Eric Johnson

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A piece by acclaimed American composer Libby Larsen will be given its world premiere this weekend at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The work is inspired by the true stories of migrants.

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Eric Johnson said there’s something about the music of Timothy Takach -- something deep, and for him, appealing.

“For lack of a better word, there’s a soul in the music,” Johnson said, “There’s a great care taken to understanding the poetry or the lyrics, the text as its own entity and allowing that to inform and grow into whatever the music becomes.”

Cor Cantiamo

Cor Cantiamo, NIU’s professional choir in residence, presents the world premiere Thursday night of a chamber version of “The Seven Heavens” by Grammy-nominated British composer James Whitbourn.

It depicts the life of author, scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis in a journey through the planets as they were conceived of in the Middle Ages. Getting the work to the stage was a journey in itself.

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A professional choir based at Northern Illinois University gives a concert Sunday, Oct. 18.  The ensemble gives both its director and its members a chance to go beyond the typical college or church choir experience.