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James Lumber Center announces 2019-20 Professional Series

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 24, 2019

Subscription tickets are now on sale on for the 23rd season at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County. Presenting a diverse and exciting array of world-class artists, the upcoming season offers something for everyone, from nostalgic  bands, comedy and contemporary dance to folk/international music and magical family fare.

Subscribers receive discount prices all season long by buying three or more events for the Professional Series by Sept. 30. “The James Lumber Center is one of many college departments acknowledging CLC’s proud past and is honored to be part of its bold future,” said Gwethalyn Bronner, executive director of the James Lumber Center. “Come join us this season. You’ll have a great time!”

2019-20 Professional Series, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

Sones de México Ensemble: Sunday, Sept. 22

VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Company: Friday, Oct. 4

A Rock ‘N Roll Tribute from Elvis to The Beatles Featuring The Neverly Brothers: Sunday, Oct. 20

One Night in Memphis/The #1 Tribute to Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash: Sunday, Nov. 3

Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Saturday, Dec. 14

Heart By Heart: Friday, Feb. 14

Lula Washington Dance Theatre: Sunday, Feb. 16

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Saturday, March 7

Switchback: Tuesday, March 17

Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band: Saturday, March 28

Four Bitchin’ Babes: Sunday, May 10


Sones de México Ensemble: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m., Studio Theatre. The country’s premier Mexican folk music organization, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was voted “Best Latin Entertainer” at the Chicago Music Awards (2015-2018). Helmed by co-founder, ethnomusicologist and USA Fellowship award-winner, Juan Díes, the acclaimed musicians interweave song, dance and storytelling to create a cross-cultural banquet of engaging and innovative regional music. Performer website:

VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Company: Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. This dynamic, disciplined Chicago-based ensemble presents thought-provoking performances  by engaging audiences in the immediacy of contemporary dance. Artistic Director Valerie Alpert — currently on the dance faculty at CLC — offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to experience dance that challenges the imagination through innovative choreography and a spirit of collaboration and community. Performer website:

A Rock ‘N Roll Tribute from Elvis to The Beatles featuring The Neverly Brothers:  Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., Mainstage. In a tribute to one of the most thrilling chapters in music history — the birth, near death and resurrection of rock n’ roll — The Neverly Brothers offer a one-of-a-kind, high-energy show. Sharing the stories behind their chronological song sequence, complete with vintage wardrobe changes, they will perform hits by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and more. Buckle up for an amazing Magical History Tour! Performer website:

One Night in Photo of tribute band One Night in MemphisMemphis/The #1 Tribute to Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m., Mainstage. Witness rock and royalty in this tribute (right) to legendary Sun Records recording artists Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Former cast members of the Broadway smash, “Million Dollar Quartet” will regale the audience with their stellar musicianship and vocals, performing authentic rockabilly, country, gospel and 1950’s rock and roll. Performer website:

Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 and 5 p.m., Mainstage. The popular recreation of the holiday classic returns for two performances only. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997, this production recreates Ruth Page’s beautiful and beloved original full-length staging. Experience the exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets like never before! Performer website:

Heart By Heart: Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. The iconic hit songs of one of classic rock’s most successful and revered bands, Heart, are recreated in this powerful, dynamic show. The incredible band features Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier, founding bassist and drummer respectively for Heart; both are Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees (class of 2013), along with vocalist Somar Macek; Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals; and guitarist Chad Quist. Performer website:

Lula Washington Dance Theatre: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., Mainstage. Revered through the United States and the world, this Los Angeles-based contemporary repertoire dance ensemble explores social and humanitarian issues through innovative, provocative choreography and unique works, including aspects of African American culture and history. Using dance and movement to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich young people’s lives, this will be an extraordinary performance of unparalleled honesty, creativity and power. Performer website:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Mainstage. South Africa’s renowned singing group returns to the JLC for a dazzling performance. Originated in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, the group was hailed as "South Africa's cultural ambassadors to the world" by Nelson Mandela. Buoyed by their collaboration with Paul Simon on his landmark album, “Graceland,” this extraordinary five-time Grammy Award-winning group has mesmerized audiences worldwide with their joyful, uplifting artistry. Performer website:

Switchback: Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. This is no ordinary Irish band. With an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, bass and masterful harmonies, the virtuosic, award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack create a musical distillation that rings Irish but with a slight bluegrass resonance. With over 25 years of life on the road, they will present an evening of spellbinding music in “Traveling Down an Irish Road.” Performer website:

Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band: Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m., Mainstage. Free Concert! Known as America’s Big Band, this 19-member ensemble is celebrating their 50th Anniversary as the premier touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army. Receiving great acclaim both at home and abroad performing their inspiring and patriotic tribute, “The Greatest Generation,” the musicians will honor World War II servicemen and servicewomen, while also paying homage to the uniforms worn during that era. Performer website:

Four Bitchin’ Babes: Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m., Mainstage. This tour de force musical comedy theatre troupe features four accomplished musician-actress-comediennes who promise to fill the JLC stage with whimsical songs, poignant stories and razor sharp humor. Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint and Christine Lavin take turns in the spotlight, playing their instruments while harmonizing like a heavenly choir. This hilarious renegade sorority of gal pals create an evening of raucous laughter, unbridled comedic commentary and wild fun! Performer website:

The James Lumber Center is also pleased to present several shows designed especially for school groups. For more information, call (847) 543-2431.

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2019 Opera in the Neighborhoods’ production of Earth to Kenzie: Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 am and 12 p.m., Mainstage. This new opera written by Frances Pollock and Jessica Murphy Moo tells the story of Kenzie, a fifth grader with homework, asthma and a big imagination. After her mother and her move to a family shelter, Kenzie tries to find the confidence to make friends and succeed in the classroom. Suitable for ages 7-12. For tickets and information:

The Science of Magic:  Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., Mainstage. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience takes the audience on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world to see how magicians  create the impossible. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create  their illusions. This amazing show is designed to excite, educate and intrigue students to think “outside the box” and spawn their curiosity. Suitable for grades 1-6. Performer website:

Virginia Rep’s I Have A Dream: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m., Mainstage. The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King puts his philosophy of nonviolent protest to work. He gains recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. Suitable for ages 7+. Performer website:


Subscriber ticket prices for JLC Professional Series shows range from $16 to $36, with two price levels available for most events. When purchased with an adult subscription, subscriptions for teens ages 12-17 are available at a discount. CLC student subscriptions are also available.

The deadline to purchase Professional Series Subscriptions (three or more events) is Sept. 30, 2019. In addition to getting the best seats available, Subscribers can also purchase additional tickets throughout the 2019/2020 season at the low subscriber rate. Subscribers also receive personalized assistance creating their subscription; handling and exchange fees waived; and ticket exchanges up to 24 hours prior to the event during regular Box Office hours.

A dedicated subscriber line is available at (847) 986-1800. A $2 per ticket JLC facility fee will be added to each ticket at the time of purchase. Subscription tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in the James Lumber Center, Room P112, on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St., or by phone. Subscriptions are not available for online purchase, but patrons can learn more about the 2019/2020 season by visiting the new James Lumber Center website at

For more information on JLC subscriptions, call the Box Office at (847) 543-2300 (option 5). The JLC Box Office is currently open Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Please note the Box Office is closed on Fridays through Aug. 2.

Single tickets for all JLC professional events (not part of a subscription of three or more vents) will go on sale Aug. 19.

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