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NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts to present Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and related art exhibition and theater performance

NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts to present Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and related art exhibition and theater performance

The NIU School of Music presents, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín in concert Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in NIU’s Music Building. 

The signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is a concert-drama that was conceived and created by Foundation President, Maestro Murry Sidlin. It combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimony from survivors of the original Terezín chorus and footage from the 1944 Nazi propaganda film about Theresienstadt. The performance also includes actors who speak the words of imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter and others.

The performance at NIU will feature the NIU Concert Choir, the NIU Philharmonic, Cor Cantiamo, Voices in Harmony, and the McHenry County College Chamber Choir. The performance will be conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin and soloists include Sara Gartshore (soprano), Susan Platts, (mezzo-soprano), Andrzej Stec (tenor) and Samuel Handley (bass).

Due to high demand it is recommended to purchase tickets online before the concert, though tickets will be sold at the door space permitting.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

A companion art exhibition, Expressions of Defiance, presented by the Jewish Artists Collective-Chicago will be held from the date of the performance through May 15 in the Reynolds Whitney Gallery adjacent to the concert hall.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Expressions of Defiance addresses the timeless theme of the arts as a response to oppression, and also to the humanizing and life-giving power of making art in inhuman circumstances. Expressions of Defiance is a multi-media exhibition of art in a dialogue with the Defiant Requiem.

Bent by Martin Sherman is a collaboration project between Northern Illinois University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, The Graduate School, Gender/Sexuality Resource Center, School of Theatre and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design.  The play brings awareness to the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust, and will be performed Thursday May 2 to Saturday May 4 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Black Box Theatre in the NIU Stevens Building, home to the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.

Tickets for Bent are $5 for NIU students and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at https://bent.brownpapertickets.com

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Terezin stamp

Arts and Culture at Terezin

Situated northwest of Prague, Terezín was originally founded as a garrison city under Emperor Joseph II at the end of the 18th century. After the destruction of Czechoslovakia by the national socialist occupiers in 1938, a Gestapo prison was established in Theresienstadt’s so-called “Small Fortress.” In the autumn of 1941 this civil town, whose inhabitants were relocated bit by bit, became a transit and collection camp for Jews of the region then called the “Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.”

Terezín became the so-called “old-age ghetto” for war invalids and persons of special merit in the First World War, as well as for well-known Jews including scholars, philosophers, scientists, visual artists, and musicians of all types, some of whom had achieved international renown, and many of these contributed to the camp’s unique cultural life.

The Nazis kept a tight rein on the world’s perception of activities within Terezin proclaiming it a “village gifted by the Führer to the Jews.” In a propaganda effort designed to fool the Western allies, the Nazis publicized the camp for its rich cultural life. This included preliminary deportation of the more sickly to Auschwitz to minimize the appearance of overcrowding and a late 1943-44 beautification and embellishment campaign constructing fake shops and cafés along a controlled tour path in preparation for a June 23, 1944 delegation from the International Red Cross to view the camp.

Imprisoned visual artists including Bedřich FrittaNorbert TrollerLeo Haas, Otto Ungar, and Petr Kien, were officially employed by the Arts Department to create drawings of life and work at Terezin on the orders of the SS. The artists, however, depicted the ghetto’s actual conditions in their spare time. Several of these artists were caught smuggling their work out of the ghetto and accused of “atrocity propaganda” and tortured. Much of their artwork was not rediscovered until many years later, and has been a useful tool for historians.

Drawings and paintings by the children interned at the camp were also smuggled out or hidden in the walls at Terezin and have become testimony to the courage of the children and their teachers, who continued to live, to teach, to paint, to learn, and to hope, despite the constant fear of violent death, a fear based on a realistic assessment of the situation in which they found themselves.

Sources:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Terezin.org
The Defiant Requiem Foundation, defiantrequiem.org

 

 

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Spring 2019 College of Visual and Performing Arts Schedule of Performances and Exhibitions

Spring 2019 College of Visual and Performing Arts Schedule of Performances and Exhibitions

Check out the 2019 spring schedule of performances and exhibitions at the Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Every year, the Schools of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance put on nearly 300 open to the public performances, concerts, exhibitions and lectures.

This arts events schedule also includes handy links to ticket information for performances in both music and theater.

