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DeKalb Library to host NIU Steelband concert

The 2018 NIU Steelband poses for a photo on campus. The band will perform at the DeKalb Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The 2018 NIU Steelband poses for a photo on campus. The band will perform at the DeKalb Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Steelband, directed by Liam Teague, will perform its fourth annual concert at the DeKalb Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Cliff Alexis, co-founder of NIU’s steelpan program, who died earlier this year.

Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, the NIU Steelband was the first active steel band 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 at which students can pursue music degrees (undergraduate and graduate) with the steelpan as the major instrument of choice.

Over the years, the band has broadened the repertoire and performance for the steelpan; highlights include a performance for 18,000 soccer fans in Yankee Stadium, two successful tours of Taiwan in 1992 and 1998, concerts with symphony orchestras (including the St. Louis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta), and performances at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 2000, the NIU Steelband had the distinction of placing second in the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad, and in 2002 performed several concerts (including the opening) at the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea.

NIU Steelband is a 35-member group and mainly comprises steelpan and percussion majors. The band performs regularly at public schools, colleges and universities, as well as conventions and arts series. The band has four recordings to its credit; including the most recent, “Dangerous,” featuring an eclectic blend of styles.

This performance will be held after library hours in the main lobby of the library at 309 Oak St. It is family friendly and requires no registration. There will light drinks and refreshments.

This concert is supported in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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