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Aurora University announces March Celebrating Arts and Ideas lineup

Posted by on March 6, 2014

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

America’s Music* Film Session: “Rock” with OMG
Monday, March 10, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration | 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, IL

The AU Faculty and Staff Rock Band will be performing prior to the showing of “Plugged In,” an episode from the documentary series “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Hear the sounds of the Old Man Group (OMG) with Andrew Manion on piano and vocals; Mark Plummer on bass and vocals; Terry Shapiro on guitar and vocals; Don Phelps on guitar and vocals; Tony Kubicek on guitar and vocals; and Ted Parge on drums. The film centers on the 1960s and the rise of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beach Boys. A post-show discussion also will be led by Andrew Manion, Executive Vice President.

Third Thursday Concert featuring Chanson du Chat, gypsy jazz
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration | 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, IL

Chanson du Chat is a gypsy jazz style ensemble led by guitarist John Papadolias. Steeped in 1930s style of gypsy swing paying homage to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Chanson du Chat plays lively and energetic music that turns heads. The ensemble performs standards of the gypsy swing era, the Edith Piaf songbook as well as original compositions.

America’s Music* Film Session: “Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop”
Monday, March 24, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration | 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, IL

Learn how mambo—the Cuban hybrid of traditional dance fused with syncopated Afro-Caribbean rhythms—migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules. Post-show discussion led by Lisa Fredenburgh, Associate Professor of Music. Entertainment by Alpha Phi Alpha.

Music of the Baroque presents Haydn’s The Creation
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration | 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, IL

Music of the Baroque will perform Haydn’s The Creation, in which the creation of the universe unfolds in vivid musical pictures—from darkness and chaos, to the emergence of light, to the presence of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jane Glover conducts the orchestra, chorus and soloists. Elizabeth Futral, Nicholas Phan and Christòpheren Nomura will perform in this timeless work.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
April 4–5 and 9–12, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Post-show Discussions on April 5 and 12
Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment | 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, IL

This comedy fantasy is considered one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The AU production will add modern twists to the classic tale of love, lust and misunderstandings.

Contains adult themes.

* “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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