Performing Arts Series

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Pricing

* 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)

August

Bassoon Day

All-State preparation, reed masterclasses, and ensembles for bassoonists of all ages, led by Professor Stephanie Magnus.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, August 31 at 9:00am

September

Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition: Making it NOW

The exhibition showcases artwork by recent Visual Arts alumni, highlighting their creative and professional accomplishments as artists and designers. A range of contemporary media and styles will be represented, including ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, installation, and computer-generated art. Featured alumni include: Elayne Ashley, Jesse Brantman, Mico Fuentes, Amalia Galdona-Broche, Tawan Harrel-Chester, and Marq Mervin.

Alexander Brest Gallery

September 5-25
Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Contralto Classics: Dina Barone in Recital

Professor Dina Barone & Guest Collaborative Artist, Sachiko Frampton, perform Songs & Arias composed throughout four centuries, for the rare contralto voice.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm

Jacksonville Dance Theater + Pioneer Winter Dance Collective*

Jacksonville’s own critically acclaimed professional modern dance company Jacksonville Dance Theatre will share the stage with Miami based dance company Pioneer Winter Collective for an evening length concert of modern dance works from Pioneer Winter (JU MFA in Choreography class of 2016).

Swisher Theater

Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm

Composer in Residence Jeff Blumenkrantz Concert*

Our Composer/Artist in Residence, Jeff Blumenkrantz, will lead our students in an evening of musical theater, featuring his songs. A Tony nominee and Ebb Award winner, Blumenkrantz is a composer whose songs have been recorded and performed by such notable singers as Victoria Clark, Sutton Foster, Maria Friedman, Lauren Kennedy, Rebecca Luker, Audra McDonald, Megan Mullally and Alysha Umphress. A week-long residency consisting of coaching, lectures and workshops culminates in an inspiring concert of his distinguished work. For more information on the artist, visit jeffblumenkrantz.com.

Swisher Theater

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Faculty Showcase Concert

Join us for the annual Faculty Music Showcase featuring the talents of our distinguished faculty artists.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, September 15 at 3:00pm

The Kinne Trio

The Kinne Trio presents a delightful program of early music to celebrate the beautiful gift of Jacksonville University’s new harpsichord. Dedicated to the instrument’s generous donor Mr. Henson Markham, the Trio’s program features music by J. C. Bach, Eichner, Boccherini, Schobert, and Mozart.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm

A Little Lunch Music: Nelms Plaza

Electro-Acoustic Set in Nelms Plaza

Nelms Plaza

Monday, September 23 at 12:00pm

Jazz Faculty in Concert

In celebration of their recent Dolphinium Records project highlighting their original compositions, the JU Jazz Faculty will perform a concert featuring some of their latest works.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, September 26 at 7:30pm

Bach's Goldberg Variations: A Celebration with Dr. Boyd Jones

Join us for the dedication of the Markham Harpsichord, a 2-manuel German-built instrument by Sassman. We welcome Dr. Boyd Jones, Stetson University Organist and the John E. and Aliese Price Professor of Music, in a performance of the crowning achievement of Baroque keyboard music.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm

October

Long Road Projects: Shikeith - Imagining Flesh Through Shadows

American multimedia artist and educator, Shikeith, will exhibit a selection of work that is centered on concepts of mysticism, spirituality, black manhood, and queerness. Shikeith’s work examines how queer black men negotiate the world around them. The exhibition displays the diverse range of approaches that comprise Shikeith’s studio practice, including installation- based media, digital projection, sculpture, and photography.

Alexander Brest Gallery

October 3-30
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 3 from 5:00-7:00pm

JU Guitar Retreat

Jacksonville University Guitar Clinic for Jazz, Classical and Flamenco guitar students and enthusiasts. The event will include masterclasses for classical and Jazz guitar students, presentations on various topics, including Flamenco guitar techniques, and an evening recital featuring JU Guitar professors Gary Starling and Dr. Brian Luckett. The event is free and open to the public.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, October 5 starting at 9:30am
Concert at 5:30pm

Choral Invitational

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

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 10 at 7:30pm

A Little Lunch Music: DCOB

Dr. Tyler Alessi and Dr. Jay Ivey direct Musical Theater majors in scenes from popular musicals.

Davis College of Business (DCOB)

Monday, October 14 at 12:00pm

Symphonic Dances

The JU Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony combine to present a Masterwork Series Partner Concert featuring the five Symphonic Dances of Clifton Williams, which have rarely been played as a complete set.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm

JU Orchestra Fall Concert

The Jacksonville University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Marguerite Richardson, opens its season with a concert of orchestral masterworks, featuring JU alumna and Kinne Endowed Guest Artist Haley Russell, oboist, in the Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Strings by Benedetto Marcello.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30pm

Honors Recital

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

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 24 at 7:30pm

Vocal Studies Recital

JU Voice Faculty perform solos and scenes from opera to musical theater.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm

Howard Hanson: A Lecture Recital

Dr. Scott Watkins, Professor of Piano, presents his recent research on American composer Howard Hanson in this unique lecture-recital featuring rare photographs of the composer from his earliest days as Dean of the College of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Watkins’ presentation concludes with Hanson’s recently discovered “Symphonic Rhapsody” on the 100th anniversary of the work’s premiere.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, October 27 at 6:00pm

JU Oktoberfest!