School of Music

Spring Concert Schedule

School of Music Concerts

Jazz Series
presented by DeKalb Sycamore Cadlillac
World Music Series Choral and Opera Series Concert Band and Percussion Series presented by First National Bank Orchestra and String Series
presented by WNIU/WNIJ
Feb. 19 – Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30 pm, House Café Apr. 7 – Steelpan Studio, University Steelband and CSA Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH Feb. 25 – Concert Choir, 8 pm, BMCH  Feb. 27 – Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH  Feb. 14 – Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH 
Mar. 6 – University Jazz, 8 pm, BMCH Apr. 10 – Chinese Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH  Mar. 5 – University Chorus, 8 pm, BMCH  Feb. 28 – Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH  Feb. 20 – NIU Philharmonic, 8 pm, BMCH
Apr. 9 – Jazztet, 6:30 pm, House Café Apr. 11 – Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, 6:30 pm, RH  Mar. 29 – Opera Theatre, 8 pm, BMCH  Apr. 15 – Percussion Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH  Apr. 3 – Composers Concert, 8 pm, RH
Apr. 11 – Jazz Orchestra, 8 pm, BMCH Apr. 12 – World Music Fusion, 6:30 pm, RH  Mar. 31 – Opera Theatre, 3 pm, BMCH  Apr. 18 – Wind Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH Apr. 9 – Avalon String Quartet, 8 pm, RH
Apr. 16 – Jazz Combo Fest, 6:30 pm, House Café Apr. 14 – World Music Concert, 3 pm, BMCH Apr. 25 – University Chorus, 8 pm, BMCH   Apr. 22 – Wind Symphony, 8 pm, BMCH Apr. 28 – “Defiant Requiem,” 3 pm, BMCH
Apr. 17 – Latin Jazz Dance Party, 8 pm, BMCH Apr. 21 – NIU Steelband, 3 pm, BMCH Apr. 28 – “Defiant Requiem”, 3 pm, BMCH    
Apr. 23 – Jazz Ensemble, 8 pm, BMCH  
  Locations: BMCH – Boutell Memorial Concert Hall // RH – Recital Hall
House Café • 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb
  Tickets: $5 for adults and seniors
$3 for students
  Ticket information

School of Theatre and Dance

Spring Performance Schedule

School of Theatre and Dance Fall Performances

Mainstage

The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson
Feb. 6-10
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Presented by WNIU/WNIJ
Feb. 27 – March 3
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Wonderfully Alice
Apr. 3-7
Showtimes: Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Spring Dance: Le Corsaire
Apr. 25-28
Showtimes: Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Studio Series

Boy, by Andrea Ziegler
Feb. 13-17
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Seven Ways to Say I Love You, by Adam Szymkowicz
March 20-24, 2019
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

BFA-MFA Showcase
Apr. 10-14
Showtimes: Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Ticket information

Art

Exhibitions and Lectures in the School of Art and Design and Art Museum

Jack Olson Gallery Exhibitions

February 8 – 22
Annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition
Annual juried exhibition featuring works by current NIU School of Art and Design students.
Reception, Juror’s Talk, Award Presentation: February 15, 12:30-2:00
Annual Juried exhibition featuring works by current NIU School of Art and Design students. Exhibition sponsored by Blick Art Materials. March 7 – April 18 (gallery closed March 9-17 for spring break)

March 11 – 15
Carlos Melian- “UNTITLED (Simple Acts)” & Gina Lee Robbins “Material Alchemy: Cobbling with Clay and Found Materials”
Art by Carlos Melian and Gina Lee Robbins. Reception and gallery talks: Thursday March 7, 5:-6:30pm.
The genesis for each work in Untitled (Simple Acts) is the simple act of creating an abstract image based on recognizable forms, dividing basic geometric shapes, or extending a painting beyond its traditional boundaries.

Gina Lee Robbins Material Alchemy: Cobbling with Clay and Found Materials Material Alchemy is comprised of ceramic wall installations and free standing sculpture that incorporate found artifacts from both the built and natural worlds.

April 25 – May 9
BFA Show
Capstone exhibition showcasing works by students earning NIU School of Art and Design BFA Degrees.

The gallery is located on the second floor of the Visual Arts Building on the east end of the NIU campus and is handicapped accessible. Campus parking is free week days after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends.
Limited meter parking is available on Gilbert Drive.
Gallery Hours : Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. – noon

Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speakers in Art History Alumni Series

Monday, Feb. 4, Jack Arends Hall room 100, 5 p.m.
Samuel Dodd, Assistant Professor, Ohio University
“All Eyes on Space: An Architectural History of Television:

Tuesday, March 26, Jack Arends Hall room 100, 5 p.m.
Rhonda Taube, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Riverside City College
“Xena Warrior Princess Meets Efrain Rios Montt: Contemporary Maya dance and Pop Culture Imagery in Highland Guatemala”

NIU Art Museum

Mar. 28 – May 17
Data: BIG/~driven/Visualized…
This compendium of program and display delves into the array of manner in which surrounds us, impacts us, and is interpreted.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor of Altgeld Hall.

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An electronic version of the 2019 Spring Arts Schedule
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