​​Performing arts series

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Visual Arts


Artist Workshop

September 6 – 7

Taylor Robenalt,  Southern Narratives

Ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt will give a two-day artist workshop including technique demonstrations, critiques with students and an artist’s lecture open to the public. Robenalt’s demonstrations of narrative sculptures are filled with metaphors of life through the use of repetitive imagery.  She will present a lecture of her work on Wednesday, September 6th at 4:00pm.


Alexander Brest Gallery 

September 7 – 27

Opening reception September 7 from 5-7 PM

Naomi Falk and Lauren Greenwald, Borders

Sculptor Naomi J. Falk and photographer Lauren Greenwald explore how we negotiate physical and psychological borders. Do fences make good neighbors? How do we find balance between staked territory and collective community? Through interactive sculpture, photography, and video, they investigate built and found landscapes, and the struggles and connections we have with each other.


Changsha Normal University Artists-In-Residence

September 17 at 3 PM

The College of Fine Art hosts a visiting delegation from Changsha Normal University, Hunan province, China.  Join us for this special event showcasing the talents of our visiting artists.  Meet-the-artist reception to follow. 

Alexander Brest Gallery

October 5 – 25

Opening reception October 5 from 5-7 PM

Katie Hargrave, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF and Division of Visual Arts Confluence Theme: War and Peace artist workshop

What does it mean to take something apart, to put it back together, and to share what you learned in the process? I am interested in systems as broad as politics, history, our built environment, and our learning systems. The act of exploring, deconstructing, and decoding these systems is political, if subtly. We all have power; we all own this world.

Alan Skees, American Glitch: Neo-Regionalism

Alan Skees ventures out into the landscape. His road trips seek the America depicted by the Regionalists of the early 1900s, and he only finds the fingerprints of technology, corporations, industrialization and sprawling urbanization. He scans these landscapes and digitizes them into rough, glitchy, pixel data and produces a new type of regionalism that rejects the nostalgic past and embraces a new future.


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Alexander Brest Gallery

November 9 – December 6

Opening reception November 9 from 5-7 PM

Always a favorite among participants and viewers, this juried showcase features student work that is a reflection of the contemporary pulse in art making of Northeast Florida. The eclectic exhibition consists of a variety of media, including animation, ceramics, computer generated images, drawings, film, glass art, graphic design, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture. Awards are given for outstanding work.

Performing Arts

Pricing for all performances noted by * 
Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $ 5.00
Military: $ 5.00
Students: $ 5.00
Children (-17): $ 5.00
JU: Free (per ID)


Music Faculty Showcase 

September 10 at 3 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Join us for the annual Faculty Music Showcase featuring the talents of our distinguished faculty of artist-teachers. 


Influence of World War I on the Music of American Composer Howard Hanson: A Confluence Event

September 15 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

A lecture/recital explores the effect of WWI on the music of Howard Hanson. Built around the three movements of Hanson’s Piano Sonata, composed in 1918, the presentation will include photos from Hanson’s career in California (1916-1918), a rare look at Hanson’s manuscript, and a performance of the work.


Tony Steve Faculty Recital

September 23 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Professor Steve presents an evening of Electro-Acoustic Percussion Music, featuring works by Michael J. Olson, Sam Krahn, and the premier of a new work by Professor Steve. The Suite in D minor for Cello is also on the program.

Ken Hitchcock, Jazz Guest Artist and the JU Jazz Ensembles

September 28 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Ken Hitchcock graduated from Juilliard and spent the past 40 years as an “in demand” saxophonist in New York City playing in Broadway musical, recording studios, and night clubs.  Ken has played on three Grammy award winning albums:  Gerry Mulligan’s “Walk On The Water”; Machito’s “Big Band Latin Jazz 1982”; and with Steely Dan.  He has also recorded with Sting, Paula Cole, Natalie Cole, George Michael, Lyle Lovitt, Rod Stewart, Melissa Errico, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Diana Kral, K.D. Lang  and Linda Ronstadt.  He has performed and toured with the Big Bands and jazz combos of Gerry Mulligan, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Machito, TitoPuente, ChicoO’Farrell, The Latin Giants, The Bronx Horns, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, and the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.  Ken spent 13 years as soloist for Liz Minelli.  Ken has performed in the pits of over 100 Broadway musicals, including the 1st revival of “Sweet Charity”, “City of Angels”, “Damn Yankees”, “How To Succeed In Business”, “Chicago”, “42nd Street”, “Grey Gardens”, the second revival of “Grease” and for 3 years onstage  in the Best Musical Tony Award Winner- “Memphis” at the Shubert Theatre.


The JU Jazz Faculty in Concert: Featuring Gary Starling

October 5 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The JU jazz faculty will perform in an evening featuring JU’s very own JU guitar professor and local jazz legend Gary Starling. The group will be highlighting some of Gary’s groove oriented arrangements and the evening will also mark the rededication and reinvention of JU’s Terry Concert Hall with an official ribbon-cutting and new art installation.


The Tragic Symphony

October 14 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The JU Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony combine to present a Masterwork Series Partner Concert featuring James Barnes’ Symphony No. 3 “The Tragic.”


