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NIU World Music Festival Takes Place April 9 - 11

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Frequent NIU concert-goers know that on a Sunday afternoon each spring they can expect a spectactular 2-3 hour long world music concert. This year, the program has expanded into a three-day festival. Congratulations to Dr. Jui-Ching Wang of the NIU School of Music for pulling this all together!

As usual, the musics of several cultures will be featured at the 3:oo p.m. World Music Concert on Sunday, April 11. However, this year we'll be treated to several workshops and concerts over the three-day period leading up to the Sunday afternoon concert.

Click on the photo of the poster above to see the full-size poster and learn about all the great events!

Theatre Alum cast in Chicago Opera

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Pedro Willis-Barbosa, who earned his degree from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance (and was a participant in the Moscow Art Theatre program), has been assigned the role of Frederick in "The Pirates of Penzance" with Opera For the Young, the Madison, Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that takes opera to the public schools. While enrolled at NIU, and continuing since his graduation, Pedro has also been a voice student of Myron Myers in the NIU School of Music. Pedro's performances will begin in the fall of 2010.

Time Arts Alumna Earns National Recognition

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There is no category at the Oscars for "Best Title Design" - but if New York Times columnist Alice Rawsthorn were in charge, there would be - and the Oscar goes to Kristyn Hume for "Precious."

NIU Time Arts alumna Kristyn Hume (BFA 1999) designed the titles for "Precious" and receives an excellent review (and highest honor) from Ms. Rawsthorn in a March 1 column entitled Making an Art Out of Credit Rolls. Other alums from the late '90's and early 2000's may remember Kristyn as Kristyn Furino, and for those interested, her website is here.

NIU Alumnus Appearing in East Coast Production

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David Ieong, a graduate of the School of Music at NIU, is performing in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" with theBurlington Players. The show's run is scheduled for May.

NIU Well-Represented at Composers' Conference

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Robert Fleisher, Katri Ervamaa, Andrew Walters

Robert Fleisher, NIU Professor and coordinator of music theory and composition, recently returned from the Region VIII conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), held March 5-6. Dr. Fleisher was one of 42 composers from all over North America (including Canada) selected to participate, after 174 works were considered. His 2004 composition for solo cello, Ma mère, received an outstanding performance there by NIU alumna Dr. Katri Ervamaa (University of Michigan) in a program featuring members of the new music ensemble, Brave New Works. Dr. Fleisher also enjoyed seeing another NIU alum, Dr. Andrew Walters, whose composition for flute and 2-channel electroacoustic playback, Moth to Flame, was performed during the conference.

Art History Professor Presents Lecture at Toledo Museum of Art

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Sinclair Bell, Assistant Professor of Art History at NIU, will present a lecture as part of the Ancient Roman Holiday hosted by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Archeological Institute of America–Toledo. As part of the Holiday, a series of lectures about the popularity of chariot racing will be presented. The Ancient Roman Holiday events take place on March 20. The dangerous sport of chariot racing was extremely popular with large crowds in virtually every city across the Roman empire. Aristocrats and fans alike spent fortunes to support their favorite charioteers.
Professor Bell's lecture is entitled “Fans, Fame, and the Roman Circus,” and is one of three themed lectures that the day holds in store.

History in the Making: Pan Meets Jazz

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On March 20, 2010, at 8:00 p.m., the NIU Steelband and the NIU Jazz Ensemble will perform a joint concert in the Duke Ellington Ballroom, located in the Holmes Student Center. This performance is significant because it will be the first time a steelband and a jazz ensemble will perform arrangements and original compositions specifically created for this combination. Sune Borrregaard, an NIU School of Music alum, is the composer and arranger of all the works featured. In addition to Borregaard's original compositions, the music of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie is featured in his arrangements.

Be sure to mark your calendar now for what is sure to be a ground-breaking performance!

NIU Composer's Works Featured in North Carolina Conferences

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Professor Robert Fleisher, Coordinator of Composition and Theory at the NIU School of Music, recently had works featured at two conferences in North Carolina.

Dr. Fleisher's composition Secrets was performed on February 5 by pianist Tomoko Deguchi (Winthrop University; Rock Hill, SC) at the Region IV conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), hosted by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He was one of 60 composers from around the USA and Canada whose works were selected from more than 240 who submitted works. The timing of the conference also permitted him to be among the first visitors to the new International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro, which opened earlier that week (built around the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter about which much has been written during the last 50 years).

The second conference featuring his work was the "CHAT" (Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology) Digital Arts Festival. On both February 17 and …