Classical violinist, folk musician in DeKalb Nov. 2

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Community School of the Arts presents a family concert by Susan Reed, an acclaimed musician known for great songs and story-telling. The concert is at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 2, in the Recital Hall in the Music Building on the DeKalb campus of NIU. It is free and open to all, especially children and their parents.

Reed is a classical violinist, folk musician, singer and storyteller from the Boston area. She is a multi-instrumentalist who uses original songs and stories to work magic with families, on local and national stages. Her aim is to inspire a life-long love of music. Common to all of her performances is a trademark sense of humor and optimism, and her conviction that music has the power to broaden people’s understanding of the world around them.

Music and storytelling are my favorite way to encourage people to think about the world around them or the person sitting right next to them. That’s what I like to do,” Reed said.

She combines just the right song, story, and project to inspire kids to work together toward a deeper level of understanding.

Along with traditional narrations and live story notes for kids, Reed draws audiences into the rich world of classical and folk music, connecting audience to ensemble, and strengthening musical communities. She presents family music at its best, inspiring a new generation of classical musicians and listeners.

Reed has a number of recordings to her credit, including a recently released CD of songs and stories for families called Lion in the Sky. She is also the author of several children’s books, most recently Up, Up, Up!, which has won several awards. Before launching her solo career, she was director of Suzuki Studies at New England Conservatory of Music. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

More about the Reed concert can be found at or by calling (815) 753-1450.

Posted Oct. 31, 2012

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