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When you think of college football, inevitably you picture a crisp fall day full of changing leaves and bright sunshine, tailgating fans and players running onto the field with glistening helmets. But it’s not just what you picture, it’s what you hear. College football, more than any other sport, means the distinctive sounds of marching...
NIU School of Music Professor and Director of Percussion Studies Greg Beyer and retired School of Music faculty member Robert Fleisher are featured on “Long Roll: A Tribute to Composer-Percussionist Michael Manion” by Albany Records. The release features a solo malletKAT composition of Fleisher’s written specifically for Manion. The project is a collaboration between the NIU and...
NIU and DeKalb were the home to one of the most influential artists of her time, and an exhibit in the Founders Memorial Library explores the music collection and impact of cellist Raya Garbousova. The exhibit, which runs through July 31, and will be available to be viewed upon request after it’s run is complete,...
The exhibition “Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography” opens this week at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and it features two works from NIU School of Art and Design Instructor of Photography Jessica Labatte. The exhibition is a survey of the work of Josephson, a Chicago-based photographer who taught at the School of the Art Institute...
A distinctive part of the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the steel drum on the music that played during the movie’s scenes on the planet of Canto Bight. That influence, it turns out, can be traced back directly to NIU’s Liam Teague, professor of Music and head of Steelpan Studies. Legendary composer John Williams,...
Students from the NIU Dance program performed at the Central Conference of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18. Their performance was of such high quality that they earned the top honor at the conference, and with it, an invitation to perform at the National College...
WNIJ 89.5 FM and NIU STEAM are partnering to create “The Sound of Science,” a weekly series explaining important science, technology, engineering and math concepts using sound. The feature will air on WNIJ at 1 p.m. on Fridays, as a lead-in to Science Friday. The first “Sound of Science” episode will air on Friday, April...
“It’s not about your art, or how you’re going to make your art,” said NIU Professor of Dance Paula Frasz. “It’s about making a living making your art and being an artist.” Twenty-five years ago, when Frasz first joined the faculty at NIU, she conceived of a course that would go beyond the physical aspects to...
More than 30 years after he graduated with a Master of Performance degree from the NIU School of Music, Jim Roberts was back on campus for a visit, interacting with NIU students and faculty, and reflecting on how his time here guided his career. Roberts is an accomplished percussionist, producer, artist and educator who has...
The NIU Art Museum opens the biennial School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 16, with a public reception from 5 – 7 p.m. Presented every two years, this invitational show features recent artwork and scholarship by current faculty and teaching staff from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and...
Arcomusical, a sextet of Afro-Brazilian berimbau musical bows, directed by NIU Professor and Head of Percussion Studies Gregory Beyer, is on the ballot for consideration for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the category of Best World Music Album. Arcomusical’s album, “MeiaMeia” represents three years of continuous development of their original compositions for this unique ensemble. MeiaMeia is...
The NIU Art Museum will proudly host visiting artist Terrence A. Reese (“Tar”) during a public reception starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, as he discusses his body of artwork and his current exhibition Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans on view at the Art Museum. Chicago-born Reese has always had an eye for...
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