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Northeastern Illinois University

Dear Community, On behalf of Northeastern Illinois University, I invite you to enjoy our 2017-18 season of performance, film and art gallery events. The season includes the Jewel Box Series, Stage Center Theatre, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Department of Music events, Ensemble EspaĂąol, Ruth Page Dance Series and our partnership with the Chicago Film Society to make rare and classic films available to local audiences in their original forms of 35mm and 16mm motion picture film. We are fortunate to be able to offer such varied programming to our students and our surrounding community. Our performance spaces offer uniquely intimate access to international and local artists and their respective works. We strive to provide outstanding cultural experiences all year long, and hope you will take part. I look forward to seeing you on campus. Sincerely,

Richard J. Helldobler Interim President Provost

Paul Taylor 2 Dancers photo by Tom Caravaglia Cover photo by Sarah Fabian Photos by Joe Davis appear on pages 9,10,13,15 and back cover

2. . . . Jewel Box Series

6. . . . Stage Center Theatre

9. . . . Celebrate 150 Years

10. . . . CAPE

11. . . . Film Series

12. . . . Department of Music

16. . . . Dance at NEIU

18. . . . Ensemble EspaĂąol

20. . . . Fine Arts Center Gallery




Rhythm Future Quartet photo by Katie Kaden

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Produced by the Office of Cultural of professional concerts featuring

TICKET Information

Now in its 18th season, the Jewel Box Series is


recognized for quality, diversity, innovation and

General: $170 Seniors 64+ and NEIU Faculty/Staff: $120

Events, the Jewel Box Series is a series national, international and local artists.

collaboration among the University and community.

4-CONCERT SUBSCRIPTION General: $90 Seniors 64+ and NEIU Faculty/Staff: $63

SINGLE TICKETS General: $25 Seniors 64+ and NEIU Faculty/Staff: $17.50 Students with ID: $10 The Jewel Box Series is appropriate for children age 7 and older. For detailed program information, please call (773) 442-4978 or email Call the NEIU Information Center at (773) 442-INFO (4636) for all subscriptions and senior and student discounts. 3

JOIN US! Fridays at 7:30 pm

(773) 442- 4978 4

Nuala Kennedy Band photo by Charlie Chipman

Subscriptions & Single Tickets Available

2017-2018 Jewel Box Concert Series

September 29

October 20

November 17

January 19

Rhythm Future Quartet

Paul Taylor 2

Demarre McGill

Chiara String Quartet

Gypsy Jazz, Americana Recital Hall

Modern Dance Auditorium

Flute and Piano Recital Recital Hall

Classical String Quartet Recital Hall

The Rhythm Future Quartet keeps the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe.

Influential choreographer Paul Taylor’s new wave of American modern dance. Co-presented by the Ruth Page Dance Series.

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Demarre McGill is one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation.

The Chiara String Quartet is lauded for its "highly virtuosic, edge-ofthe-seat playing" (The Boston Globe).

February 9

March 9

April 20

May 18

Septura Brass

Nuala Kennedy Band

Rastrelli Cello Quartet

Rebecca Frazier & Hit & Run Bluegrass

Classical Brass Auditorium

Irish Music Recital Hall

Classical, World Music Recital Hall

Americana, Bluegrass Auditorium

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music.

Scottish-based, Irish singer/flutist Nuala Kennedy reimagines traditional ballads of love, loss and immigration.

Rastrelli performs music “between the genres,” mixing Bach and Tchaikovsky with Gershwin and Dave Brubeck.

The first woman on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and widely known for her work with the award-winning band, Hit & Run.


