Concerts, plays and a Tudor-style house tour Saturday


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The Ellwood Mansion on a sunny March day. The estate is home to guided tours, including an upcoming tour Saturday.

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

Escape the chilly weather and watch some performances or take a tour of an 1898 mansion.


Jean-Marc Fessard Guest Clarinet Recital

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at NIU’s music building, Jean-Marc Fessard, Armand Fessard and Minjung Kim will perform Belgian and French works on the clarinet and piano. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information about the recital contact Tina Zemzemi at [email protected].

Ellcourt Tour

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. take a guided tour of the Ellwood family’s 1898 home, located at 420 Linden Place, DeKalb. The old family mansion’s Tudor-style architecture will be explored as well as the Ellwood’s lifestyle at the turn of the 20th century. After the one-hour tour, two floors of exhibits will be open to freely wander through. Tickets for the Ellcourt Tour can be bought here. Museum members will get a discount and must contact Audrey King at [email protected] for the discount code.

‘in a word’ play

The final showing for “in a word” will be at 2 p.m. at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre in NIU’s Stevens building. The play, written by Lauren Yee, follows a married couple as they struggle through their memories and try to remember what actually happened the day their son disappeared. “in a word” doesn’t fit inside a specific genre but rather blends comedy and tragedy. Tickets for this showing can be bought at NIU’s website. NIU students get in for free but must still register for a ticket.

NIU Southeast Asian Studies Conference

Starting at 1 p.m. in Stevens building Room 170B, hear speaker Christina Sundari, an associate professor in the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington. At 5 p.m. in the Cole Hall Pick Museum, there will be a musical performance by the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial as well as the Cambodian Association of Illinois. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Rachel Skog at [email protected].