Showing posts from January, 2011

Clarinet Cornucopia Comes to NIU

The NIU School of Music and the College of Visual and Performing Arts Office of External Programs present the annual Clarinet Cornucopia on Saturday, January 29. The event features guest clarinetist Eli Eban, professor of clarinet at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, for a special recital at 1:00 p.m. Joining Mr. Eban will be NIU School of Music piano professor William Goldenberg and NIU School of Music clarinet professor Gregory Barrett. They will perform works by Nielsen, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Winding.

Clarinet Cornucopia is a festival for clarinetists who enjoy playing and learning about their favorite instrument and its extended world. Founded in 2002, Clarinet Cornucopia focuses on a different theme each year, this year's theme being "German Romantic." Information and photographs from past Clarinet Cornucopias can be found at Gregory Barrett's website. All events take place in the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University in D…

NIU School of Music in Partnership with Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Paul Bauer, director of the NIU School of Music, has been working for several months with the leaders of numerous noted music organizations in Chicago. Led by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and, in particular, the CSO's recently-appointed creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the first of the movements and programs to come to life from the work of these arts leaders is the Citizen Musician movement.
Citizen Musician aims to identify, highlight and celebrate the work of musicians who “use their talent and passion for music to enhance the quality of life in their community and beyond,” as stated on the soon-to-launch Citizen Musician website.On Sunday, January 23, the front page of the Arts section of the Chicago Tribune displayed an article in which both Dr. Bauer and Mr. Ma were featured. The entire article may be read here.
One upcoming project of the work these leaders are doing will be for the NIU School of Music's renowned expertise in Internet2 delivery to be used to broadcast Yo-…

Voice Professor Takes Salt Lake City by Storm

Robert Sims, Professor of Voice at the NIU School of Music, will appear in two notable performances in Salt Lake City this weekend, January 15 and 16.

On Saturday, January 15, Robert sings in recital at the Cathedral of the Madeline in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Robert will be accompanied by pianist Paul Hamilton and guitarist Michael Lucarelli.

Even more notable is Robert's performance on Sunday, January 16, as the guest soloist with the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra. The performance will be broadcast live on many radio stations (9:30 a.m. Mountain Time, 10:30 a.m. Central Time). You may click here to find a radio station in your area that will carry the performance's broadcast. A telecast at a later date is being planned, and a copy of the performance program is available here.

Avalon Quartet Partners with Art Institute of Chicago and WFMT

Northern Illinois University's Avalon String Quartet has negotiated a partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and WMFT (Chicago's noted classical music radio station) regarding performance of the entire Beethoven string quartet cycle (consisting of sixteen quartets).

The agreement calls for the Avalon Quartet to perform nine concerts at the Art Institute during the 2011-12 school year and likely into the beginning of fall 2012. Performances will be promoted as an NIU/Art Institute partnership.

The new partnership with WFMT engages the Avalon Quartet in repackaging the nine concerts into six for DeKalb audiences, five of which would be presented during 2011-12 and the sixth in the fall of 2012. These concerts will be on Wednesday evenings at the NIU School of Music and broadcast live on WFMT. The dates should be set this month.

In addition, the WFMT calls for the Beethoven quartets to be performed again in chronological order of composition, which will be broadcast live fro…

Sculpture Graduate Student Presents at International Exhibition

Eric Fuertes, graduate student specializing in sculpture at the NIU School of Art, has been invited to present his work at the prestigious International Tallinn Print Triennial, held at the beautiful Kumu Art Museum, in Tallinn, Estonia. Eric will be a visiting artist at the Estonia Academy of the Arts where he will instruct a class with a group of students at the Academy to design an interactive printing press, which is what will be included in the Triennial exhibition.

Eric has been actively designing interactive sculptural printing presses for a couple of years now, debuting his "Dumbo Press" at the Southern Graphics Print Council Conference in Philadelphia last spring . Dumbo Press was a major success and the result was that Eric has been invited to numerous additional venues, including showing in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Toronto.

Eric has gone on to produce several other press designs including a "bed press" that you jump up and down on to make a print, and a…

Theatre Alum Earns Kudos in Award-Winning Play

"Chaste, An Awful Comedy" received its world-premiere performances this past summer by the Trap Door Theatre Company of Chicago, and among the four actors was NIU School of Theatre and Dance alumna Tiffany Joy Ross. Tiffany earned several excellent reviews for her portrayal of the character Elisabeth.

In addition to great reviews, the show was cited as a "Best of 2010" production in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Huffington Post.

Music Alum Earns Excellent Review

Shawn Bell, a recent graduate of the NIU School of Music (where he was a member of the famed Liberace Jazztet), recently released his CD entitled "Things Yet Unknown." In addition to Shawn's performing, the recording features four of his original compositions.

Reviewer Wilber Sostre of the noted online jazz publication Jazz Times had this to say about Shawn's playing: "To find a young trombonist like Shawn with this level of command and virtuosity is amazing." The entire review may be read here.

"Things Yet Unknown" also features current NIU jazz majors Quentin Coaxum and Nathan Brown. Congratulations Shawn, Quentin and Nathan!