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Aurora University announces January Celebrating Arts and Ideas lineup

Posted by on January 3, 2014

The eighth season of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series continues with January events that are free and open to the public. To register for these events, visit auartsandideas.com, email artsandideas@aurora.edu or call 630-844-4924.

Campus Showcase
Film: “America’s Music*: The Blues and Gospel Music”
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment at 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, Ill.
This film explores the birth of the blues from its African roots to its eventual prominence in places like Memphis, Chicago and New York. Post-show discussion led by Kidada Robinson, Black Student Initiatives and Academic Advisor. Entertainment provided by Hix Brothers Junior All-Star Blues Band.

Special Presentation: “King and Mandela: Legacy of Peace”
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Ill.
Aurora University honors the lives and work of two who gave their efforts to better the state of the world. This program will feature readings by Aurora University students and their reflections on the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, as well as musical performances by the Aurora University Chorale, Lisa Fredenburgh, conductor.

Film: “America’s Music*: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley”
Monday, January 27, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment at 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, Ill.
This film looks at the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life. Post-show discussion led by Donna Letzter, Adjunct Professor of English. Entertainment provided by AU music students.

Music: Schubertiade—Celebrating the Music of Franz Schubert
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Ill.
The Aurora University music faculty will present a traditional Schubertiade, a gathering of friends for a social evening of singing and playing, honoring the music of Franz Schubert on his 216th birthday. Schubertiades presented today are built on the model that Schubert himself used. AU music students also will perform.

* “America’s Music” is a six-part series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute® in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in consultation with the Society for American Music.

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