Showing posts from August, 2013

Theatre Professors Earn 5-Star Review

Patricia Skarbinski as Juliet
Patricia Skarbinski, assistant professor of movement and acting in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, performed the lead role in AndrĂ¡s Visky's play "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" at this summer's Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The lighting designer for the show was NIU assistant professor of lighting Brandon Wardell, and technical director was NIU theatre alum Joel Huff.

The piece was produced as part of the Sacred Playground Theatre Project based in Chicago, and was one of more than 120 works being produced at the Edinburgh festival.

Of their performance in Edinburgh, reviewer Graeme Strachan of the British Theatre Guide provided a 5-star review, stating "...Visky's a triumphant piece of new theatre that deserves to be seen, consumed and cherished." The entire review is available here.

Congratulations Patricia, Brandon and Joel!

Faculty Composer's Works Hailed Internationally

NIU School of Music professor of composition Robert Fleisher’s Two Movements for cello were included in the August 8 edition of  “Avant-garde and Beyond,” a program broadcast from radio station CJSR at the
University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The weekly program is streamed live, and can be heard worldwide—in the Chicago area,  from 10:05 to 12 noon, each Thursday, by clicking on “listen live” at

Dr. Fleisher was also one of several dozen composers to participate in this year’s Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (August 13-17), an annual international conference, which this year included composers from Japan, Germany, France, England, Italy, and Sweden, as well as Canada and the United States. His Loretto Alfresco (premiered during the 2009 New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival) was selected from approximately 250 submitted works. Loretto Alfresco received two  different performances at the TES, one in 2-channel stereo, the other employing a multi-speaker arr…

Clarinet Professor Appears in Italy

Drs. Gregory Barrett (left) and Cosmin Harsian
Gregory Barrett, professor of clarinet in the NIU School of Music, attended the July 24-28 ClarinetFest of the International Clarinet Association in Assisi, Italy. While at the conference Barrett judged the final round of the Research Competition with presenters from Europe, North America and South America. Among the many performers in Assisi, Barrett participated with a clarinet ensemble comprised of professors from U.S. universities.

Also attending the ClarinetFest were NIU graduates Madelyn Moore, Hannah Qualls and Cosmin Harsian, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at West University of Timisoara, Romania. Dr. Harsian performed with three of his clarinet students.

Everyone's Everest Returns!

Several readers will recognize the sculpture Everyone's Everest from residing for many years at the corner of Gilbert Drive and Lucinda Avenue, near both the Art Building and the Music Building. For the past 2 years, while renovations were taking place at Gilbert Hall, artist Barry Hehemann had removed the piece and stored it, as the lawn was being used for staging construction materials.

We're happy to announce that Everyone's Everest has now returned! The work is situated in a new location - just east of the Music Building, between the building and the Kishwaukee River. Long-term plans call for a sculpture garden on this plot, and having Barry's work at this location becomes a great "anchor" to that project.

As visitors climb the stairs, they are treated to single words on each step - each of which is thought provoking and meaningful to many. And, at the top, you are afforded a tremendous view.

Thank you to Barry Hehemann for again providing for the loan …