New Philharmonic to Present “South Pacific”

New Philharmonic, the professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center, closes out its 2022-2023 season this spring with Broadway in Concert: South Pacific. The concert, which features Broadway luminaries Nathan Gunn (Emile) and Ann Harada (Blood Mary) takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 15 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Set on a South Pacific Island during WWII, this important and influential musical weaves the themes of romance, duty and prejudice to create a story that is funny, heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

The 41-member orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, will also be joined by additional guest vocalists and a chorus gleaned from the greater Chicago area for a concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. A free 20-minute talkback with Maestro Muspratt and select members of the cast, chorus and orchestra will take place in the hall immediately following each performance.

South Pacific features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. It is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener. This concert adaptation is by David Ives.

Performances take place at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage. Ticket are available for students (based on availability). For more information visit or call the MAC box office at 630.942.4000.