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NEA grant brings guest artists to DeKalb

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

For the third consecutive year, the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The money will bring guest artists to DeKalb during the school year to perform for the public and to provide instruction and enrichment to the public and to students enrolled in the community school. Most of the concerts are free and open to the public.

Mime performance on Nov. 1: Mimes Eliot Monaco and Amanda Brown, directors of The Mime Company of Chicago, will perform a free family show in the Music Building at NIU.

Violin, guitar, cello and mime performance on Nov. 2: Clinicians teaching at the Suzuki Workshop at NIU will perform at 1 p.m. in the NIU Music Building. The clinicians are violinists Mark Mutter and Nicolette Solomon, guitarist Julia Miller and cellist Sally Gross, all Suzuki teachers, as well as mimes Eliot Monaco and Amanda Brown. Free performance.

Jazz clarinet performance on Feb. 1: Legendary jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen will perform with NIU jazz faculty Rodrigo Villanueva, Kelly Sill and Willie Pickens at 1 p.m. during the annual clarinet festival, Clarinet Cornucopia. Cohen also will conduct two master classes for beginning and advanced jazz musicians during the afternoon. There is a fee to attend the concert and master classes. More information about Anat Cohen is available at www.anatcohen.com.

Community sing on April 5: Choir director and composer Nick Page will lead a public singing event in the NIU Music Building. Area and school choirs, as well as children and adults who enjoy singing, are invited to attend. The event is free. More information about Nick Page is available at www.nickmusic.com.

The NIU Community School of the Arts was invited to apply for the grant, which was awarded through the NEA’s Arts Education in American Communities program. The aim of the program is to extend and expand arts education throughout the United States.

For more information. visit www.csa.niu.edu or call 815-753-1450.

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