Kansas will perform with NIU Philharmonic during Oct. 15 Homecoming 2011 celebration

1970s publicity photo of KansasThe NIU Philharmonic will help celebrate Homecoming 2011 by performing Saturday, Oct. 15, with multi-platinum, award-winning rockers Kansas at the NIU Convocation Center.

“A Night with Kansas and the NIU Orchestra” will take place shortly after the conclusion of the NIU vs. Western Michigan Homecoming football game.

Kansas, who began performing with university orchestras in 2010, selects only a limited number of schools each year.

“We are tremendously excited that Kansas has chosen NIU for one of its rare orchestra concerts,” said Paul Bauer, director of the NIU School of Music. “Just imagine Kansas playing hits like ‘Point of Know Return’ and ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ with the power of NIU’s great Philharmonic.”

The concert will provide a unique opportunity for NIU students to collaborate with a legendary musical group.

“As professionals, these students may play alongside well-known stars of music, but it is unique that as students they would have this opportunity,” said Rich Holly, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “It’s one more way we can help to prepare our students for what they’ll likely encounter as professionals.”

Joe Matty, executive director of the Alumni Association, said this rare homecoming event promises something special for students, families, faculty and alumni.

“Bringing Kansas the weekend of Homecoming is an indication to our alumni that NIU events are not just for current students, but for all members of the NIU family,” Matty said. “This event is special because of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. We are showcasing our students and their talent for a truly amazing homecoming experience.”

Additional concert details are scheduled to be released in May.

For more information regarding NIU Convocation Center events, call (815) 752-6800.

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