Music Around the World with the Jacksonville University Orchestra

October 17 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Join the Jacksonville University Orchestra for a tour around the world with music from Asia to Europe to the United States! Explore how composers express their own unique national pride in this exciting program.


The JU Jazz Ensembles at Unity Plaza

October 18 at 7:30 PM

Unity Plaza, Riverside

Come downtown to Unity Plaza (220 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville) and swing out with the JU Jazz Ensembles for a cool evening of jazz outdoors.


High School Choral Invitational

October 19 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The JU Choirs share the stage with outstanding high school choruses from greater Jacksonville in this annual celebration of choral music in our schools. 


Honors Recital

October 20 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The Student Honors Recitals feature outstanding student musicians nominated by their professors in recognition of distinguished performance. 


The French Connection

October 24 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The JU Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony present a partner concert with guest artists the Philharmonistes des Pays de Vaucluse,a French wind band.


Urinetown, The Musical

October 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM

October 29 at 2 PM

Class warfare rears its ugly head after an extreme water shortage leads to government enforcement of toilets. The citizens must use public amenities regulated by a single malevolent company. Those who break the rules find themselves banished to Urinetown. A hero surfaces and plans a revolution to lead everyone to freedom. This production is a collaboration between the Theatre and Musical Theatre programs and is part of the inaugural “Confluence” semester.


JU Chamber Ensembles

November 2 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Enjoy an evening of varied chamber music performed by our top student groups, including the Honors chamber ensembles.


The Villiers Quartet

November 5 at 7:30PM

Terry Concert Hall

The Villiers Quartet is winner of the First Prize of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Oxford.  Hailed as one of the most charismatic and "adventurous" quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad), the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. The Villiers Quartet have performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Leamington Int'l String Quartet Series, and performed at numerous festivals and halls including the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, Kings Place, St. John's Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room and the British Music Society.  The VQ will be performing a work by Frederick Delius whose Florida house now sits on the JU campus.


Weapon of Peace

November 7 at 7:30 PM

Event Venue: Black Box Theatre - Phillips Fine Arts Lower Level

Throughout history the cello has emerged as a voice of peace in times of war. As part of Jacksonville University’s ‘Confluence’ on war and peace, cello students will present historical situations from Berlin to Baghdad and perform music that was played in times of conflict as an expression of peace.


The JU Jazz Combos and Jazz Orchestra in Concert

November 9 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Join us for an evening of jazz featuring the talented students of the JU chamber jazz ensembles and the JU Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Ricci and Chris Creswell


Percussion Ensemble

November 11 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The JU Percussion Ensemble will be joined by Jonathan Singer, Xylophone Virtuoso.  Join us for an evening of diverse works featuring music by classic and not-so-classic novelty ragtime composers and contemporary works for percussion ensemble.


Fall Dance Concert

Swisher Theater

November 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm

Jacksonville University Dance will present their annual popular dance concert filled with variety and versatility.  Dance faculty and guest artists will choreograph thrilling, high-energy dance based in theatricality. In conjunction, Visual Arts will host the Fall for the Arts sale.


Lux Radio Theatre Presents a Miracle on 34th Street

November 17 at 7:30 PM and November 18 at 3 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Terry Concert Hall is transformed into a 1930s radio studio for the fourth time as A Miracle on 34th Street takes to the airwaves! A wildly popular event, the production features a 30- piece orchestra, talented actors and live sound effects. This season expect a miracle with Kris Kringle and Macy’s!


Honors Recital

November 28 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

The Student Honors Recitals feature outstanding student musicians nominated by their professors in recognition of distinguished performance. 


JU Chamber Ensembles

November 30 at 7:30 PM.

Terry Concert Hall

JU’s top chamber groups present an exciting concert of varied repertoire.


Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital CD Release Event

December 1 5-7 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Kimberly Beasley, soprano and Scott Watkins, pianist host the JU release party of Fashion Sense:  Songs in Recital, a Dolphinium album released in 2015 and reviewed in 2016 with community support from the American Diabetes Association.   Join us for refreshments in the lobby of Terry Concert Hall and meet the artists.  CDs will be available for sale and proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. 


Music for War and Peace

Dec 3 at 3 PM

Terry Concert Hall

As part of the JU semester theme “War and Peace”, the JU Wind Ensemble will present a program that explores this theme. Selections include Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968 – a programmatic work based on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Kurt Weill’s Das Berliner Requiem for three male voices and wind orchestra on poems by Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Reed’s Rejoicing in the Beauty of Peace.


Holiday Celebration with Jacksonville University Orchestra

December 8 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

Ring in the holidays with an evening of seasonal music, from classical to pops! Featured this year is the powerful Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Always an audience favorite, this concert is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!


Make We Joy:  Songs of the Season with the JU Choirs and Brass

December 9 at 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall

December 10 at 6 PM

All Saints Episcopal Church, San Marco

A Jacksonville holiday tradition not to be missed!  Featuring the JU Choirs and Brass in a spirited program of seasonal music from around the globe and audience carols.