Fans of Karen Carpenter will want to check out "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" on Sept. 29 in Palos Hills. | File photo
‘CLOSE TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF THE CARPENTERS’
Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters” to the Moraine Valley Community College stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
The group will perform in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts Center on campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter, who is considered one of the best vocalists of all time by many.
Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of the Carpenters, Rock’s four-octave range allows her to sing the hits
like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original key, keeping the songs genuine and
Rock goes beyond the music in the show. She draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Carpenter, Carpenter’s life and how some of the songs originated.
Officials said Rock engages the audience to the point where they can’t help but sing along and share the memories of the Carpenters and their music.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:13AM
The Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center’s 2012-13 season has something for everyone.
Performances will feature country and rock musicians, Eastern European dancing, tributes to the Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago improv comedy and much more.
The Fine & Performing Arts Center offers membership and subscription packages. Details can be found online and in the season brochure.
The Mainstage Series will feature world-class artists on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage.
Tickets for any Mainstage show are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
SEPT. 29: “Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters.”
OCT. 13: The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik: With its signature horn riff and opening line, “I’m a friendly stranger in the black sedan,” the Ides of March’s “Vehicle” burst onto the Billboard charts and in 1970 became the fastest-breaking single in Warner Bros. history.
The band’s show spans three decades of music that include Peterik’s catalog of top 40 hits including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “High on You,” “L.A. Goodbye,” “The Search is Over,” “Eye of the Tiger” and more.
NOV. 10: The Intergalactic Nemesis presents “Live-Action Graphic Novel.”
NOV. 17: Katie Armiger.
DEC. 8: Moscow Boys Choir presents “Christmas Around the World.”
DEC. 15: “Jingle Bell Rock: A Raucous Holiday Revue!”
JAN. 19: Tamburitzans, of Duquesne University.
JAN. 26: The Second City presents “Laughing Matters.”
FEB. 9: Thodos Dance Chicago presents “The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.”
APRIL 13: Robin Spielberg’s “American Tapestry.”
MAY 11: “Feelin’ Groovy — A Musical Journey Through the ’60s featuring the music of Simon & Garfunkel” starring Jim Witter.
The Family Series provides fun for the whole family.
Tickets for the Family Series are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for ages 12 years and younger.
MARCH 23: Kenya Safari Acrobats: Offering a truly unique cultural experience, Kenya Safari Acrobats hail from the heart of Africa.
“This awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes,” officials said.
The members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free from an impoverished country.
Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, performing a nonstop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat.
APRIL 6: “A Lamb Chop Celebration” featuring Mallory Lewis: One can bring the whole family for an entertaining hour of laughter and song.
Attendees will encounter beloved children’s icon Lamb Chop, skillfully bought to life by Shari Lewis’ daughter Mallory Lewis.
“Fun for all ages, kids will fall in love with Lamb Chop, teens and twentysomethings will remember Lamb Chop from ‘Lamb Chop’s Play-Along’ and grown-ups will enjoy revisiting their youth as they laugh and sing along with Lamb Chop and Mally,” officials said.
Academic Theater Series
The Academic Theater Department will stage three productions.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
NOV. 1-4: “Avenue Q”: Part flesh (humans), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart, “Avenue Q” is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.
There, he meets the girl next door, an Internet sexpert, and Gary Coleman (need we say more?) along with other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.
“Avenue Q” was the winner of Tony Awards for best musical, best score and best book.
This show contains adult language and puppet nudity.
FEB. 22-24 and MARCH 1-3: “Waiting for Lefty”: Imagine a January night in 1935, six years into the Great Depression. At the Civic Repertory Theater in New York City, a play about a 1934 taxicab strike ends with an audience of about 1,400 erupting and shouting.
Imagine 22 curtain calls and a standing ovation of 45 minutes, actors merging with the audience into a chorus of hope in the face of economic depression.
“ ‘Waiting for Lefty’ is a provocative American classic that still resonates today,” officials said.
APRIL 26-28 and MAY 3-5: “Angels in America.”
Academic Music Series
Tickets for most Academic Music concerts are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
The Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform four concerts:
OCT. 6: “The Great American Songbook.”
DEC. 1: “Merry Christmas Music.”
MARCH 9: “Opera Again and Again.”
MAY 4: “Broadway/Pop/Motion Picture Spectacular.”
The Concert Band will perform three concerts.
DEC. 2: “Christmas Music and More.”
MARCH 7: “Dances, Portraits and Folk Songs.”
MAY 5: “American Classics and Audience Favorites.”
The Jazz Ensemble will perform three concerts:
NOV. 30: “Holiday Concert” with special guest artist.
MARCH 8: “A Big Double Header” featuring the Brass Tracks.
MAY 3: “Spring Concert” with special guest artist.
The Percussion Ensemble will perform two concerts, which are free to attend:
DEC. 6: “Holiday Concert.”
MAY 9: “Spring Concert.”
A DINING DEAL
Patrons of Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center will receive a 25 percent discount on dinner at Ciao Ristorante, 10296 S. 78th Ave., Palos Hills, when they make a reservation for before or after a Mainstage Series production and show their ticket stubs.
FIND OUT MORE
To be placed on the mailing list for Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center’s season brochure or for more information on these performances, call the box office at (708) 974-5500 or email to MillerB@morainevalley.edu.
Tickets can be purchased online (additional fees will be incurred), in person, by mail or over the phone. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and one hour prior to all performances. Holiday hours may vary.
Additional information, updates and new performances can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac.