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Aurora University announces October Celebrating Arts and Ideas lineup

Posted by on October 2, 2013

The eighth season of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series continues with events that are free and open to the public. All events take place in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 407 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora, Ill.

Main Stage
John Pizzarelli Concert
Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
After his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, jazz artist John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” He has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing.

Campus Showcase
Third Thursday Concert
Faculty Recital: Cristian Pastorello, piano
Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Noon
Pastorello will give a recital of romantic masterpieces by Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann.

AU Film Series presents “No Impact Man”
Monday, October 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
The Manhattan-based Beavan family abandons their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and tries to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

AU Film Series presents “Phantom of the Opera” featuring photoplay organist Jay Warren on the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ
Monday, October 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves.

Howl-o-ween Concert featuring the Aurora University Music Department: “The Dead Walking”
Friday, October 25, 2013, at 11:00 p.m.
In this special concert, a small group of survivors band together to fight the zombie horde through musical selections, including Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Little Shop of Horrors.

An evening lecture featuring Brian Dettmer, Contemporary Artist

Monday, October 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Dettmer will share approximately 50 images in roughly 50 minutes as a way to introduce his work. The audience will witness the creative evolution of his art from paintings about books to books as sculptural material. Incorporated in his talk will be ideas surrounding the history and future of the book as it coexists with technology in the 21st century.

To register for these events, visit, email or call 630-844-4924. Reservations are not required for the Halloween Concert.


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