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Dec. 8-9: La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas

"La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas" is one-woman show written and performed by Shelley Cooper. It is inspired by the life and work of the dramatic 20th century opera singer Maria Callas.

Shelley Cooper
Shelley Cooper

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 in the Brunner Theatre Center Black Box.

The show runs 60 minutes, and contains stories of Callas' life and famous iconic arias that Maria Callas is known for singing.

Cooper is an assistant professor of theatre arts at Augustana. She has performed, taught and directed for a number of companies such as Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Bangkok Theatre Festival and the Venetian Macao. 

See the complete schedule of this year's theatre season.

Christmas events at Augustana

The holiday celebration at Augustana will include two performances of Christmas at Augustana, a Christmas Dinner, Jazz Brunch, and the traditional Lessons and Carols.

Christmas at Augustana Dec. 2

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Christmas at Augustana Dec. 2. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Three hundred student musicians will take the stage, featuring performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Ascension Ringers, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Augustana Concert Chorale and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble.

Tickets are $21 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, and $11 for students and children.

Christmas Dinner Dec. 2

A special Christmas Dinner will be offered between the two performances of Christmas at Augustana on Dec. 2 in The Gerber Center Dining Hall. Serving time is from 3:45-8 p.m.

Tickets are $11.45 for adults and $6 for children.

Advance purchase of tickets is recommended to avoid lines at the cash register. Students on the Augustana meal plan may swipe their card to get into the dining hall and need not purchase a ticket.

Jazz Brunch Dec. 3

A brunch and mimosas will be served while jazz music is performed at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in Wallenberg Hall, second floor of the Denkmann Memorial Building. Tickets are $20.

Lessons and Carols Dec. 14

Lessons and Carols in Ascension Chapel, at 4 p.m. and again at 8 p.m., presents the story of Christ’s birth in readings and music. The Augustana Chamber Singers will be conducted by Ron May.  Free and open to the public.

Tickets and parking

Tickets for all events may be purchased online, by phone at 309-794-7306 or 800-798-8100, ext. 7306, or In person: at the Augustana Ticket Office in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.

The will-call desk will open 90 minutes before each performance. Doors open for seating a half-hour before performances. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break in the performance.

Parking is available in the lot east of Centennial Hall. Additional parking is available across 38th Street and west of the Denkmann Memorial Building.


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