STAGE CENTER Theatre This is Our Youth

No Child

Directed by John Bliss

Directed by Mary Kroeck

Venue: Stage Center Theatre

Venue: Stage Center Theatre

Oct 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm Oct 28 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm Dec 9 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

In meticulous, hilarious and agonizing detail, This is Our Youth follows 48 hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren Straub, a dejected 19-year-old who steals $15,000 from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic, domineering, drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine. (Dramatists Play Service)

No Child is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York City public school system. An insightful, hilarious and touching master class not to be missed by anyone who is concerned about the state of our education system and how we might fix it. (Dramatists Play Service)



Nilaja Sun

"Marvelous. . . Touching and funny." —NY Times. Episode 26 Howard Korder

Directed by Dan Wirth Venue: NEIU Auditorium March 1, 2 at 7:30 pm March 3 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm Remember those glorious days of Saturday morning sci-fi serials at the local bijou: Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon? Here is an affectionate and extremely ingenious send-up of the genre. Our hero is Buzz Gatecrasher and he finds himself on the Planet Darvon with

Photo by: Sarah Fabian

Kenneth Lonergan

our sweetheart and his, Hillen Dale, and with Dr. Art Deco, the obligatory dotty scientist. Darvon is ruled by Vaknor, a cross between Darth Vader, Ming the Merciless and Dracula, who fancies himself Emperor of the Universe. With the help of Arno, the winged King of the Hawk People, Buzz vanquishes Vaknor and saves the universe only to be reminded by the announcer that we all have to tune in next week for Episode 27! (Samuel French, Inc.)

T.B.A. Venue: Stage Center Theatre April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm April 28 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm For announcement of the play see Tickets Tickets may be purchased in advance at, in person at the NEIU Information Center, or by phone at (773) 442-INFO (4636). Tickets may be purchased one hour prior to each show at the Stage Center Theatre box office in building F. To contact the Stage Center Theatre box office on performance nights, call (773) 442-4274.

Individual Ticket Prices General Admission. . . . . . . . . . . . $10 Seniors/NEIU Alumni. . . . . . . . . . . $8 Non-NEIU Students. . . . . . . . . . . . $8 Children. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6 NEIU students, faculty and staff may obtain one complimentary ticket by presenting a current NEIU ID at the Information Center or the Stage Center Theatre box office.

Discount Subscription Package Subscribe to all four main stage productions for a 25% savings. Subscribe by September 23 by calling (773) 442-INFO (4636).


CHILDREN'S Theatre Workshop Productions The 2017-2018 Children’s Theatre Workshop (CTW) Season 4 will focus on emigration, diversity, and inclusiveness. The productions are the creation of two courses offered by Communication, Media and Theatre performed for children and young audiences. Fall 2017 CMTT350: CTW for Elementary School “Faces of Freedom” by Cynthia Mercati

For more information on the productions, contact the Department of Communication Media and Theatre by calling (773) 442-5950.


Photo by: Ann Hartdegen

Spring 2018 CMTT351: CTW for Middle & High School “Silk Road Stories” based on tales by Rumi, Saadi, Attar

NEIU:150 YEARS Sesquicentennial Celebration

View from St. Louis Avenue Northeastern Illinois University has a long and storied history, and this year we will celebrate our sesquicentennial anniversary.

The Beehive

Northeastern's first day of class was held on September 2, 1867, when we were known as Cook County Normal School with 62 students. As a vibrant and diverse University with nearly 10,000 students, we will reflect upon the past 150 years

the year, and we hope you will be able to join us in this yearlong celebration. Highlights include: while looking forward to the next 150.

NEIU Weekend Transforming Lives Campaign

The spirit of NEIU150 will be incorporated into many of our events throughout



CAPE Never Stop Learning The Office of Community and Professional Education (CAPE) offers a wide range of non-credit classes at our Main Campus and El Centro. Veterinary Assistant Training Pharmacy Technician Training Clinical Medical Assistant American Sign Language Spanish Conversation ACT, GRE, GMAT and CPA Test Preparation Microsoft Office Online Instruction Customized Training for Organizations Playwriting, Storytelling Drawing, Jewelry Making Community Dance Program Community Music Program Private and group lessons for all ages

Register at


(773) 442-5080

FILM Series

Northeastern Illinois University is proud to have the Chicago Film Society in residence for another year of 35mm film screenings. Audiences throughout Chicago come to NEIU in order to enjoy beloved classic films, silent films with live musical accompaniment, and rare or restored prints from archives, studios and private collectors. In partnership with the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre, these screenings have been integrated into film studies courses at NEIU.