The First Coast Wind Symphony hosts Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson Wind Symphony in a concert of band favorites.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30pm

Nosferatu (1922) for Halloween

JU Percussion Ensemble performs “Nosferatu,” the original vampire movie from 1922 directed by F.W. Murnau, which brings to life (sort of) the story of Count Orlok. This is the perfect way to spend All Hallows’ Eve. Wear a costume and enjoy the evening.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 31 at 7:30pm

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet*

Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy and the world’s utmost enduring love story, tells the tale of two young, star crossed lovers caught between their feuding families. Romeo and Juliet is a play about idealized love, and about youth itself. Directed by Deborah Jordan, this extraordinary production is filled with purity of hope and the destructive power of rancor.

Swisher Theater

Thursday, October 31 at 7:30pm
November 1, 2 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 PM

November

Seven Decades of Composition

Faculty and students perform compositions by Professor Emeritus Dr. William Schirmer.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, November 10 at 3:00pm

A Night at the Village Vanguard

This evening will feature all JU chamber jazz ensembles and the JU Jazz Orchestra for an evening dedicated to the Village Vanguard. This annual event offers a wide range of ensemble styles dedicated to jazz heritage, from American standards to the modern sounds of today. Support Jazz ensembles and swing out with us!

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Always a favorite among participants and viewers, this juried showcase features undergraduate student work that reflects contemporary art and creative practice in Northeast Florida. The eclectic exhibition includes a variety of media consisting of animation, ceramics, computer-generated images, drawings, illustrations, film, glass art, graphic design, photographs, prints, and sculpture. Awards are granted for outstanding work selected by this year’s juror, Aaron Garvey of Long Road Projects.

Alexander Brest Gallery

November 14 - December 10
Opening Reception:
November 14 from 5:00-7:00pm

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

The Division of Music at Jacksonville in partnership with Jacksonville Dance Theatre and Space 42 are pleased to host the Ninth Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art, to be held November 14-16 on the JU campus and at Space 42 in Jacksonville’s Riverside area. This year’s festival will feature Andrea Cheeseman (clarinet), Thomas Dempster (bassoon), Sarah Jane Young (flute), and Tony Steve (percussion). Visit eabarndance.com for detailed information.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, November 14 - Saturday, November 16

American Landscapes

The JU Wind Ensemble presents a program of music that captures the emotional images of the vast and varied American landscape. Clarinet soloist Kevin Clasen will be featured in the operatic special La Sonnambula: Fantasia for Clarinet.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, November 17 at 3:00pm

A Little Lunch Music: Welcome Center

JU’s string chamber music ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Marguerite Richardson, Dr. Shannon Lockwood, and Mr. Brian Magnus, perform favorites of the chamber music repertoire.

Frisch Family Welcome Center Lobby

Monday, November 18 at 12:00pm

Jax Cello Quartet

An evening of favorites with members of the Jacksonville Symphony cello section.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30pm

JU Chamber Ensembles

Chamber music performances by JU student groups, including the Honors chamber ensembles.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm

Senior Choreography Concert*

For this series of performances, graduating dance Seniors will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works produced on The Swisher Theater stage. You don’t want to miss this evening of cutting edge choreography and exciting, electrifying dance.

Swisher Theater

November 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm

December

Choirs at Penney Farms

The JU Choral Ensembles will present a Holiday Concert for the residents of Penney Farms.

Penney Farms

Sunday, December 1 at 3:00pm

JU Orchestra Holiday Concert

Ring in the holidays with an evening of seasonal music, from classical to pops. Always an audience favorite, this concert is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm

Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville Winter Concert

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville, under the direction of Dr. Marguerite Richardson, presents a concert of symphonic favorites. Founded in 2016, the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville is an all-volunteer ensemble which performs in venues throughout northeast Florida with a mission to create “symphonic music for everyone.”

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm

Holiday Choral Concert

The JU Choral Ensembles will present a Holiday Concert of favorites old and new.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, December 8 at 6:00pm

January

Libby McFalls, ARIM

The work featured in this exhibit began when McFalls embarked on a one-year Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARIM). ARIM is an intuitive response to her life, a realization and reconciling with successes and failures, and the limitations of time. McFalls’s hybrid prints and collages reflect her love of storytelling through nonlinear visual narratives that examine issues of loss and family. Her work explores and makes visual the contradictions and complexity of life.

