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Seven Ages of Man — An Avalon String Quartet Commission

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts begin seven ages.”

Thus begins one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches, spoken by the misanthropic Jacques in the comic masterpiece, As You Like It. It is also the basis for a new string quartet, composed by NIU School of Music Professor David Maki and performed by the Avalon String Quartet.

This piece, specially commissioned by the College of Visual and Performing Arts in honor of NIU’s 125th anniversary, will have several parts, each introduced with the accompanying text performed by actress Mary Nighosian and actor (and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts) Paul Kassel.

Tickets range from $3-$5 and are free for NIU students.


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DeKalb, IL 60115 United States
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