Campus community celebrates the arts

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AU Theatre presented the classic comedy "Tartuffe" in Perry Theatre earlier this month.

It’s been another stellar semester for the arts this year with students engaging in several on-campus music, theatre and visual arts experiences. The opportunities to participate in and attend events are part of the university’s efforts to promote student expression and broaden their creative ways of thinking.

The theatre program continues to build a reputation as a curriculum that is current and relevant as more students get involved. Students who major or minor in theatre become a part of a close-knit community dedicated to staging productions of professional quality.  The fall play, “Tartuffe,” was well-received by audiences, and auditions for the student-produced play, “The War at Home,” took place earlier this month. The play will be performed in Perry Theatre on February 15 and 16. Later in the spring, the historical drama “These Shining Lives” will be presented.

The music department continued its Third Thursday Concert series, bringing professional artists to campus to provide students with great role models in performance. The concerts, presented the third Thursday of every month, will continue in the spring. The music department is currently preparing for its annual Christmas Concert of the Aurora University Choirs, which will take place this Sunday, December 2, in Crimi Auditorium at 3:00 and 7:30  p.m. The concert will feature the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, AU Flute Ensemble and the Men’s Quartet. To reserve a place for this free performance, visit auartsandideas.com.

The music events complement the major in music, which was recently added at Aurora University. The major combines the study of music history, theory and performance. Additionally, music majors and non-music majors are taking instrument and voice lessons. “Last year was the first time I had ever taken piano lessons, and now I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing piano,”  said social work major Olivia Crump. “The instructors have contributed greatly to my progress by being both helpful and patient.”

The Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures and the Schingoethe Art Gallery also are bringing the arts to the AU. Five exhibits are hosted in the art gallery every year, including shows featuring the work of AU students and regional, national and international artists. “Unyielding Light,” showcasing the paintings and prints by Cuban-American artist, Emilio Sanchez, is currently on display in the Schingoethe Art Gallery in the lower level of Dunham Hall. “I always tell students that this is their museum and art gallery,” said Meg Bero, Director of  the Schingoethe Center. “They should always feel welcome!”

For more information about arts events on campus, visit auartsandideas.com. An overview of bachelor’s degree programs and undergraduate minors in art, music and theatre is available at aurora.edu/academics/programs-majors/undergraduate.