And

Courtney Ryan, [Containment / Expansion]

With a passion for exploring nature’s capacity to respond to and evolve in the face of society’s urban and suburban development, artist Courtney Ryan transforms clay into imaginative sculptures that emerge organically from their surroundings. Teacups, knick-knacks, handcrafted displays, and other materials, serve a vital role as visual analogies to nature and human’s ability to consume and engulf both natural and urban environments.

Alexander Brest Gallery

January 9 - January 29
Opening Reception:
January 9 from 5:00-7:00pm

Musical: In The Heights*

The Departments’ of Theater at Jacksonville University and the Florida State College at Jacksonville will collaborate to present the Tony award-winning musical, In The Heights. This modern hip-hop musical composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, will be presented in the Studio Theater at The Wilson Center for the Arts at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.

Swisher Theater

January 17, 18 at 7:30pm
January 19 at 3:00pm

The Wilson Center, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ)

January 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm

Transient Canvas

Transient Canvas presents Wired, a portrait of the integration of technology into modern life. Now a full-length album available through New Focus Recordings, Wired highlights technology’s ability to affect humanity in ways that connect and disrupt. Music by Kirsten Volness, Peter Van Zandt Lane, David Ibbet and Dan Van Hassel.

Terry Concert Hall

 Friday, January 17 at 7:30pm

Bert Quartet

Boril Ivanov (piano), Ernie Ealum (bass), Rick Kirkland (drums), and Tony Steve (vibes and percussion) perform music by Copland, Beiderbecke, and Bird. Find the fusion as BERT brings new life to some of the standard repertoire of two worlds.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, January 23 at 7:30pm

February

Laurie Amat

Improvisor Laurie Amat uses the power of pure voice, breath and body to create a visceral expression of raw human emotion and personal connection. She fearlessly breaks boundaries in a site-specific/reactive performance combining acoustic vocals, movement, and electronic looping to create ethereal angelic choirs, skin peeling multiphonic cacophonies, heartbreaking operatic arias, brutal industrial sound pieces and (just for fun!) spontaneous JU guest collaborations!

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30pm

Laticia R. Bajuyo and Jason Brown: EXURB

This two-person exhibition facilitates conversations centered on the suburban/exurban landscape, which questions historical context, the politics of ownership, and the environmental impact of development. Bajuyo transforms suburban stereotypes into symbols and visual markers that delight while simultaneously offering a critique through visions of ironic and dystopian suburban fantasies. Brown creates artwork intended to engage viewers in a dialogue on the environmental impacts and costs of energy extracted from the earth as necessitated by consumer culture.

Alexander Brest Gallery

February 6 - March 28
Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 6 from 5:00-7:00pm

A Little Lunch Music: Howard Administration

Percussion Coordinator Professor Tony Steve directs students performing music for marimba.

Howard Building Lobby

Monday, February 10 at 12:00pm 

Middle School Choral Festival

JU Choral Director Dr. Julian Bryson invites regional middle school students to participate in a day of choral music workshops and performances.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, February 15 at 10:00am
Concert at 4:00pm

Tony Steve and the Music of Social Discourse: Works for Percussion and Fixed Media

A concert of music looking at our world and society through the lens of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, February 16 at 7:30pm

Honors Recital

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

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm

Music of Andrew Boysen

JU Wind Ensemble and First Coast Wind Symphony perform the music of composer Andrew Boysen.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm

Hot Off the Press!

Join the Jacksonville University Orchestra in a celebration
of new music that is “hot off the press!” Featured on the program are commissioned works by the student winners of the Delius Composition Award for 2018 and 2019.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30pm

Percussion Ensemble

The Jacksonville University Percussion/New Music Group performs works by contemporary composers.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, February 29 at 7:30pm

March

New Music at JU

Join us for the annual New Music at JU Concert featuring works recently composed by JU faculty and students.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm

JU Chamber Ensembles

Chamber music performances by JU student groups, including the Honors chamber ensembles.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm

McClure Award Winner Concert

The Paul and Linda Kahn Foundation focuses on projects in the fields of History, Education, the Arts, and Religion. A music award was first established through the efforts of its arts director, Louise McClure. The McClure Music Performance Award features the winner of a skill-based performance competition open to JU junior and senior music majors.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, March 15 at 3:00pm

Division of Visual Arts Annual Thesis Exhibition

The graduating seniors in the Division of Visual Arts will exhibit their Senior Thesis projects in this annual exhibition. A variety of media will be represented, including 2-dimensional artworks, design displays with commercial applications, 3-dimensional sculptural representations and installations, animated shorts, and film productions. The seniors will present their research and discuss the work exhibited in the gallery on March 30-31 at 6 pm in the Gooding Auditorium.

