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Faculty recital to celebrate Benjamin Britten

September 3, 2013
Anthony Devroye

Anthony Devroye

The NIU School of Music’s 2013-2014 Faculty Recital Series will open with music for viola and piano at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.

Anthony Devroye, NIU associate professor and violist of the Avalon String Quartet, will collaborate with pianist Daniel Schlosberg, artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Their program will honor the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten.

Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, and on the NIU faculty since 2007. He has performed with the quartet in the United States and abroad, and is also a regular guest with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Chamber Musicians and other leading ensembles. He recently appeared on Chicago’s “Rush Hour Concerts” in a recital that was broadcast live on WFMT radio.

Schlosberg, a Los Angeles native, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Institute and SUNY-Stony Brook. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, and has given recitals at Bargemusic (New York), the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Chicago), Sundays Live (Los Angeles) and the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.)

Thursday’s program will feature music by composers who were also viola players, including Britten, the noted English composer (1913-1976) whose centennial is being celebrated all over the world this year. Other composers on the program are Frank Bridge (with whom Britten studied), Carl Stamitz, Paul Hindemith and Georges Enesco.

“This is a colorful and richly varied program,” Devroye says. “The composers’ intimate knowledge of the viola and its capabilities comes through in each work in unique ways.”

The concert is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or [email protected].