Showing posts from April, 2011

Art Faculty Members' Work on Exhibit at Chicago's "Next Fair"

Smith - "Here's Looking"

Rizzo - "Niagara"

Two NIU School of Art faculty members have received invitations to have their work exhibited at Chicago's Next Fair: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, which will be held April 29 to May 2 at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

Painting professor Nina Rizzo will have work displayed at the offerings by the Linda Warren Gallery, including her large and striking work Niagara - Illuminated Falls.

Mixed media instructor Geoffrey Todd Smith will have his work on display as part of the Western Exhibitions offerings.

If you can make it to Chicago this weekend, check out their works!

NIU Jazz Lab Band to Perform at Famous Venue

The NIU Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of professor Rodrigo Villanueva, will appear at the famous Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Tuesday, May 3. Appearing with the band will be several alumni members of the band and several NIU School of Music faculty members.

For all the details, read this fine article in NIU Today.

NIU Community School of the Arts' Students Featured in Chicago Festival

Aaron Brancato

Hanna Bingham

CSA Children's Choir

The NIU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce that two area high school soloists and the CSA Children’s Choir are participating in the 2011 Chicago Youth in Music Festival this spring.

NIU School of Music director Paul Bauer has been an advisor for the project. “I am very excited that the NIU Community School of the Arts has been invited to be a part of 2011 Chicago Youth in Music Festival. This invitation is an acknowledgement of the value and quality of the student experiences in the community school at NIU.”

Aaron Brancato of Sycamore and Hanna Bingham of DeKalb join young musicians from other programs in the Chicago area to become members of the Festival Orchestra. The orchestra plays at the Festival Kick-off on May 5 and participates in a rehearsal with legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti on May 9 on the stage of Orchestra Hall.

Aaron Brancato is a junior at S…

MDW Fair Review Spotlights Much NIU-Related Work

My previous post discusses the work of NIU professor of art Frank Trankina, which is appearing as part of this weekend's MDW Fair in Chicago.

Paul Klein's review of the MDW Fair has been picked up and published by both Artletter and by the Huffington Post. In Mr. Klein's review he shows several pieces by NIU faculty members and alumni.

In addition to prominently showing Frank's works, the Klein review shows a sculpture by NIU School of Art instructor Ben Stone,

a sculpture by NIU School of Art alumnus Michael Rea,

and a wall drawing by NIU School of Art alumnus Ryan Christian.

You can read Paul Klein's review here on Artletter or here on the Huffington Post.

We also discovered that NIU School of Art alumnus Dominic Moore, who owns the Ebersmoore Gallery, has work represented at the MDW Fair.

Congratulations to all our NIU art folks in the MDW Fair!

Painting Faculty Member's Work in Major Exhibition

Popeye's Last Stand

Devil Havin' a Beer


Frank Trankina, professor of painting in the NIU School of Art, has been busy this week getting his works ready to appear in the noted exhibition MDW Fair. Some of Frank's works appearing in the exhibition are above. The MDW Fair will be held this weekend, April 23 and 24, at The Geolofts, 3636 South Iron Street in Chicago. For those in need of directions, go here.

The MDW Fair is a gathering of independent art spaces, galleries, initiatives and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the MDW Fair website, the fair "...will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region."

The Geolofts are only 4 miles from downtown Chicago, so if you're in Chicago this weekend, check it out!

Alumni Voice Recital April 20

Andrzej Stec, tenor, graduated from the NIU School of Music with an undergraduate degree in voice performance. Among other notable performances, Andrzej sang in the opera theater production of "The Rakes Progress."

Andrzej will perform in recital at NIU with his mentor from the University of Montreal, Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt, piano. Andrzej has just attained his DMA from that institution. The recital is at 4:00 p.m. on April 20 in the Music Building Recital Hall. The next day, April 21, at 11:00 a.m. in room 155, Mr. Vaillancourt will present a master class.

Andrzej has been in Chicago Opera Theater's Young Artists Program (2007) and has performed with the Rockford Chamber Orchestra (2007). With Opera Circle, Cleveland, he sang in the U.S. premiere of Elsner's opera "Echo in the Woods," (2010) and was been re-engaged by that company to sing Arturo in Bellini's "I Puritani" in November of 2010 and Szymanowski's "King Roger" in June …

Voice Professor Hosting Annual Summer Workshop

Myron Myers, professor of voice in the NIU School of Music, announces his summer class for opera singers and collaborative pianists, Voices of the Millennium, will expand to 10 days this year, and take place in a new venue in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, the former Pianoforte showroom, which has a small stage and a very fine Fazioli piano. Stanton Davis, professor in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance and our esteemed new opera theater director, is giving a daily workshop in voice for the theater, and Roy Cornelius Smith, the increasingly busy internationally known tenor, will give a master class during the workshop.

For more information, visit the Voices of the Millennium website.

CVPA Staff Members Earn NIU's Top Awards

Dan Nichols

Renee Page

We are pleased to announce that two staff members of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts have received the university's top awards in their categories this year. Our sincerest Congratulations! go out to Dan Nichols and Renee Page.

Dan serves as both an instructor of instrumental methods courses as well as the audio-visual specialist for the NIU School of Music, and is a recipient of the 2011 Presidential Supportive Professional Staff Award. Dan has become a nationally-recognized expert in Internet2 technology, making the NIU School of Music a national leader in the use of such technology and helping other institutions of higher education become adept at accessing Internet2. In addition, Dan has completely upgraded all recording facilities and equipment in the School of Music, and is the head of the staff who provide services for live web streaming of nearly all School of Music concerts as well as posting videos of concerts on the School of Music YouTu…

NIU Musicians Perform for Japanese Disaster Relief

On Friday, April 8, several NIU School of Music students will perform at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles at 7:00 p.m. for a Benefit Concert for Japan Disaster Relief. A freewill offering will be taken, and all net ticket proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, designated for Japan disaster relief. The evening's program will consist of chamber music classics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Faculty violist Anthony Devroye, violist for NIU's noted Avalon String Quartet, will also perform. Works being performed on the April 8 program include the Mozart trio for piano, viola and clarinet, the Schumann piano quintet in E-flat Major, and the Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone by Francis Poulenc.Tickets for the concert are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, and admission for students is free of charge.