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Aurora University announces March and April Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Posted by on March 14, 2016

Aurora University continues its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series in March and April, featuring free music, film, lecture, theatre and art events open to the public. Press photos are available at To register for events, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.

Faculty Speaker Series: Chris Wells, Assistant Professor of Parks and Recreation Leadership, presents “Efforts to Better Understand the Impacts of Marine Debris”
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
Explore how plastics and other persistent human-made materials are accumulating at an alarming rate in oceans, lakes and rivers, affecting our health and safety.

Music: Recital featuring Wael Rafouk, Piano
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | Noon | Crimi Auditorium
Wael Farouk performs works by Romantic composers as part of a daylong celebration of piano at Aurora University.

Town Square Series: Immigration Reform in the Land of Opportunity”
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
As the presidential election intensifies, so too does the rhetoric over immigration reform. In recent years, many opinions have been voiced and solutions have been proposed. This event features the perspectives of thought leaders in the fields of education, public policy, health care and business.

Music: Recital featuring David Schrader, Organ
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
David Schrader returns to Aurora University for an exhilarating concert featuring the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ, Opus 119.

Film: “20 Feet From Stardom”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. An art exhibit and music performance will accompany the film.
Discussion led by Lisa Fredenburgh, Associate Professor of Music.

“Special Presentation: Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Director, National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
Gover will discuss the issues that Native American communities wrestle with every day and how museums, the National Museum of the American Indian in particular, rise to the occasion to challenge the public’s perception of Natives and overcome long-standing beliefs and stereotypes.

Spring Play: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
April 15–16 and 20–23, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Perry Theatre
April 16 and 23, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. | Perry Theatre
When six quirky, socially awkward adolescents compete for Putnam County’s highest honor, the real prize is learning that winning isn’t everything.

Music: AU Band and Flute Ensemble
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
Concertgoers will hear a wide variety of genres, including classical and folk arrangements as well as concert and pep band music.

Music: Spring Concert of the Aurora University Choirs with the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus
Friday, April 29, 2016 | Noon | Crimi Auditorium
The final concert of the season features choral music followed by Schubert’s monumental Mass No. 5 in Ab Major.

Exhibit: CAST OFF: Michael Dinges
Companion Exhibit: Arctic Stories in Ivory
Now–Friday, May 6, 2016
Schingoethe Center of Aurora University
In his scrimshaw and trench art series, Dinges addresses issues of globalization, consumerism and object permanence through the exploration of mankind’s relationship with the objects we create.

The 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, now in its 10th year, 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, lectures, 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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