For a complete schedule of films visit: All screenings take place in the Auditorium. Tickets $2 with NEIU ID; $5 for the general public 11

Fall 2017


NEIU String Orchestra Thursday, October 19 3:05 pm, Recital Hall

The Department of Music and Dance presents concerts throughout the year in the Recital Hall of the Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center and the University Auditorium. Programs feature performances by faculty and guest artists, ensembles and students. Admission is free unless otherwise indicated. To purchase tickets, visit

NEIU Jazz Combo Mayo Tiana, director Tuesday, October 24 3:05 pm, Recital Hall Guitar Studio Showcase Brian Torosian, director Thursday, October 26 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Wind Ensemble Travis Heath, director Thursday, October 26 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Kathy Cowan Oct 31

Travis Heath Nov 3, Feb 9-10

Rose Sperrazza Nov 3

Brian Torosian Nov 14

Robert Heitzinger Feb 8

Kay Kim Feb 8, March 15

Jaime Gorgojo March 15

Katherine Petersen April 9 12

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check our website for details.

Kathy Cowan, voice NEIU Faculty Artist Celebrate Samhain, the Celtic New Year, With Songs and Stories That Pierce the Veil Tuesday, October 31 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Chorus & Chamber Singers Christopher Owen, director Tuesday, November 1 7:30 pm, Off-site TBA Varsity Big Band Mayo Tiana, director Thursday, November 2 7:30 pm, Auditorium

NEIU Opera presents Fall Opera Scenes Sasha Gerritson, Director Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18 7 pm, Auditorium Woodwind Studios Showcase Monday, November 20 7:30 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Orchestra Tuesday, November 21 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Voice Studios Showcase Monday, November 27 7:30 pm, Recital Hall

Brass & Percussion Studios Showcase Tuesday, December 5 3:05 pm, Recital Hall

Piano Studio Showcase Tuesday, November 28 3:05 pm, Recital Hall

NEIU Chamber Singers & Chorus Christopher Owen, director Tuesday, December 5 7:30 pm, Recital Hall

Songwriters Showcase Nelson Mandrell, director Tuesday, November 28 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Rose Sperrazza, clarinet & Travis Heath, trumpet NEIU Faculty Artists Friday, November 3 7:30 pm, Recital Hall

Guitar Studio Showcase Brian Torosian, director Thursday, December 7 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Wind Ensemble Travis Heath, director Thursday, December 7 7:30 pm, Auditorium

NEIU Jazz Combo Mayo Tiana, director Thursday, November 9 3:05 pm, Recital Hall Music Faculty Recital Tuesday, November 14 3:05 pm, Recital Hall Brian Torosian, guitar NEIU Faculty Artist Tuesday, November 14 7:30 pm, Recital Hall String Studios Showcase Thursday, November 16 3:05 pm, Recital Hall

The Department of Music at Northeastern Illinois University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

In consideration of both performers and audience members, children must be age 6 or older to be admitted to Music Department events.


Winter/Spring 2018 Elyse J. Mach Awards Concerto Competition Thursday, January 18 7 pm, Recital Hall Robert Heitzinger, baritone Kay Kim, piano Jamie Farrell, dance NEIU Faculty Artists Thursday, February 8 7:30 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Wind Ensemble Travis Heath, director Thursday, February 22 7:30 pm, Off-site/TBA NEIU Jazz Combo Mayo Tiana, director Thursday, March 1 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU String Orchestra Thursday, March 1 7:30 pm, Recital Hall Guitar Studio Showcase Brian Torosian, director Thursday, March 8 3:05 pm, Recital Hall

