The 80 musicians arranged in a U formation on the south lawn of the stunning new glass-encased Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts exceeded expectations last weekend with their haunting performance of “Sila: the Breath of the World.”

As part of the center’s dedication, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music musicians were engaged in the Midwest premiere of the full orchestral version of the latest outdoor work of John Luther Adams, winner of the University’s 2010 Nemmers Prize in Music and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Read the full article and see a video from Northwestern News

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