Traffic, will feature hits and album cuts from 1967’s “Mr. Fantasy” and 1968’s “Traffic” albums in his performance alongside a full band. 

This includes classic Traffic hits such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Hole In My Shoe,” a selection of Mason’s solo signature tracks.Mason’s career has spanned several important rock eras and has had a profound effect on the genre. At age 18, he cofounded Traffic, an English rock band that would go on to become a permanent staple in the music industry. Mason coined the group’s early hit “Feelin’ Alright” that became a global rock anthem and has since been recorded by dozens of artists, primarily Joe Cocker, whose international success with the song adds to Mason’s legendary status.

Since then Mason has penned dozens of hits and been linked with many other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.

In addition to years of performing for sold-out Traffic performances, as well as working directly with a number of rock and roll greats, Mason has enjoyed a successful solo career. He struck international gold with his debut album “Alone Together,” which is considered a seminal rock classic. He is set to release a new EP in 2014.

In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his success with Traffic. Mason’s career encompasses his roles as a producer, performer, songwriter and consummate guitarist. He’s also involved in the program he cofounded, Work Vessels for Veterans, an all-volunteer movement that provides veterans with the tools they need to transition to civilian employment.


Moscow Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’—Legendary artistic director Sergei Radchenko brings his dance company Moscow Festival Ballet to North Central College May 2 to perform “Cinderella.” The performance will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20.

For Radchenko, the former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet became a realization of his vision for a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.


Milwaukee Symphony—Led by the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) returns to North Central College May 10.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $60 and $50.

The MSO has embarked on a new era of artistic excellence and critical acclaim as de Waart begins his fourth year with the orchestra and continues to lead sold-out concerts and elicit rave reviews. In May 2012, de Waart conducted a performance at Carnegie Hall in the Spring for Music festival.  

For tickets and information on all events call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.


Student art exhibit–North Central College presents a student art exhibit April 10-May 4, featuring the work of North Central graduate student Christine Badowski-Koenig and juniors Drew French and Ian Hilton.

Titled “Channels of Perception,” their exhibit will showcase drawings, sculpture and photography in a diverse collection of mediums. The free exhibit is open to the public and on display April 10 through May 4 in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. Meet the artists during a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21. Call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours; visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.  

Badowski-Koenig, a resident of Oak Park who’s pursuing an M.A. in liberal studies, is an award-winning journalist whose photographs have appeared online for the Chicago Tribune. She will present a series of photographs of Chicago public art that focus on details, sometimes abstracted beyond recognition, other times vaguely familiar. 

French, a resident of Sugar Grove and double major in marketing and studio art, will exhibit drawings and sculpture. His work focuses primarily on the interactions between colors and how they can evoke certain emotions and reactions. The abstraction of subjects and ambiguity of forms often emphasize those relationships.   

Hilton, a resident of Naperville who’s majoring in psychology, will present a series of drawings and sculpture. He’s interested in the placement of objects to create insight into our perception of common items. His drawings explore the placement of foreign objects interacting with the human body.


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