Jaime Gorgojo, violin Kay Kim, piano NEIU Faculty Artists Thursday, March 15 7:30 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Jazz Combo Mayo Tiana, director Thursday, March 29 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Opera Presents: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi By Giacomo Puccini (Sung in Italian with English supertitles) Directed by Sasha Gerritson Wednesday, April 4 Thursday, April 5 Friday, April 6 Saturday, April 7 All at 7 pm $10/Free with NEIU ID Katherine Petersen, soprano NEIU Faculty Artist Monday, April 9 7:30 pm, Recital Hall 14

Brass Studio Showcase Tuesday, April 10 3:05 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Jazz Lab & Varsity Big Band Mayo Tiana, director Wednesday, April 11 7:30 pm, Auditorium NEIU Guitar Ensemble Brian Torosian, director Thursday, April 12 7:30 pm, Auditorium NEIU Chorus & Chamber Singers Christopher Owen, director Tuesday, April 17 7:30 pm, Auditorium Woodwind Studio Showcase Wednesday, April 18 7:30 pm, Recital Hall Piano Studio Showcase Monday, April 23 7:30 pm, Recital Hall

Percussion Studio Showcase Tuesday, April 24 3:05 pm, Recital Hall Songwriters Showcase Nelson Mandrell, director Tuesday, April 24 7:30 pm, Auditorium Voice Studios Showcase Wednesday, April 25 7:30 pm, Recital Hall NEIU Wind Ensemble Travis Heath, director Thursday, April 26 7:30 pm, Auditorium NEIU Orchestra Featuring the Winners of the Elyse J. Mach Awards Concerto Competition Friday, April 27 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check our website for details.

Music Festivals and Special Events Fifth Annual Woodwind Ensemble Competition

Chicago Brass Festival 10th Season

Rose Sperrazza, Artistic Director Saturday, October 21 1 pm, Recital Hall

Travis Heath, Artistic Director Friday and Saturday, February 9-10 The Chicago Brass Festival presents exciting events throughout the year including concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble

For upcoming event information please visit

Chicago Chamber Music Festival For festival information please visit



“Grand sets, costumes and a full-length realization of Clara’s journey to a magical land.” - The Beacon-News Ruth Page Dance Series presents

Don’t Miss “Tea With Clara!”

Ruth Page Civic Ballet The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 3 3:15 pm Treat your family to a very special afternoon that features a beautiful holiday tea and a performance of The Nutcracker. Includes choice of the 1 pm or 5 pm performance. Meet the dancers while enjoying a magical afternoon tea! Cost for performance and “Tea with Clara”: $85 adults/$50 children. Please contact the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at (312) 337-6543 or for these tickets.

Saturday, December 2 3 pm & 7 pm

Paul Taylor 2 Modern Dance Friday, October 20 7:30 pm Auditorium Influential choreographer Paul Taylor’s new wave of American modern dance.

Sunday, December 3 1 pm & 5 pm The Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s popular re-creation of this holiday classic is back at NEIU for four performances only. Past performances have sold out each year.

Co-presented by the Ruth Page Dance Series and the Jewel Box Series

Featuring guest artists from Cuba’s renowned National School of Ballet.

Fall Student Dance Concert

Admission: $25; Students, Seniors and Children Under 12: $20

Friday, November 10 7:30 pm Jamie Farrell, director Auditorium $10; Free with NEIU ID


NEIU Students, Faculty and Staff: $10 per ID Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997, this production re-creates Ruth Page’s iconic and beloved original full-length staging.

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet is proud to be an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. The 2017 season is presented in part by the The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, the David and Lynn Kravis Family Foundation and the NIB Foundation.

