New Philharmonic salutes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber – Chicago Tribune

Kate Tombaugh grew up on a working farm in Streator, where singing — and hard work — was a way of life. Opera singing, however, was not.

She didn’t even see her first opera until she was literally singing in it. Her path to her life as an opera singer is an unconventional one that began on her parents’ corn and soybean farm.

You can see mezzo soprano Tombaugh when New Philharmonic Orchestra performs “The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

New Philharmonic is under the direction of Kirk Muspratt. Other guests on the bill include soprano Alisa Jordheim, tenor Jesse Donner, baritone Thomas Meglioranza and the 90-voiced Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Audiences will hear songs from “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Carousel,” “The Sound of Music” and more.

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