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Published: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Northern Illinois University’s School of Music will host a concert featuring guest artists Anthony Stoops (double bass), Ching-chu Hu (piano and composer), and School of Music faculty member David Maki (piano and composer). The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Recital Hall of the Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb.

The program will include new and recent works by Hu, Maki and John Allemeier. Three works received their world premieres during the Austin Bass Fest at the University of Texas in September. All of the pieces will be recorded this winter at NIU for commercial release in the spring of 2013.

Anthony Stoops has established an international reputation as a leading pedagogue and versatile performer on the Double Bass. Currently a teacher of double bass at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, his current and former students have won prizes in important competitions, and have been placed at both the undergraduate and graduate level at several leading schools of music throughout the country.

A prize-winner in numerous competitions such as the International Society of Bassists International Competition, American String Teachers Association and the Karr Foundation, he is in demand as a clinician and recitalist and has presented recitals and master classes throughout the world at venues such as the Paris Conservatory, the University of Wroclaw, Poland, the University of Michigan, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, among many others.

Currently serving as co-principal bass of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Stoops has performed as a member of more than a dozen other orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (OH) and Toledo Symphony orchestras, as well as the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and many others. In his orchestral experience, he has had the opportunity to perform under many of the world’s great conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Neeme Järvi, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Charles Dutoit.

Stoops attended Northwestern University, the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment at the University of Oklahoma, he taught at Bowling Green State University, the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts and the Preucil School of Music.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the building is accessible to all.

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