Spring 2021 Performing Arts Series

Maybe in Person, but Definitely Streaming Throughout the Universe this Spring!


Philip Lynch Theatre
February 25, 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.

"N" is made possible by generous support from the Illinois Arts Council

Pianist, Matthew McCright

St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
April 20, 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.

Zodiac Trio

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

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Hailed as "uncompromising musicianship... breathtaking precision and dimension...Nuances of phrasing that place the Trio among the world's finest chamber ensemble" (San Angelo Standard Times) the Zodiac Trio closes out the 2019-2020 Arts&Ideas Performing Arts Series with an eclectic concert that will include a little something for everyone. One of today's premiere clarinet-violin-piano ensembles, the Zodiac Trio is known for presenting masterpieces for their unconventional instrumentation alongside hidden gems, arrangements, and the occasional duo/solo in a concert experience marked with a special gusto, virtuosity and energy.

Spring 2021 Performing Arts Series (PAS) events will be live-streamed!

Please join us by clicking the streaming links at the time of the concert or play. As though you were attending a live concert or play, please arrive approximately 5 minutes prior to the start of the event. Say "hello" in the comments!

Important:PAS events will not be recorded or archived. Once the event is over, it will not be rebroadcast.