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NIU honors world-renowned cellist and former faculty member Raya Garbousova, Sept. 25

NIU honors world-renowned cellist and former faculty member Raya Garbousova, Sept. 25

On what would have been her 110th birthday, the Northern Illinois University Libraries and the Friends of the NIU Libraries are hosting an event to celebrate and honor the life of world-renowned cellist and former NIU faculty member, Raya Garbousova, and her contributions to the world of music. Garbousova (1909-1997) was on faculty at NIU from 1979 until 1991 and was instrumental in building the music program by attracting very talented cello students to attend school at NIU. (more…)

NIU’s Anthony Devroye and Notre Dame’s Daniel Schlosberg present “Viola Century” at NIU, Sept. 24

NIU’s Anthony Devroye and Notre Dame’s Daniel Schlosberg present “Viola Century” at NIU, Sept. 24

Anthony Devroye, professor of viola at the NIU School of Music, and guest pianist Daniel Schlosberg, from the University of Notre Dame, present a recital titled “Viola Century,” Tuesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in the NIU Recital Hall.  The program features three sonatas from the 1919 Berkshire Music Festival Competition, which prompted the creation of dozens of new works for viola and piano and helped launch the often-neglected viola as a solo instrument. (more…)

Cor Cantiamo to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cor Cantiamo to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cor Cantiamo, Northern Illinois University Ensemble in Residence will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is the Art Works grant of $10,000 to Cor Cantiamo for a commissioning project with acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category. (more…)

Memorial and music celebration set for former Associate Dean Al O’Connor

Memorial and music celebration set for former Associate Dean Al O’Connor

Al O’Connor, a longtime professor of music, and the founder of the world-famous NIU Steelband, passed away June 9 in DeKalb at the age of 75.  A memorial visitation will be held Friday, August 2, at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb from 4-6 p.m., and a musical celebration of his life will be held Saturday, August 3, at 3 p.m. in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building on the NIU main campus.

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