Share Tweet Share Email

World premiere concert by professional choir in DeKalb

October 28, 2016

cor-centerpieceCor Cantiamo, a professional chamber choir in residence at the NIU School of Music, will present the world premiere performance of The Seven Heavens, composed by Grammy-nominated British composer James Whitbourn on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m., in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at NIU.

This 30-minute multi-movement work is a musical biography of the author C.S Lewis and scored for chamber choir and seven instrumentalists. Whitbourn’s music has been praised as “devastatingly beautiful” by Choir and Organ magazine. According to Tom Manoff of NPR’s All Things Considered, Whitbourn’s music “expands the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical styles.”

A pre-concert lecture about the creation of this stunning new work by James Whitbourn will start at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at For information on Cor Cantiamo’s season activities or how to support their efforts, visit their website at