A (musical) note about the arts on campus

Music events are held every year at Aurora University, including performances by the AU Choirs, and AU faculty and guest artists as part of the Third Thursday Concert series.

As a professor of music, I marvel so often at how the arts make our interior emotional lives come face to face with the intellect of our world and its varied cultures. When we are in the presence of the arts, we get the incredible opportunity to walk in the emotional footsteps of other people.

In our increasingly digital world, live performance is a real treat. It is becoming as unique as it was in the era before recording and digital reproduction existed. Live performance is unparalleled in its ability to connect viscerally with the audience. It is simply a different medium than recorded performances. Seeing the actual brushstrokes of the artist is more personal and intimate than viewing a digital version of the work online.

For these reasons and more, Aurora University offers so much. The music department has taken up the mission of serving the community as well as the student body to create a true community of scholars. There are performances each month in the form of the Third Thursday Concert series where we showcase AU faculty musicians and special guests. We are now in our third year of that series and so proud to be able to enrich the lives of both students and community members.

Our aim is that you could come to any Third Thursday Concert and expect to hear something interesting, excellent and intimate. The Aurora University Choirs also present several concerts per year, and each explores a different aspect of vocal music from holiday celebrations to the secular world of opera, small choral gems to large forces, alone and in combination with other artists.

Join us for our first Third Thursday Concert of the year on September 19, at 7:30 in Crimi Auditorium. Soprano Stella Dayrit Roden, a vocal artist of classical and contemporary music, will perform art songs and arias by composers Korngold, Massenet, Donaudy, Puccini, Haydn and Hoiby. We hope to see you there and at our other music events throughout the year.