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Irish Group Danú at the MAC March 14

Traditional Irish music group Danú will perform at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 14.

Formed in 1994 at the Oireachtas Festival in Dungarvan County Waterford, Danú stays true to the traditional sounds of Irish music, but group members aren’t afraid to bring their own inspiring approach to their performance.

Danú was twice voted Best Traditional Group by BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $34 for seniors and $26 for College of DuPage students and youth.

Susan Werner and John Gorka at the MAC March 26

Singer/songwriters Susan Werner and John Gorka share the bill at an 8 p.m. performance Friday, March 26, at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Chicago-based Werner is a mainstay of contemporary folk music and has recorded nine albums, ranging from the traditional folk sound to cabaret jazz and pop. Her latest album, “Classics,” features new arrangements of songs from the 1960s and 1970s by various artists, including Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Marvin Gaye.

Kenny Barron Trio at the MAC March 12

Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Kenny Barron will perform with the Kenny Barron Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Named “Best Pianist” by the Jazz Journalists Association for the past four years, Barron began his career as a teenager and has played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Melvin, Roy Haynes and others.

The nine-time Grammy Award nominee collaborated extensively with Stan Getz throughout the 1980s and has recorded dozens of albums.

Student Ensembles Perform at the MAC Oct. 15

College of DuPage student music ensembles will perform a concert of mixed repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, on the Mainstage of the McAninch Arts Center at college of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Participants include the percussion ensembles, directed by Michael Folker; small group jazz, led by Tom Tallman; the chamber orchestra, directed by Dan Pasquale D’Andrea; and the concert choir and chamber singers, directed by Lee Kesselman, with accompanist Barbara Ekholm.

In all, more than 160 students will participate. Tickets are $4.

Fiddlers 4 Perform at the MAC Oct. 11

The super group of the fiddling world, Fiddlers 4 take to the McAninch Arts Center Mainstage for a 7 p.m. performance Sunday, Oct. 11, at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Group members include BeauSoleil leader, Michael Doucet, Turtle Island String Quartet founding member and progressive bluegrass champion, Darol Anger, music master. Bruce Molsky, and cellist Rushad Eggleston.

SONES DE MEXICO PERFORM OCT. 4 AT THE MAC

Latin Grammy nominee Sones de Mexico, Chicago’s premiere Mexican folk ensemble, returns to the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage for a 3 p.m. Mainstage performance on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Formed in 1994, the ensemble has developed and popularized original arrangements of Mexican folk music, experimenting with cross-cultural sounds that incorporate Irish, folk, country, jazz and rock music.

Lauded for their ability to move seamlessly between styles and instruments, Sones de Mexico remains faithful to the cultural authenticity of the music, while adding their unique flair.

GREAT BIG SEA AT THE MCANINCH ARTS CENTER OCT. 3

Juno-nominated Celtic-rock band Great Big Sea brings their solid original tunes and rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs to the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, during an 8 p.m. Mainstage performance Saturday, Oct. 3.

Hit the Beach With Dave Rudolf at the MAC March 14

Grammy nominee and a favorite of the Parents Choice Awards, songster Dave Rudolf invites families to shed the winter blues and hit the beach for “Beach Party With Dave Rudolf” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

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