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Celebrate Arts and Ideas with the AU community

Posted by on August 27, 2014

With the arrival of fall semester, the excitement is building for another year of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series at Aurora University. More than 25 free events will be presented on the Aurora campus during 2014–2015, featuring well-known actors, accomplished musicians and expert guests and faculty speaking on a variety of topics.

“This year we planned events to complement the historic happenings at Aurora University and  the current experiences of our students and faculty,” said Sarah Russe, Vice President for Community Relations. “We are hosting educational presentations to reflect the addition of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on campus. Professional artists will inspire students involved in our growing music, theatre and art programs. And, a new speaker series will feature faculty sharing stories about their research and areas of expertise.”

This is the ninth season of the series, following a year that brought more than 8,000 people to campus for various events. The programming helps enhance the overall AU experience, inviting members and friends of the Aurora University community to “discover what matters and build your life around it.”

The following Main Stage events take place at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. To register or to view the complete season schedule, visit

Smith2Anna Deavere Smith
“Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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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“Broadway in Love” featuring the Don Cagen Orchestra
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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.”

pinkDaniel Pink
“How Smart Organizations are Rethinking Innovation”
Monday, February 2, 2015
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.

A051_C059_0730M0Susan Marie Frontczak
“A Visit with Marie Curie”
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.


CooperMusic of the Baroque
“Imogen Cooper Plays Beethoven”
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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.

In addition to the Main Stage programs, five films will be shown throughout the year. The series will also include four faculty and guest presentations as well as a dozen concerts performed by professional and AU artists. Each semester will also feature an AU Theatre production.