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Aurora University announces November and December Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Posted by on October 28, 2015

Aurora University continues its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series in November and December, featuring theatre, film, lecture, concert and art events. Press photos for events are available at For the complete 2015–2016 season schedule or to register for events, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.

Main Stage: Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano, and Craig Terry, piano
“As Long as There are Songs”

Monday, November 2, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium | 1347 Prairie St.
The vocal beauty and communicative powers of Stephanie Blythe and the sensitive and stylish piano playing of Craig Terry combine to express a nation’s hopes, dreams, loves and values in a presentation featuring the repertoire of the Great American Songbook.

Fall Play: “Machinal” by Sophie Treadwell

November 6–7 and 11–14, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Perry Theatre | 349 S. Gladstone Ave.
Considered the finest example of American Expressionism, this drama is a vivid, stylistic look at a woman pushed to the edge. Written as an examination of the struggles of women in the early 20th century, it still has biting commentary for today. What sacrifices must a woman make to be free from the expectations of her world?

Film: “Grapes of Wrath”
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium | 1347 Prairie St.
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. Discussion led by Julie Hipp, Associate Professor of English.

Faculty Speaker Series: Mark Soderstrom, Assistant Professor of History, presents “Putin and Putinism in Perspective”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Perry Theatre | 349 S. Gladstone Ave.
Explore what is happening in Putin’s Russia with a historian who has spent years living there.

Town Square Series presents “Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State”
Thursday, November 19, 2015 |
7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium | 1347 Prairie St.
Authors of “Fixing Illinois” share their four decades of expertise as Springfield veterans and government observers and their proposed solutions to the current fiscal situation in Illinois. This inaugural AU Town Square Series presentation will be sure to ignite discussion and action.

Music: Christmas Concert of the Aurora University Choirs
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium | 1347 Prairie St.
The Aurora University Chorale, Chamber Choir, Flute Ensemble, Men’s Quartet and invited guests perform music of the season complete with organ selections from artist-in-residence Dr. David Schrader.

Exhibit: Wendell Minor’s America
Now through Friday, December 11, 2015 | Schingoethe Center | 1315 Prairie St.

Award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by the richly illustrated magazines that were a part of American life during the mid-20th century. Minor’s traveling exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum highlights his 45-year career as an illustrator. He has been the exclusive designer of the book covers for David McCullough and Pat Conroy for the past four decades and has produced more than 2,000 other book covers and nearly 60 children’s books.

The 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series combines cultural enrichment, creative expression and community engagement for the betterment of the Fox River Valley. The program includes the Faculty Speaker Series, Town Square Series, films, art exhibitions, special presentations, theatre productions and concerts.


Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating approximately 5,200 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Learn more at

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