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AU announces exciting 2013-2014 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series

Posted by on August 29, 2013


An eclectic offering of speakers and performers will be featured during the 2013–2014 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series at Aurora University. In its eighth season, the Arts and Ideas Main Stage program will explore politics, science and different music genres. The Campus Showcase series will feature films and theatre events, as well as additional music and lecture presentations. Once again, the public is invited to attend events free of charge.

“This year’s lineup is one of entertainment and discovery,” said Sarah Russe, Vice President of Community Relations. “From a discussion about the mysteries of the universe to an evening of opera, the series will challenge audience members to explore new perspectives and further support their appreciation of the arts.”

The Celebrating Arts and Ideas series joins together members of the campus and the community in a shared commitment to helping one another discover what truly matters and building their lives accordingly. The offering of unique cultural experiences, free of charge to the greater university community, remains an ongoing priority at AU.

The following events take place in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 407 S. Calumet Ave.

Jon Meacham
Tuesday, September 24, 2013; 7:30 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at Time, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. Meacham singles out the key skills of some of America’s most influential presidents and shows how they can benefit today’s leaders.

John Pizzarelli

Saturday, October 5, 2013; 7:30 p.m.
Using performers like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, and composers from George Gershwin to James Taylor as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond.

Michelle Areyzaga

Saturday, November 2, 2013; 7:30 p.m.
A diverse and coveted soprano, Michelle Areyzaga is much in demand among highly regarded companies in the United States and Europe. She has sung most recently with the New York City Opera in her debut (Orpheus-Telemann) and has appeared with Chicago Opera Theater.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, which features his thoughts on space exploration. His presentations bring the science of the universe down to Earth and make astrophysics interesting for all.

Music of the Baroque, Classical Ensemble
Wednesday, April 2, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
One of Chicagoland’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque focuses on 18th-century works for chorus and orchestra. Sixty of the Chicago area’s finest professional musicians comprise the chorus and orchestra. At this event, the ensemble will perform Haydn’s The Creation.

Campus Showcase
Nine films, including selections from the National Endowment for the Humanities that feature the history of popular music, will be shown on campus this year. The Aurora University Choirs again will perform Christmas and spring concerts, and the Third Thursday Concerts will continue with guest and faculty recitals. Theatre presentations include Trojan Women and The Mikado. A complete schedule, including a downloadable calendar, is available at

Reservations are required for all Arts and Ideas events. To register, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.