Cultural Events

The Fall 2015 Cultural Season

Welcome to the fall season of arts and ideas, excitement and wonder on the arboretum campus of Elmhurst College. All cultural events are open to the public. Lecture tickets are available online or at the door, depending on availability. For more information or to check ticket availability, call (630) 617-5186.


Hispanic Heritage Exhibition: Urban Flashback
Alfonso ‘Pilato’ Nieves Ruiz and Ricardo Santos Hernandez

This annual exhibition celebrates the work of an artist of Hispanic heritage. A reception with the artist will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 14 through Saturday, October 17
Frick Center, Founders Lounge and Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace


Cesar Chavez: the Man, the Myth and the Legacy
Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel is an award-winning author, journalist and independent historian who researches and writes about agriculture, the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez. Her most recent book, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. As a journalist, Pawel spent 25 years as a reporter and editor on both coasts, directing Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage at Newsday and at the Los Angeles Times

The Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10


Elmhurst College Theatre

Directed by Alan Weiger; music directed by Scott Uddenberg
Choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

Conceived in 1970 as a master’s degree thesis project by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell opened off-Broadway in 1971 with a new score by Stephen Schwartz, composer of the contemporary hit Wicked. Godspell is a joyous retelling of the parables of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew featuring many songs that have become classics. “Day by Day” from the original cast album reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11
Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17
Mill Theatre
General admission $7 / Student $5

For tickets, contact the Mill Theatre Box Office at or (630) 617-3005.


Elmhurst College 11th Annual Alumni Art Exhibition

This popular exhibition, which opens Homecoming Weekend, features new works by Department of Art alumni. Generations of art graduates display work in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and graphic design. The opening reception will be shared with alumni from the Department of Physics in a celebration of the 42nd ‘birthday’ of the Elmhurst College Particle Accelerator. Reception on Saturday, October 10, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, October 10 through Saturday, October 24
Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace


Elmhurst College Fall Band Concert   
Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble and Elmhurst College Symphonic Band

The Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble, directed by Judith Grimes, and the Elmhurst College Symphonic Band, directed by Ross Kellan. Talented musicians from campus, as well as community members, will perform.

Sunday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


A Listening Heart: Nurturing a Citizenship of Mutual Responsibility
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

Rabbi Josh Feigelson is the founder and director of Ask Big Questions, an organization that helps colleges and universities to nurture individuals and communities in healthier habits of civic engagement and civil discourse. In this interactive lecture, Rabbi Feigelson will lead a study of Biblical and contemporary sources to reflect on the capacities of our own hearts to listen, trust and empathize with one another, and to build the stronger communities we need today and in the future.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free, but we ask that you please register


Abstraction, Art and Transgender Capacity
David J. Getsy

David J. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An authority on the history of sculpture, he focuses on transgender studies, queer studies and performance studies to examine art’s histories of the human form and its alternatives. His newest book, Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender, offers the first book-length application of transgender studies to art history. 

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10


World Music Series
Featuring the music of Russia

Featuring pianist Ani Gogova and violinist Samantha May with the Elmhurst Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest artists Niles West Symphony Orchestra Strings, the Elmhurst Faculty Brass Quintet and the Elmhurst College Concert Choir.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $10


Art Exhibition
The Mid-America Print Council 

Elmhurst College hosts this juried exhibition by members of the Mid-America Print Council, an organization that promotes awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints. Works in all printmaking media will be displayed. A reception will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 26 through Sunday, November 22
Frick Center, Founders Lounge  


Jazz at the Mill
Elmhurst College Jazz Band and Late Night Blues

Hear the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, directed by Doug Beach, and the “Late Night Blues” Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Susan Moninger, perform some of their favorite jazz tunes.

Friday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Mill Theatre


You Can’t Take it With You
Elmhurst College Theatre

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman    
Directed by Bryan Wakefield

Family can do crazy things. The Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with – a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dances and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé over for dinner, the real fireworks start! 

Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14
Thursday, November 19 through Sunday, November 22
Mill Theatre
General admission $7 / Student $5

For tickets, contact the Mill Theatre Box Office at or (630) 617-3005.


Fall Choral Concert
Elmhurst College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

The Elmhurst College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Susan Moninger, and the Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Donna Tallman.

Sunday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


A Walk with My Friend Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
Father Scott Donahue

A lifelong advocate for education, the Rev. L. Scott Donahue is President & CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, a therapeutic home for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and emotional trauma. He also ministers at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Parish on Chicago’s Northwest side, and as the principal celebrant of WGN-TV Channel 9’s Sunday Mass at Mercy Home.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Thursday, November 19, 7:30  p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free, but we ask that you please register.


From Hot Dogs to Top Dog: A Conversation with Dick Portillo
Dick Portillo with Lee Daniels

Dick Portillo, founder of the iconic Portillo's restaurant chain, talks with Lee Daniels, a distinguished fellow in Elmhurst’s Department of Political Science and special assistant to the president, about his path to success.

Sunday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $10


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