Spring Student Dance Concert Friday, March 16 Saturday, March 17 7:30 pm Jamie Farrell, director Auditorium $10; Free with NEIU ID Ruth Page Dance Series presents

Center Stage at NEIU Ruth Page Center Artists-In-Residence Showcase Friday, April 13 7:30 pm

Come and experience the broad range of artistic work taking place at the Ruth Page Center by its five Artists In-Residence and hear from the artistic director of each group. Admission: $20; Students, Seniors and Children Under 12: $15

NEIU Students, Faculty and Staff: One FREE Ticket per ID The Ruth Page Center for the Arts carries forward the mission and vision of its founder, legendary dance icon Ruth Page, to be a platform for developing great artists and connecting them with audiences and community.

Photo by: Cheryl Mann

FOUR dance companies + ONE theater company = ONE amazing night of stellar performances!



Spanish Dance Theater In-Residence at Northeastern Illinois University Dame Libby Komaiko Founder

Irma Suarez Ruiz Artistic Director

Jorge Perez

Executive Director (773) 442-5916


Tales of Spain Historias de EspaĂąa December 15 & 16 & May 2018 A lecture/concert in the classical, folkloric and flamenco styles for students and families. NEIU Auditorium General Admission: $5 Teachers & chaperones: $6 NEIU students, faculty & staff: FREE

Concierto Familiar Family Holiday Concert December 17 & 18 7:30 pm NEIU Auditorium Admission: $30, $25, $20 Students & Seniors: $5 discount Children under 12: $15 NEIU students, faculty & staff: $15

American Spanish Dance and Music Festival June 6-23 Please visit or call (773) 442-5916 for more information.

Photo by: Dean Paul

"Sophisticated modern spins on flamenco" - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


FALL 2017


Biennial Juried Art Alumni Exhibition August 28-September 29* Juried exhibition of work by past NEIU art majors in conjunction with the 2017 NEIU Weekend hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations. Reception: Friday, September 15 6-9 pm *closed on Sept 4 for Labor Day

Clarissa Bonet: Urban Constructs: City Space + Stray Light October 11-November 17 1

Two photographic series are juxtaposed to reveal the shift of our perception of the city as it moves from day to night. Reception: Friday, October 20 6-9 pm


Young Suk Lee | The Itchy Sole-Mate, motion interactive sculpture, 2016

Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 25 12 pm

Clarissa Bonet, SL.2016.0603 NYC (From the Stray Light series), Pigment print, 2016 This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Student Holiday Art Sale

Young Suk Lee: Thou and I

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

November 27-December 8

February 13-March 16

March 26-April 27

Unique holiday gifts created by NEIU art students with all proceeds going directly to the students.

Using computer-based technology, imaginary creatures and ecosystems are brought to life through movement, texture and sound.

A juried exhibition of work in all media created by NEIU students with a declared major or minor in Studio Art.

SPRING 2018 Bad Editions January 8-February 2* By incorporating strategies that deviate from tradition, a group of artists, curated by Rafael E. Vera, explore the possibilities of printmaking as a process and philosophy. *closed January 15 for MLK day Reception: Friday, January 19 6-9 pm Curator Talk: Wednesday, January 10 10 am

Reception: Friday, March 9 6-9 pm Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 14 3 pm

Reception and Awards: Friday, April 20 6-9 pm (Awards will be announced at 7 pm)

SUMMER 2018 Juried Community College Student Exhibition June 4-29 A juried exhibition of work by Illinois community college students Reception and Awards: Friday, June 8 6-9 pm (Awards will be announced at 7 pm)

Matt Bodett | Delusions (Emptiness is Form), Plaster cast, found railroad nail, acrylic, medium etching transfer, 2016

Office of Cultural Events 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625

Getting to Northeastern Illinois University

By car: The performance spaces at NEIU are easiest to access by entering the campus at 3701 West Bryn Mawr Ave. If entering from 3600 West Foster, take the access road north to the parking areas. Parking permits are now required for all events on campus. Blue Zone virtual daily permits cost $5 per day. Download the free Passport Parking app to your smartphone or visit the website to create your account. You may also drive up to the yellow kiosk in the Parking Facility that dispenses a paper receipt for display. NEIU Parking Facility: (773) 442-4114 or 4117

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