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.


Fall 2014 Events

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

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.”

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Thursday,
September 18, 2014
Noon
Crimi Auditorium

 Brian Lydeen, classical soprano saxophone
 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Perry Theatre

 Film: "A Better Life"
Thursday,
October 2, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre

Faculty Speaker Series: Jeffrey Bulanda
"Top Lessons Learned Living Abroad in Sierra Leone"

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


Film: "College," featuring Jay Warren on organ
Saturday,
October 11, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Gregg Edelman
"Broadway in Love" featuring the Don Cagen Orchestra

Celebrate favorite Broadway tunes and classic melodies from the Great American Soundbook 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.”

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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


Concert: Mark Ponzo, trumpet and James Brown, organ
Thursday,
November 6, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Cristian Pastorello, piano
 November 7-8 and 12-15, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Perry Theatre

 Fall Play: "Almost, Maine"
Monday,
November 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


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

Sunday,
November 16, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Concert: Composer Gwyneth Walker featuring Aurora University and Guest Choirs
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Perry Theatre


 Film: "The Cove"
Thursday,
December 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


 Concert: Aurora University Flute Ensemble
Sunday,
December 7, 2014
3:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium


Christmas Concert: Aurora University Choral and Flute Ensembles
Monday,
February 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

 Daniel Pink
"How Smart Organizations Are Rethinking Innovation"
Daniel Pink is one of the world’s leading business minds. His forward-thinking ideas and blockbuster books are reshaping how organizations approach innovation, motivation and talent. In 2013, Thinkers50 named him one of the Top 15 business thinkers in the world.

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


Susan Marie Frontczak
"A Visit with Marie Curie"

For more than 20 years, Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature to life through her living history presentations. She also creates her own stories and weaves her personal experiences into tales worth telling again and again.

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Wednesday,
April 1, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium
Music of the Baroque
"Imogen Cooper Plays Beethoven"

Renowned British pianist Imogen Cooper joins Jane Glover and the orchestra for a Classical-era program. Discover why the Chicago Sun-Times calls Glover and Cooper “a heavenly match.”


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Arts and Ideas
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