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Rock legends Kansas to join NIU Philharmonic for Homecoming concert at Convocation Center

August 29, 2011

Kansas Collegiate Symphony TourRock legends Kansas will join the NIU Philharmonic for one spectacular Homecoming 2011 concert.

This unforgettable Homecoming concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the NIU Convocation Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $37.50 to $22.50 and can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. NIU students get a $5 discount with a valid NIU OneCard at the NIU Convocation Center box office.

From the beginning, Kansas has achieved success by playing original music.

What once was a “garage band” from Topeka, Kansas has turned into a record-selling rock band. With eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album and a million-dollar single, “Dust in the Wind,” Kansas has sold out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

After the groundbreaking and universally successful 2010 Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour, the band is not only continuing but expanding the tour for the fall of 2011. The tour will again help raise funds and awareness for college and university music programs.

“Kansas and all the school symphonies just hit it off big time! The only people having more fun then us were all the students playing on stage with us,” original member and drummer Phil Ehart said of last year’s concerts. “And considering all the money that was raised to help the music departments, everyone considered it a real success! We know this year will be bigger and better!”

“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. This will truly be a classic show.”

“As professionals, these students may play alongside well-known stars of music, but it is a 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.”

The concert is not only an experience for current students but also for alumni.

“Bringing Kansas the weekend of Homecoming is showing our alumni that NIU events are not just for students, but for them, too,” said Joe Matty, director of the NIU Alumni Associations. “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.”