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Cor Cantiamo’s 10th anniversary season opens with a world premiere

Cor Cantiamo’s 10th anniversary season opens with a world premiere

Concert features world premiere of a piece composed by Libby Larsen, and accompanying art exhibition by Heriberto Ponce

Cor Cantiamo, the choral Ensemble-in-Residence at Northern Illinois University opens its 10th anniversary concert season with a world premiere of the powerful work Verdad/True composed by the acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. The concert will be held Sunday, November 3, at 3 p.m. in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall on the NIU Main Campus. (more…)

NIU hosts eighth NIU New Music Festival Nov. 5-8

NIU hosts eighth NIU New Music Festival Nov. 5-8

The NIU School of Music presents the eighth NIU New Music Festival, November 5-8, featuring five concerts over four nights.

The event brings together NIU students and faculty performers along with renowned performers like:

  • Libby Larsen, one of America’s most prolific and performed composers
  • Erin Gee, accomplished composer and vocalist, in-demand at home and abroad
  • Ensemble Dal Niente, performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit
  • Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago-based group that harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music
  • Avalon String Quartet, world-renowned ensemble in residence in the NIU School of Music
  • Matt Ulery, Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader who has developed an instantly recognizable sound
  • Projeto Arcomusical, a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through unique and powerful chamber music made up of NIU School of Music alumni and faculty
  • Abby Fisher, percussionist focused on performing and supporting continued growth of new music, and has expertise in contemporary, classical, and African (Ewe) percussion

Concert schedule

New Music bannerConcert No. 1
Libby Larsen, Composer Portrait
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 2
New Music from NIU
Erin Gee
Ensemble Dal Niente
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 3
Fifth House Ensemble
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall, NIU Music Building

Concert No. 4
Matt Ulery
Avalon String Quartet
Projecto Arcomusical
Gregory Beyer, NIU School of Music professor and director of percussion studies
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 5
Abby Fisher
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall, NIU Music Building

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 students and School of Music students are free of charge.  Tickets can purchased online or at the door.