Fall 2021 Performing Arts Series

Alloy Horn

St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
September 27, 2021 - 7:30pm

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The Alloy Horn Quartet is composed of four professional French Horn players from Chicago. Our program, while primarily classical in nature, is full of diverse music that showcases the versatility and beauty of our instrument. We talk about the French Horn (Is it really French? Why do we hold it so strangely? Is it really the hardest instrument?), about the music, and about the composers between pieces of classical, light jazz, and old favorites. Our audiences are engaged and entertained, and always surprised to hear that the French Horn can do so many different things!


Philip Lynch Theatre
October 12, 2021 - 7:30pm

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"N proves that the need for human relationship goes beyond our social contrivances and comes from a deeper well that we have no control over." Theater World -Ruth Smerling

Renowned Chicago playwright, David Alex's gripping play "N" comes to Lewis University! Mrs. Page is an African-American widow; a passionate social political conservative who campaigned for Barry Goldwater. Eddy, a liberal young white struggling actor, is her caregiver. During the rehearsal process the playwright adds the N-Word to the script. Eddy is repulsed by the word. "It makes my skin crawl." Mrs. Page and Eddy learn something from each other and as well as about themselves while Eddy struggles to decide if he can perform the play and remain the person he hopes to be.

"N" was a semi-finalist in the National Arts Club Playwrights First Competition.

Arts&Ideas Lewis acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. "N" is made possible by their generosity

Pianist, Matthew McCright

St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
November 3, 2021 - 7:30pm

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Matthew McCright's performs a piano concert, "Forward Looking Back," at Lewis University. Recently performed by McCright at Carnegie Hall, the titular work by Dorothy Hindman serves as the anchor point to this program that explores the cycles of time —both of the future and our collective pasts. Andrea Mazzariello's As Far As You Can Stretch a Web visits his remembered past in relation to the piano while Mike McFerron loops us through the infinite series in ...apprehension of the eternal will. The pianist's own past and current love of jazz swirls through works by Terry Riley and Laura Caviani, flanked by the persistence of Rob Voisey's work and the 25th Anniversary of Paul Dresher's masterpiece Blue Diamonds.

Fall 2021 Performing Arts Series (PAS) events will be LIVE!

Students: Attending Online Events | Checking in/out

  1. Click the link on the Arts & Ideas calendar a few minutes before the event is scheduled to start. Most events will be hosted through either Zoom, WebEx, or Collaborate.
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