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2021-2022 Performing Arts Series

Fall 2021 Performing Arts Series

Alloy Horn

St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
September 27, 2021 - 7:30pm
The Alloy Horn Quartet is composed of four professional French Horn players from Chicago. This program, while primarily classical in nature, is full of diverse music that showcases the versatility and beauty of the French Horn. Alloy will 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. You are sure to be engaged, entertained, and surprised to hear that the French Horn can do so many different things!
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

"N"

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

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Pianist, Matthew McCright

St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
November 3, 2021 - 7:30pm
Pianist Matthew McCright performs a program entitled "There and Back Again" at Lewis University. The program 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 and ragtime swirls through works by Ethan Iverson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Laura Caviani, and is flanked by the charming etudes of Adam Schoenberg and harrowing brilliance of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Piece #4.

Spring 2021 Performing Arts Series