Celebrating Arts and Ideas

Connecting to the community. It’s what we do at Aurora University. Neighbors, faculty, staff and students join together every year for the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, creating a thriving environment for cultural enrichment in the Fox River Valley. We invite you to join us on this intellectual and artistic journey. Whether you come to the Aurora campus to broaden your knowledge or to engage in the value of creative expression, we hope your experience provides a sense of community and inspires you to discover what matters and build your life around it.


2014-2015 Events

 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Main Stage: Anna Deavere Smith
"Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change"
Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater,” Anna Deavere Smith explores issues of race, identity and community during a special one-person show. Smith has received praise for creating a new form of theater as well as for her portrayal of strong television characters, including Nancy McNally on “The West Wing” and Gloria Akalitus on “Nurse Jackie.”


Thursday,
September 18, 2014
Noon
Crimi Auditorium

Concert: Brian Lydeen, classical soprano saxophone
This performance features several selections including “Fantasie” by Denis Bedard, “Le Papillon” by Claude Bolling, “Winter’s Dream” by Paul Haley, and a set of three ballads. Two of the pieces will feature saxophone paired with organ.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Perry Theatre

Film: "A Better Life"
In this award-winning film, a gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had.

Discussion led by Eva Serrano, AU Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Brandon Kooi, AU Associate Professor of Criminal Justice



Thursday,
October 2, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre

Aurora University Faculty Speaker Series: Jeffrey Bulanda, Assistant Professor of Social Work
"Top Lessons Learned Living Abroad in Sierra Leone"

Jeffrey Bulanda documents his year as a Fulbright Scholar in Sierra Leone where he worked as a university professor, created a youth empowerment program and assisted an extraordinarily disadvantaged primary school.

Thursday,
October 9, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Film: "College" featuring Jay Warren on organ
This 1927 silent film, accompanied by Jay Warren on the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ, is about a bookish young man (Buster Keaton) going off to college to become an athlete to impress his girlfriend. 
Saturday,
October 11, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Main Stage: Gregg Edelman
"Broadway in Love" featuring the Don Cagen Orchestra

Celebrate favorite Broadway tunes and classic melodies from the Great American Songbook as four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman performs with the energetic Don Cagen Orchestra. A storyteller, Edelman will share his experiences from his rich history of working on Broadway in productions such as “City of Angels,” “Anna Karenina” and “1776.”


Tuesday,
October 14, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Mark Ponzo, trumpet and James Brown, organ
Mark Ponzo, AU Instructor of Trumpet, and James Brown, Chair of the Music Institute of Chicago Evanston campus, explore literature written or arranged for trumpet and organ.
Thursday,
November 6, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Cristian Pastorello, piano
Cristian Pastorello, Assistant Professor of Music, performs masterworks from the Classical, Romantic and Impressionist Eras. The program includes the Sonata in E major op. 109 by Beethoven, a highly introspective work charateristic of the composer's final output.
November 7-8 and 12-15, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Perry Theatre

Aurora University Fall Theatre Presentation: "Almost, Maine"
Playwright John Cariani examines the search for the warmth of human connection even on the coldest of nights.
Monday,
November 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Special Presentation: Robert Wittman, former FBI Art Sleuth
"Art Crime: Pursuing the Priceless"

Drama, suspense and intrigue…Founder of the FBI Art Crime Team pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career rescuing some of the world's greatest treasures, including works by Rembrandt and Renoir and an original copy of the Bill of Rights.
Sunday,
November 16, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Composer Gwyneth Walker featuring Aurora University and Guest Choirs
The Aurora University Chorale and Chamber Choir and the Waubonsee Community College and Rock Valley College choirs perform the works of AU Composer-in-Residence Gwyneth Walker. 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Perry Theatre


Film: "The Cove"
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan, to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Discussion led by Mark Zelman, AU Associate Professor of Biology


Sunday,
December 7, 2014
3:00 p.m. and
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Christmas Concert: Aurora University Choral and Flute Ensembles
Aurora University’s choral ensembles join forces with the Flute Ensemble and local musicians to perform music of the season.

