Legendary Dionne Warwick performs at NCC
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media October 4, 2012 10:48AM
Dionne Warwick is scheduled to perform at NCC Oct. 6 and 7. | Courtesy of NCC
♦ Oct. 6-7
♦ North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville
♦ Tickets, $50-$65
♦ (630) 637-7469
Updated: October 4, 2012 10:48AM
Music legend Dionne Warwick will perform two shows this weekend at North Central College as part of her 50th anniversary tour.
She will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall.
Warwick has the second-most Billboard 100 singles of any female vocalist behind Aretha Franklin. She has five Grammy Awards under her belt for songs such as “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and the landmark song, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
In 2012, she celebrates 50 years as a performing and recording artist. Along the way, she enjoyed a successful partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David; and worked with such musical legends as Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Warwick has sold more than 100 million records and earned some 60 charted hit songs, including “Walk on By,” “A House Is Not a Home” and “Say a Little Prayer.” She is also a noted author and philanthropist, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.
She took time from her touring schedule to conduct an interview via email.
Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary World Tour. Why do you think that your music continues to be popular, and why does it continue to resonate with new generations of fans?
“I feel my music has been able to grow with my audiences over the years and basically I sing songs that resonate with all ages.”
What are some of the high points of your career?
“There have been many highlights in my career so far and it would take your entire column to list them all … a few of course would be the first gold/platinum record, the first Grammy, appearing before kings, queens, heads of state, and the list goes on.”
Were there any moments when you felt like packing it up and calling it quits?
“Yes, I have thought of using my teaching credentials many times, and I believe all that are in this business have to think of this option at least a few times … it keeps us sane!”
Your career should serve as a how-to guide: you got an education and paid your dues working as a backup singer. You didn’t win a reality show and have instant fame. How did your education (Warwick earned a doctorate in musical education in 1973) and your early years in the industry help you?
“My education has been one of the most valuable assets, as just navigating the unorthodox musical method that Bacharach uses is in itself a task and was quite helpful in my studies at the Hartt College of Music where I studied.”
Do you think social media and reality TV has hurt the industry?
“I think it has in some ways, and yet in other ways it does help to keep people informed, so it is a double-edged sword.”
How are you picking the songs that you will play on the tour? Are you dusting off any deep tracks that people may not recognize?
“I really don’t have to choose what I sing; my audiences have already done that for me.”
Are you dusting off any deep tracks that people may not recognize?
“Yes, there will be a few surprises.”
What can Naperville audiences expect from your show?