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Spotlight on Arts

Jul 13, 2015 10:37AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Lisle Community Band performs Thursday nights in July. The free concerts take place in Community Park.

American Wind Band bids farewell to director

 Musical Director, Angelo Iovinelli directed his final concert on June 5. He retired after fifteen years of service to the American Wind Band. Mr. Angelo became the Associate Conductor of the band in 2000 and the Musical Director in 2009.  During his tenure, he helped establish a scholarship competition to assist area eighth grade and high school students obtain further musical instruction.  The retiring conductor worked diligently to help the band’s successful transition from Oakbrook Terrace to Downers Grove where both the band’s membership and audience have increased in numbers. 

The Lisle Community Band performs Thursday nights

The Lisle Community Band invites you to become a member of our Concert Band and/or Jazz Band for the summer season. Concerts are on Thurs. at 7:30pm (July 9, 16, 23 & 30). A variety of music is planned, including a mixture of marches, overtures, original works for band, patriotic, big band and popular works. The Lisle Community Band has opportunities for everyone. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be for sale. All Lisle Community Band concerts are held at the Community Park Stage east of the Lisle Park District Offices. In case of rain or excessive heat, concerts are held in the Lisle High School auditorium across the street from the park.

DuPage Foundation shares highlights from “All For Arts”

The DuPage Foundation recently completed an inventory of arts and cultural organizations in DuPage County as part of its All for Arts study that launched last year to investigate the viability of establishing a county-wide arts council in DuPage County. The study gathers information about the arts and cultural needs of DuPage County. To read the reports contact Joelyn Kott, 630-665-5556 X 19, 

Morton Arboretum Nature Artists Guild presents “Viewing Nature”

“Viewing Nature,” featuring nearly 50 pieces of nature art by members of the Morton Arboretum Nature Artists Guild, will be on display at the Komechak Gallery from May 4 until July 18. Many of the works were inspired by the collection of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University.

Founded in 2013, the Nature Artists Guild has approximately 95 members who gather together to learn more about natural history art, botanical art, nature sketching and art techniques.

Komechak Gallery is located on the fifth floor in Kindlon Hall of Learning, Benedictine University,
5700 College Rd. 630-829-1874,

Explore creativity at ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center is a 501 (c)3 non-profit studio and home to a community of 55 Resident Artists. They offer ceramics and glass fusing classes and host workshops by nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists. Their Gallery is full of art for purchase and inspiration. 740 Front Street. 630-393-2529,

Upcoming events include:

Summer Camp for Kids - two four day sessions beginning July 13 and 20th

Aug. 7, Monthly Open House, 7-9pm

Aug. 14, "Up to This Point," our interns' show, Artists Reception 7-9 pm

Aug. 18, Classes and workshops begin

First Folio Theatre announces 2015-2016 season

The First Folio Theatre’s 2015-2016 season features the return of The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, an adaption of My Man Godfrey, and Fooling Buddha. To celebrate the 20th anniversary production of their popular summer series Shakespeare Under the Stars, they present A Mid Summer Nights Dream.  1717 W 31st Street, Oakbrook. 630-986-8067,

Enjoy a Shakespeare summer series

First Folio Theatre presents “The Winter’s Tale” as part of its annual outdoor Shakespeare Under the Stars series, previewing Wed., July 8, opening Sat., July 11 at 8:15 p.m., and running through Aug. 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays. Pack a picnic and experience this Shakespearean classic. Free parking is available on the grounds. Preview tickets are $22. Regular priced tickets are $29 Wed. and Thurs. (seniors and students are $25), and $39 on Fri. through Sun. (seniors and students are $35). Mayslake Peabody Estate-1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook. 630.986.8067,

Enjoy an evening under the stars

Experience an evening under the stars at the free Friday night concert series at 7:30pm in the Lakeside Pavilion at College of DuPage. Arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the concert.  Beer, wine and other concessions will be available for sale. Outside alcohol, coolers and kegs are not permitted onto the property. Free parking., 630-942-4000:

July 17, AMERICAN ENGLISH, back by popular demand local Beatle's tribute band;

July 24, SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL, a tribute to Elvis, the early years;

July 31, THE MOVIN ' OUT BAND, Billy Joel's hits performed by the original band

from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical;

August 7, NEW PHILHARMONIC, Summer Pops, Kirk Muspratt, Music Director & Conductor;

August 14, THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN, Timeless music of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Spinners and more.

August 21, THE HIT MEN, Former stas from the Four Seasons who backed Frankie Valli and the Shondells who backed Tommy James - "Oh What a Night"!