Tuesday,
January 13, 2015
Noon
Crimi Auditorium

Concert: Mark Valenti, piano
Following performances in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg, pianist Valenti performs a special noon concert for the AU community.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Audit
orium

Special Presentation: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Aurora University honors the legacy of King in a special presentation featuring reflections and music.
Thursday, January 20, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre


Aurora University Faculty Speaker Series: Gerald Butters, Professor of History
"From 'Sweetback' to 'Super Fly': Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop"

Gerald Butters examines movie theaters in Chicago’s Loop during the early 1970s, including showings of black-themed and blaxploitation films.


Friday, January 23, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: "La France," and Aurora University Faculty Showcase
Aurora University faculty perform both chamber music and solo music from a wide variety of French composers.


Monday, January 26, 2014
Perry Theatre


Film: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
An introvert high school freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Discussion led by Deborah Brotcke, AU Professor of Education


Monday,
February 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Main Stage: Daniel Pink
"How Smart Organizations Are Rethinking Innovation"
Innovation is no longer anyone’s job. Today it’s everyone’s job. That’s why a top concern of organizations around the world is not just generating a few new ideas—but creating an entire culture of innovation. In this entertaining and provocative presentation, best-selling author Daniel Pink shows how to build that culture. He explains which environments promote innovation—and which suffocate it.


Friday,
February 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Audit
orium


Concert: Mark Plummer, baritone
Mark Plummer, AU Asociate Professor of Music, performs music by American composers, including works of Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Ned Rorem and Stephen Sondheim. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre


Film: "42"
This film chronicles the story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Discussion led by Jay Thomas, AU Associate Professor of Education

 
Tuesday,
March 10, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Main Stage: Susan Marie Frontczak
"A Visit with Marie Curie"

Susan Marie Frontczak brings literature to life in this drama exposing the struggles and triumphs of Madame Marie Curie. The story is one of political oppression and scientific emergence and fame as well as tragedy that forced her into single motherhood and further world prominence. Curie's life challenges assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre

Aurora University Faculty Speaker Series: Sharon Miller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Chetna Patel, Professor of Chemistry; and Regina Rahn, Associate Professor of Mathematics
"Why Should STEM Matter to You?"
Learn how national and local representatives are striving to strengthen STEM education, through efforts such as the John C. Dunham STEM School at AU, to prepare students for a competitive global workforce.

Thursday,
March 19, 2015
Noon
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Opera Workshop Production
It’s an afternoon of intrigue, danger, and romance as voice students perform in a variety of opera scenes, showcasing some of the repertoire’s greatest works.
 
 
Tuesday,
March 19, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Cr
imi Auditorium


Concert: Opera Workshop Production
It’s a night of intrigue, danger, and romance as voice students perform in a variety of opera scenes, showcasing some of the repertoire’s greatest works.
Tuesday,
March 24, 2015
Noon
Cr
imi Auditorium


Concert: Josh Baum, tenor and Ric Larsen, guitar
Josh Baum, AU Assistant Professor of Music, and Ric Larsen, AU Instructor of Classical Guitar perform selections from both the classical and popular music genres in a concert that is sure to thrill.
Wednesday,
April 1, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium
Main Stage: Music of the Baroque
"Imogen Cooper Plays Beethoven"

Back by popular demand, Music of the Baroque, under the direction of acclaimed conductor Jane Glover, joins renowned pianist Imogen Cooper for a beautifully crafted Classical-era program. Cooper is recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, and has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. Glover and Cooper have been deemed “a heavenly match” by the Chicago Tribune.”



April 17-18 and 22-25, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Perry Theatre

Aurora University Spring Theatre Presentation: "Dancing at Lughnasa"
This magical and moving memory story is filled with dark humor and tenderness. Winner of both the Tony and Oliver awards, it is a vital, life-affirming play about ambition, happiness and love.
Friday,
April 2
4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Spring Concert: Mozart's Requiem, Aurora University Choirs and the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus
This concert features selections performed during the annual Aurora University Chorale and Chamber Choir tour as well as a musical collaboration with the Fox Valley Orchestra presenting the monumental Requiem of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.



 
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