Fall 2019 Performing Arts Series

Northshore Concert Band

September 26, 2019 – 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall

Celebrating their 64th season, the Northshore Concert Band (NCB) will perform a diverse collection of wind ensemble music at Lewis University. Comprised of over 100 outstanding musicians, NCB performs throughout Chicagoland regularly. Under the musical leadership of Dr. Mallory Thompson, NCB is internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education. NCB was the first group to receive the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll and many appearances at band festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe.

"Letters Home"

October 15, 2019 – 7:30pm
Philip Lynch Theatre

The Griffin Theatre brings the critically-acclaimed play, "Letters Home" to Lewis University. Nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for "Outstanding New Play," this work puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. One theme seems to unite their diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. Without politicizing, this play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience, and reveals the humanity that lies within an ongoing war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.

Character Fleadh

November 7, 2019 – 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall

Join us for an evening of traditional Irish and Scottish music presented by this very popular Chicago-based band. Their acoustic recordings receive airplay on WHPK, WDCB, and WEFT and they have been seen throughout the Chicagoland area at many festivals and events including the Gaelic Park Irish Fest in Oak forest and the Skokie Festival of Cultures. Character Fleadh's music mixes traditional Irish and Scottish instrumentals (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) and songs with nuanced arrangements that reflect bandleader Ethan Sellers' interest in classical counterpoint, original compositions, and a rock and world music-influenced rhythm section. Come join these amazing folk musicians as they perform works such as Lannigan's Ball, Give Me Your Hand, and The Wild Rover.