​​Performing Arts Series

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* Performances denoted by an asterisk (*) are priced as follows. All other events are free, unless otherwise noted.

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Seniors (62+): $5.00
  • Military: $5.00
  • Alumni & Students: $5.00
  • Children (-17): $5.00
  • JU: Free (per ID)

Visual Arts

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.

Artist's Workshop

  • Date and time  Wednesday, September 6 – Thursday, September 7
  • Event location  3D Art Research Center (ARC)


  • Date and time  Thursday, September 7
  • Event location  Davis Commons Usen Auditorium

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.

Opening Reception

  • Date and time  Thursday, September 7, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery


  • Date and time  September 7 – 27
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Changsha Normal University Artists-In-Residence

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.

  • Date and time  September 17, 3:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

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.


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. This is a Confluence: War and Peace artist workshop.

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.

Opening Reception

  • Date and time  October 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery


  • Date and time  October 5 – 25
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Performing Arts

Music Faculty Showcase

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

  • Date and time  September 10, 3:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Influence Of World War I On The Music Of American Composer Howard Hanson: A Confluence Event

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. This performance is part of the Confluence: War & Peace themed semester.

  • Date and time  September 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Faculty Recital: Tony Steve

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.

  • Date and time  September 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Ken Hitchcock, Jazz Guest Artist and the JU Jazz Ensembles

Ken Hitchcock graduated from Juilliard and spent the past 40 years as an “in demand” saxophonist in New York City playing in Broadway musicals, 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 Liza Minnelli.

  • Date and time  September 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall
  • Cost  $25

The JU Jazz Faculty in Concert: Featuring Gary Starling

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.

  • Date and time  October 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

The Tragic Symphony

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.”

  • Date and time  October 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Music Around the World with the Jacksonville University Orchestra

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.

  • Date and time  October 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

The JU Jazz Ensembles at Unity Plaza

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

  • Date and time  October 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Unity Plaza, Riverside

High School Choral Invitational

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

  • Date and time  October 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Honors Recital

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

  • Date and time  October 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

The French Connection

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.

  • Date and time  October 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Urinetown, The Musical *

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 Confluence: War & Peace themed semester.

  • Date and time
    • Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

  • Date and time  November 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

The Villiers Quartet

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 has 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.

  • Date and time  November 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall
  • Cost  $25

Weapon of Peace

Throughout history the cello has emerged as a voice of peace in times of war. As part of Jacksonville University’s Confluence semester 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.

  • Date and time  November 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Black Box Theatre (Phillips Fine Arts lower level)

The JU Jazz Combos and Jazz Orchestra in Concert

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.

  • Date and time  November 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Percussion Ensemble

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.

  • Date and time  November 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Fall Dance Concert *

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.

  • Date and time  November 16, 17, and 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

Lux Radio Theatre Presents A Miracle on 34th Street

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!

  • Date and time
    • November 17, 7:30 p.m.
    • November 18, 3:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Honors Recital

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

  • Date and time  November 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

  • Date and time  November 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital CD Release Event

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.

  • Date and time  December 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Music for War and Peace

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.

  • Date and time  December 3, 3:00 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Holiday Celebration with Jacksonville University Orchestra

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!

  • Date and time  December 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

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

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.

Performance #1

  • Date and time  December 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Performance #2

  • Date and time  December 10, 6:00 p.m.
  • Event location  All Saints Episcopal Church, San Marco