Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Norris Fund for the Arts

Established 2014

The Norris Fund for the Arts was created by the Dellora A. & Lester J. Norris Foundation to support their philanthropic objective.

Norris Cultural Arts Center
40th Anniversary Season

Welcome to the 40th Anniversary season of the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center.  A generous gift to the community from Lester and Dellora Norris, the center opened in the Spring of 1978 and quickly established itself as the cultural cornerstone of the community. Throughout the years, The Norris has provided a world-class visual and performing arts venue for the enjoyment of the residents of the Fox Valley area and Northern Illinois.


In the Gallery
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Pangelic: Faye Seeman and Liam Teague, Harp and Steel Pan

Pangelic offers audiences a fresh and exciting blend of sonorities rarely heard in the world of music. Harpist Faye Seeman and steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague play original compositions, jazz standards and classics – along with some familiar holiday tunes of the season. Stars in their own right, Seeman and Teague are a must-see combination.


In the Gallery
Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m.
The Fine Things of Youth:
Willa Cather’s Lucy Gayheart in Words and Music

A classic story of love and loss mixes with art songs of Schubert in the Midwest premiere of a new two-person play based on Willa Cather’s coming-of-age classic, Lucy Gayheart. St. Charles native Evan Bravos brings the story and songs to life, along with Jill Anderson as Lucy and pianist Shannon McGinnis.


In the Theater
Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
University of Michigan
Men’s Glee Club

Founded in 1859 and long praised as one of the finest male choruses in the world, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club makes its debut performance at the Norris theater. The Glee Club is renowned for its wide musical repertoire, ranging from Renaissance motets, romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs and contemporary works.


In the Gallery
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.
Soiree Lyrique: From Broadway to Opera

February is the month of Valentine’s Day. So before we say goodbye to the month, we bring you an afternoon of love songs by the incomparable duo of soprano Solange Sior and tenor Franco Martorana, accompanied on the piano by Chiayi Lee. Come enjoy all-time favorites and standards from musical theater, Italian songs, and opera.


In the Theater
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Exploring Music with Bill McLaughlin: The Music of Leonard Bernstein

Musician, musicologist, storyteller and nationally syndicated radio host Bill McLaughlin brings a live version of his much-loved radio program, “Exploring Music,” to the Norris theater in a unique exploration of the life and music of Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is observed in celebrations throughout 2018.


In the Theater
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois University Steelband

The internationally acclaimed NIU Steelband returns to the Norris theater in full force for a rousing evening of steel pan music, appealing to music lovers of all ages and tastes. Created in 1973 as the first band of its kind at an American university, the NIU Steelband has played throughout the U.S. and around the world.


In the Gallery
Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m.
Debra Miller: “Jane Austen Speaks”

The Norris gallery audience was thrilled with Debra Miller’s recent portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln. She returns in the character of renowned 19th-century novelist Jane Austen, with an astonishing hour-long portrayal that will have you believing you’ve just spent the afternoon with one of the world’s most esteemed storytellers.


In the Theater
Saturday, May 5 7:30 p.m.
World Guitarist Fareed Haque

Fareed Haque is an international guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar infuses his performances with tradition and fearless innovation. He performs in the theater with his award-winning jazz quartet, and in a set by contemporary composer Franz Casseus, on classical guitar, bass, and percussion.

Ticket Information

General admission tickets for all gallery and theater performances are priced at $18 for adults and $12 for students.

Visit for more information on each event and links to our online ticketing system. Or you may purchase tickets by calling The Norris box office at 630-584-7200 or in person during the hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

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