There are 2 Steelpan recitals at NIU this week.
Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am is Scott McConnel’s Graduate Steelpan Recital. It will feature works by Andy Narell, Andy Akiho and J.S. Bach.
TONIGHT at 6:30 is Liam Teague’s Faculty Steelpan Recital.
This will feature all new music for the steelpan commissioned by (or for) Prof. Teague. The oldest work on the recital is a chamber work for steelpan and string quartet by Deborah Teason. Three pieces of great variety by marimba virtuoso and composer Kevin Bobo will be performed. One is a multi-movement unaccompanied steelpan work, and two are composed for the marimba/steelpan pairing. NIU graduate Ben Wahlund’s work for steelpan and piano entitled “Grotesque” is seeing its North American premier, less then 4 months since its world premier in Trinidad back in January.
I don’t want to give too much away, this recital will see incredible virtuosity and new uses of the steelpan instrument. If you can’t make it in person you can watch on NIU’s School of Music Webcast.