KSO’s spring concert to feature NIU Steel Band

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The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert, “Shostakovich and Steel,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. At its 37th season finale, the KSO will perform “Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96,” and “Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93,” by Dmitri Shostakovich,…

NIU Percussion Ensemble to showcase works for keyboard percussion

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The NIU Percussion Ensemble will take the stage in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, to showcase the beauty and versatility of the keyboard percussion instrument family. The marimba, vibraphone and glockenspiel are central instruments in percussion solo and chamber repertoire. NIU Percussion Ensemble directors Gregory Beyer and Michael Mixtacki have programmed…

Reggie Thomas to lead NIU Jazz Studies Program

Reginald “Reggie” Thomas
Reginald “Reggie” Thomas has accepted the position as coordinator of the internationally recognized Northern Illinois University School of Music‘s internationally renowned Jazz Studies program. Thomas succeeds the esteemed jazz educator Ronald Carter, who is retiring after 20 years at NIU. Thomas comes to NIU from the Michigan State University College of Music, where he has served as…

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