PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Center for the Arts will present the NIU Steel Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.
Created in 1973 by G. Allan O'Connor, the Northern Illinois University Steel Band was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has since performed all around the world.
Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Ill., is one of the few institutions that allow students pursuing a degree in music to have the steel pan as their instrument of choice.
Performing in various locations such as Yankee Stadium, two tours of Taiwan and alongside the St. Louis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta, the NIU Steel Band has significantly broadened its repertoire.
And in 2000, the band placed second at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad.
Tickets for the event are $12 for general admission, $8 for children younger than 18 and senior citizens 62 and older, and $6 for UW-P students, with ID.
Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA. Tickets also are available online at tickets.uwplatt.edu.
This will be the final performance of the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series. The summer series, Heartland Festival, will begin June 6.
For more information, visit www.theheartlandfestival.com.