Alexander Brest Gallery

March 19 - April 16
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 19 from 5:00-7:00pm

Rivertones Spring Sing

Swing into Spring with Jacksonville University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The Rivertones as they present their 3rd annual “Spring Sing!” a concert of Vocal Jazz, Show Tunes & Popular Song!

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm

Scott Watkins Solo Recital

Dr. Scott Watkins celebrates 35 years of public performances in this special evening of the most beloved and stirring piano music ever written. Program includes Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu,” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune,” plus favorites by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Liszt.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm

J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias

The piano studio of Dr. Scott Watkins presents its eleventh annual recital program featuring J. S. Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias performed on the new Markham Harpsichord.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm

Light in the Piazza*

Directed by Dr. Tyler Alessi and Dr. Julian Bryson, Light in the Piazza tells the story of Margaret and her daughter Clara as they vacation in Italy and meet new friends, exposing Clara and Margaret’s challenges in trying to live a quiet life.

Swisher Theater

March 26-28 at 7:30pm
April 3 and 4 at 7:30pm
April 5 at 3:00pm

Jazz Orchestra in Concert: The Musings of Miles

The JU Jazz Orchestra joins special-guest trumpeter Bijon Watson for an exciting evening that will pay homage to the great big-band recordings of Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30pm

Jazz Combos in Concert

The JU Jazz Combos will be performing their very own arrangements and projects for an intimate evening fashioned
to the best listening rooms on the caliber of the New York scene. The concert will focus on the iconic sound of various scene-changing groups, including the Miles Davis quintets and sextets of the 50s and 60s. This concert will be a complimentary performance to the JU Jazz Week (March 26-28) featuring guest artists and JU Jazz Faculty members that will be performing throughout the week.

Phillips - 19 (Black Box Theater)

Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm

JU Jazz Festival Day

Now our third annual middle and high school jazz festival, this event has become a much-anticipated highlight of
JU Jazz Week, offering opportunities for local jazz bands to perform and learn from clinicians. In addition to performances by JU Jazz Combo I and the JU Jazz Orchestra, this year’s festival will also feature special-guest trumpeters Bijon Watson, Tanya Darby and JU Adjunct Professor of Trumpet David Champagne. Come enjoy these mid-day headliners as they pay homage to the great Miles Davis with lively selections of his work. This all-day event on JU’s campus will feature regular performances throughout the day and food trucks with local fare.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, March 28 - All day event

A Little Lunch Music: Terry Concert Hall

Dr. Shannon Lockwood and Dr. Scott Watkins direct cello and keyboard students in the music of Vivaldi, featuring the Markham harpsichord in action.

Terry Concert Hall Lobby

Monday, March 30 at 12:00pm

April

Wind Ensemble Masterworks

The JU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Artie Clifton, will feature JU student soloists in a program of cherished masterworks for winds. The program will also include the premiere of a new work for alto saxophone and wind band by composer Daniel Fulmer.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, April 5 at 3:00pm

Violin and Viola Recital

Come enjoy the talent and musicianship of the violin and viola students in the studio of Dr. Marguerite Richardson as they perform in their annual showcase concert.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, April 5 at 7:30pm

Spring Choral Concert

The JU Choral Ensembles will perform their final concert of the year in Terry Concert Hall.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm

JU Chamber Ensembles

From trios to quintets, enjoy an evening of chamber music performed by JU student groups, including the Honors chamber ensembles.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm

Fiat Lux Film Festival

The film festival is celebration of work put forth by film and animation students. Projects range from introductory through intermediate, to advanced, and thesis-level cinematic storytelling. Awards, selected by an international jury, are presented during the event, which includes a Q&A session with selected filmmakers.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, April 11 at 9:00pm
Film Screening at 5:00pm

Honors Recital

This final honors recital features outstanding seniors nominated by their professors in recognition of distinguished performance.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30pm

JU Orchestra Spring Finale Concert

The Jacksonville University Orchestra celebrates the talent of its student artists in a program of orchestral favorites, featuring the winners of the 2020 Concerto Competition.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm

St. Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Augustine FL

Sunday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Spring Dance Concert*

Jacksonville University Dance will present their annual concert filled with variety and versatility in dance. Choreographers for this year include local and nationally recognized artists that reflect experimentation in hybrid styles of dance from Ballet to Broadway. Come let our JU Dance Theater entertain you with their athleticism and artistry.

Swisher Theater

April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm

First Coast Wind Symphony Family Concert

This concert of music for all ages by the First Coast Wind Symphony will feature the winners of the 2020 Concerto Competition for High School and Collegiate Musicians. The competition is open to students throughout the state of Florida. Guest composer Robert Sheldon will conduct the premiere of his new work written for the First Coast Wind Symphony.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, April 19 at 3:00pm