Friday, January 30, 2015

Theatre Professor Publishes Book Review

Kay Martinovich

The winter 2014 edition of New Hibernia Review (a peer-reviewed journal on Irish studies) features a book review by NIU School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Kay Martinovich.

Kay reviews the book Stewart Parker: A Life (Oxford University Press) by author Marilynn Richtarik. Among other statements praising Richtarik's work, Kay writes "Richtarik thoughtfully brings to life this remarkable writer, his sense of humor, his verbal deftness, and his positive attitude at whatever life threw his way."

[In another, likely unintentional connection to NIU, one of Parker's final plays is entitled "Northern Star."]

To read an abstract of Kay's review, click here.

Congratulations on the publication, Kay!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sculpture Professor Featured in Magazine

The visual art magazine Beautiful/Decay is featuring the work on Mike Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art and Design, in their latest issue. The feature includes photos of several of Mike's pieces - check it out here!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Scheduled to Learn about Famed Choreographer Bill T. Jones

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce a Brown Bag Lunch for this Thursday, January 22. The presenter will be Catherine Cabeen, the Repetiteur from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Catherine will present a lecture/demonstration on famous choreographer Bill T. Jones' dance "Spend Days Out Yonder," which is being set on the BFA dancers in the School of Theatre and Dance.
Please bring your lunch and join us!
Gabel Hall 113
Thursday, January 22
1:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Percussion Professor Named as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Gregory Beyer, Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Brazil. Beginning in August 2015, he has been invited to spend four months at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte as a Visiting Scholar. During his stay, Beyer will offer a symposium on contemporary performance practice of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau, a musical instrument associated with the Afro-Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira Angola. Beyer’s additional planned activities include: a collaboration with Sergio Freire, UFMG Professor of Composition and Chair of the Graduate Program in the School of Music, to create a new piece of music for solo berimbau and interactive electronics; training of Capoeira Angola with Mestre Juandir Nascimento at the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Belo Horizonte; and a concert presentation of original compositions in conjunction with students from Belo Horizonte and students from NIU.

In July 2015, prior to the start of his Fulbright work, Beyer and his ensemble, Projeto Arcomusical, have received an invitation to perform at the Ciclo de Música Contemprorânea, a festival of contemporary music at the contemporary art museum, Instituto Inhotim. Projeto Arcomusical features NIU students Alexis Lamb, Christopher Mrofcza, Abby Rehard, and Kyle Flens. The ensemble has also been invited to participate and perform at a FICA organized International Capoeira Angola Conference to be held later that same month in Bahia, Brazil. Projeto Arcomusical was recently featured in performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, November 2014.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Emeritus Music Professor's Works Performed

Robert Fleisher, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition in the NIU School of Music, is one of six composers whose vocal music is featured on the CD "Portraits" (Capstone CPS-8792), released in 2008. In his March/April 2011 Journal of Singing review, Gregory Berg wrote: “This is an exemplary recording … it is difficult to imagine anyone being ultimately disappointed with a disk featuring well nigh perfect performances of such intriguing repertoire.” Dr. Fleisher is represented on that recording by his Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie,” performed by soprano Lynn Eustis and pianist Elvia Puccinelli. Berg noted that Dr. Fleisher’s songs “are particularly apt in how they embody the spirit of the texts so convincingly, with an openness that never feels empty.” The first performance of this complete song cycle was given in 2004 by NIU alum, Dr. Emily Truckenbrod (director of vocal studies, SIU-Edwardsville), accompanied by Amy I-Lin Ching, during the national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI).

This Sunday evening, November 16, from 11:00 pm to 12 midnight (CST), Dr. Fleisher’s Five Songs were among several works from "Portraits" to be featured during “Singing and other Sins,” a broadcast of Hawaii Public Radio (HPR1), which is streamed live and can be heard worldwide.

NIU Conductor Guest Stars with Chicago Sinfonietta

This past weekend Lucia Matos, NIU School of Music professor and conductor of the award-winning NIU Philharmonic, served as guest conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta. The concerts, on November 15 and 17, were part of the three-day annual Mexican cultural and heritage “Dia De Los Muertos” festival. On, reviewer Sandra Trevino stated, “With guest conductor Lucia Matos at the helm, Chicago Sinfonietta’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration offers a complex musical exploration of the human experience as it goes through the stages of grief and joy when losing a loved one.”

Congratulations, Lucia!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Music Alumna Awarded Noted National Fellowship

This past week and weekend the annual national conference of the American Musicological Society was held in Milwaukee. During the conference, NIU School of Music alumna Mia Gormandy was awarded the prestigious Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship. This fellowship's intention is to increase the number of minority scholars and teachers in musicology, and the award covers the cost of one year of graduate work. Mia is completing her Ph.D. at Florida State University.

Congratulations, Mia!