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Chamber musicians to visit NIU tonight

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A group of chamber musicians led by one of the world’s foremost violinists will perform a special Guest Artist recital in the Recital Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building at 8 p.m. today. Admission is free.

The Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, has been a breeding ground for internationally acclaimed chamber music artists. A touring ensemble from this program, led by the institute’s program director Miriam Fried, will make NIU the first stop on its 2013 tour with a program featuring music of Beethoven, Puccini, Faure and Earl Kim.

Miriam Fried, born in Romania and raised in Israel, came to prominence after winning top prizes in the Paganini and Queen Elizabeth violin competitions. She has performed as concerto soloist with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including numerous appearances with the Chicago Symphony, and is well known to chamber music audiences as the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Fried’s collaborator’s for tonight’s performance are young performers from around the world. Alumni of the Steans Music Institute perform internationally with leading orchestras, chamber music ensembles and opera companies. The four members of the Avalon String Quartet, NIU’s quartet-in-residence, are all alumni of the program and invited the touring ensemble for its third visit to campus.

For more information, contact Tony Devroye of the Avalon String Quartet at or 815-753-7141.

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