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New Music Festival features contemporary classical compositions

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March 9, 2011—North Central College will celebrate contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12.

The two-day festival will feature performances by contemporary music group Dal Niente and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. As part of the festival, acclaimed Russian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a member of the Silk Road Project and composer-in-residence at North Central College, will coach members of various area high school ensembles.

Dal Niente performs 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, and Brooklyn Rider performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Both performances are in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults, $10 students and senior citizens for each performance or $25/adults, $15/students and senior citizens for both performances; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

On the opening night of the festivities, contemporary ensemble Dal Niente will perform an eclectic program of American, European and South American composers. Chicago-based Dal Niente performs a broad range of 20th and 21st century music, including works by Mark André, Luciano Berio, Lee Hyla and Steve Reich.

Brooklyn Rider is a genre-defying string quartet that has attracted legions of fans and critical acclaim from classical and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st century ensemble.” Brooklyn Rider frequently performs in concert halls and clubs, in venues as diverse as Joe’s Pub in New York City, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, Todai-ji Temple in Japan, the Library of Congress and the South By Southwest Festival.

Brooklyn Rider has collaborated with composers such as Philip Glass and has played an important role in the development of the Silk Road Project founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

“The inaugural New Music Festival at North Central College will be a very exciting experience for music lovers of all kinds,” says Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music. “Brooklyn Rider and Dal Niente are perfect examples of the passion and astonishing virtuosity of today’s global classical music scene.”

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307