North Star Music Festival Returns Oct. 27-28


This year’s North Star Music Festival will take place Oct. 27-28.

Organized by the Music Department and Truman’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, North Star is a festival of modern music. Rodolfo Nieto will be the featured guest artist, with Heather Gilligan as the featured guest composer. The program will also include performances by several Truman students and faculty, Uncommon Practice, and the premiere of a new piece written by Gilligan for the Truman Symphony Orchestra.

Nieto is a singer, actor, composer and lyricist residing in Minneapolis where he performs regularly in the Twin Cities in musical theater and opera. He has performed with Theater Latté Da, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Opera, Artistry, History Theatre, Lyric Arts and Mixed Blood Theatre, among others.

Gilligan is an American composer who strives to write music both edgy and lyrical. Her fresh, organic style is honest, direct, and compassionate while exploring the limits of emotion from humor to anguish. Her choral work, “I’ll See You in the Morning,” was premiered in 2014 at Carnegie Hall during the annual New York Choral Festival. She was featured in the Washington D.C. International Music Festival, which premiered her orchestral and wind symphony works at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2015 and 2016.

The full schedule of events for the North Star Music Festival is available at
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