Duo XXI to perform Oct. 3

Duo XXI - Anna Cromwell (left) and Mira Frisch
Duo XXI - Anna Cromwell (left) and Mira Frisch

The NIU School of Music will host a concert by guest artists Duo XXI (Anna Cromwell, violin; Mira Frisch, cello) at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Music Building Recital Hall.

The program will consist of seven new pieces commissioned by Duo XXI, each inspired by something non-musical, such as a painting, a poem, nature, etc. Composers featured are John Allemeier, Ferdinando De Sena, NIU School of Music faculty member David Maki, Brian Arreola, Stephen Anderson, Jonathon Kirk and Paul Johnston.

Duo XXI is committed to developing the musical culture of the 21st century through commissioning, performing and recording new music.

Both members are passionate string professors who reach a diverse audience through concerts, conference presentations and outreach workshops. The duo’s mission is to unite today’s students, performers and composers to enliven music and to cultivate the intimate and expressive string duo as a genre for our time. Albany Records will release the Duo’s new CD, “Quest: New Music for Violin and Cello,” in late 2010.

Highlights of Duo XXI’s recent performances include recitals at the National Gallery of Bermuda; the Bravo! Institute in Minneapolis; and the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. The ensemble also has performed at many universities throughout the United States.

In addition to giving numerous recitals during 2010–2011, Duo XXI will perform at the Society of Composers Incorporated National Conference and present a lecture-recital about string duo repertoire at the American String Teachers Association National Conference.

The concert is free and open to the public. The NIU Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave., is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater in the School of Music at lslater@niu.edu or (815) 753-1546.

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