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NIU Steelband to perform annual fall concert Nov. 11

The Northern Illinois University will perform Nov. 11 at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building.
The Northern Illinois University will perform Nov. 11 at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building.

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Steelband will present its fall 2018 concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building.

The event will be dedicated to the memories of steelband legends Ellie Mannette and Ken “Professor” Philmore, both of whom recently passed away.

The program also will feature the All-University Steelband and Community School for the Arts Steelband, as well the NIU Steelpan Studio.

The NIU Steelband will host Faye Seeman, professor of harp, as its guest artist.

Seeman is principal harpist of the renowned Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and adjunct professor of harp studies at Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University.

She has distinguished herself as one of the most versatile harpists in the Midwest, and, along with several colleagues from the Chicago jazz community, has established the “ZigZag” Jazz Harp Quartet (harp, piano, bass and drums).

Seeman and professor Liam Teague, head of steelband studies at NIU, have also formed the harp and steelpan duo Pangelic, a collaborative effort dedicated to breaking down musical boundaries.

Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for students and are available online or at the door.

The NIU Steelband is directed by Liam Teague and Yuko Asada.

Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, it was the first active steelband formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world.

NIU is one of the few institutions in the world where students may pursue music degrees (undergraduate and graduate) with the steelpan as their major instrument of choice.

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