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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance opens its production of British playwright Peter Barnes’ ‘Red Noses’ Thursday night , March 26, at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb.  The play, set at a time the Black Death was killing millions of people in medieval Europe, is a comedy. 

Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

Mar 22, 2015

Can robots think and feel? Could there be a day when computers control our lives?

Watch the Spike Jonze movie Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and you get the sense days like these might be just around the corner.

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For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pseudonym: Harry Brandt. (In retrospect he decided that was a bad idea: "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he told Fresh Air, but by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.)

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Next week, cellist, singer, composer, improviser and Beloit College alumna Helen Gillet comes to the college for a solo concert.  Downbeat Magazine recently named her a “rising star."

Arvo Pärt was saved by the bell. The Estonian composer, who turns 80 in September, hit a creative roadblock in 1968. After a hiatus of eight years he returned with a new sound inspired by the simple triad (a stack of three notes, an essential building block of Western music) and by bells. He called his new style tintinnabuli (from the Latin for bells).

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn't register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

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