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)


Color Coded by Dylan Collins

Welding, blacksmithing, machining, casting, and other sculptural fabrication techniques are at the core of Dylan Collins’ hybrid anatomies. Collins combines human, animal, and mechanical traits in his work to explore the multivalent and often conflicted nature of contemporary bodies. The Color Coded series references systems of classification and organization rife with cultural authority. He takes pleasure in manipulating the language, balancing tension with themes of humor and ambiguity. The resulting works emerge through the lens of a dream-like, broken narrative, pointing to the complex relationships between organic bodies and the human made world.


Boss Combo by Jason Lee

“If you used to be punk, then you never were.” Lee’s work in Boss Combo reflects on the suburban landscape of his childhood. The constructed environment mimics elements and color schemes of the skateboard pseudo-culture that was sold by pop media to the disenfranchised youth of the 80s. This pristine wonderland of suburbia did not reflect Lee’s experience or the underground suburban punk rock that was growing amid it. Coming of age and being a part of the underground music scene that grew from these saccharine suburban environments truly changed Lee’s life and has forever altered the way he sees and approaches the world.

Alexander Brest Gallery

January 10-30
Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 10 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Winter Dance Concert

For this series of performances, Dance department faculty will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works in the form of solos, duets and trios

Phillips Fine Arts 101- Studio North

Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
Friday, January 18 at 5:30 pm

Jacksonville University Young Chamber Players Competition

Advanced high school chamber ensembles spend the morning in sessions with JU faculty and compete in an afternoon recital open to the public. Winners will be announced after the performance.

Terry Concert Hall | Phillips Fine Arts Building | Sam Marks Chapel

Saturday, January 19, all day

Paul Barnes, Piano

Pianist Paul Barnes, University of Nebraska, presents a unique program exploring the profound musical treatment of love and death in the music of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and ancient byzantine chant.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, January 25 at 7:30 pm

Contralto Classics: Dina Barone in Recital

Professor Dina Barone and Sachiko Frampton, collaborative pianist, perform songs and arias composed throughout four centuries for the contralto voice.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, January 27 at 3:00 pm


Lux Radio Theatre's Casablanca

The Lux Radio Theatre’s original 1944 broadcast of Casablanca: A story of love and hate against the backdrop of war ... and sudden death. A 35-piece orchestra, actors, and live sound effects bring the story to life! Try your luck at Rick’s roulette table, and maybe score a “letter of transit!”

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, February 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm

JU Masterclass featuring the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio Presented by Beaches Fine Arts Series

Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis have established themselves
as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Winners, individually, of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions, they have performed in prestigious venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, and London’s Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls. The trio will coach JU chamber musicians in an open masterclass format.

Sam Marks Chapel

Saturday, February 2 at 3:00 pm

Silent Spring by Casey McGuire

McGuire’s installations employ video, found objects and constructions of roadside detritus that are conceptualization of the housing crash and the myth of the American Dream. Her new work is concerned with the intersections of the American Dream and the destruction caused by urban sprawl and the technological advancements used to pacify nature. The intersection between what is, what is remembered, and what could be, becomes contemplative. McGuire uses cultural and familial structures to address changes and dislocation between humans and their built environments by creating familial spaces that reflect humans’ fueled need for urban sprawl and the creation of Suburbs at the expense of nature.


Intertexting by Gary Setzer

Working across photography, sculpture, video and more, transdisciplinary artist Gary Setzer has created a new series of artworks that aim to conceptually deconstruct themselves. Whereas artworks often promise the suspension of disbelief to transport the viewer to new worlds, Setzer instead presents works that embrace a self-aware rhetoric—planting the viewer squarely in front of the artwork. Playing with our expectations of the art experience, each of these pieces challenges our presuppositions about how the artist/viewer etiquette plays out. These artworks highlight and expose their own skeletons, and purport to champion their own limitations as art.

Alexander Brest Gallery

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

Vagina Monologues*

This Obie award winning play, presented as a reader’s theater, introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices on a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm

Operas in One Act: Series Event

Enjoy Operas in One Act, an inaugural series featuring one act operas performed by Jacksonville University Singers. Comedy and drama from Mozart to Moore will showcase our JU singers at their finest.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 pm

University Singers in Concert

Selected annually by audition, the members of the Jacksonville University Singers under the direction of Timothy Snyder perform an eclectic and challenging choral repertoire. Join the University Singers as they return to the spectacular acoustic of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine in concert.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm

Music of Jack Stamp

JU Wind Ensemble and First Coast Wind Symphony perform the music of renowned composer Jack Stamp, conducted by the composer.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm

JU Orchestra Spring Concert

The Jacksonville University Orchestra pays tribute to Black History Month with a performance of William Grant Still’s jazz-inspired Afro-American Symphony. Winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition will also be featured.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

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, February 28 at 7:30 pm


Jacksonville University Day of Percussion

A day of percussion at JU featuring guest artists, percussion groups from the region and clinics from performers from the classical and commercial worlds of music.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, March 2, all day
Final Concert at 7:30 pm

New Music at JU Concert

Join us for the annual New Music at JU concert featuring works hot off the press composed by JU faculty and students.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm

A Little Lunch Music: JU Chamber Winds at BRCHS

A series of 30-minute lunchtime concerts featuring JU students and faculty at various venues across campus. You bring the lunch, we bring the music!

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Lobby

Thursday, March 7 at 12:30 pm

Brahms and Rachmaninoff for Cello and Piano

Jacksonville University faculty Shannon Lockwood and Scott Watkins present a program featuring beloved sonatas by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday March 7 at 7:30 pm

Tony Steve: 40 Years of Slat Tapping

Tony Steve has been hitting pieces of wood, metal, drums, and other objects for the last forty years. Join him in celebration of this festive anniversary featuring works spanning the years and the globe.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 pm

Featured Visual Artist: Tameka Norris, Driven By Project

We are pleased to host this event in partnership with Long Road Projects, a JAX based not-for-profit artist residency series. Norris’s multidisciplinary practice explores race, poverty and social politics, drawing on her experiences as an underlying narrative. Through performance, painting, music, and film, she explores her identity as an artist and multiracial woman. Norris received her MFA from Yale University, and has participated in numerous significant exhibitions at prominent institutions including Yerba Buena Museum, Prospect Biennial, The Walker, The Studio Museum, and the Hammer Museum. This master series partnership culminates with Norris speaking on personal experience and how individual projects drive content.

Phillips Fine Arts, Arcs, Swisher Theater

Master Series
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 19 & 20 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Lecture in Terry Concert Hall
Wednesday, March 20 at 5:00 pm

Division of Visual Arts Annual Thesis Exhibition

The graduating seniors in the Division of Visual Arts will exhibit their faculty- approved 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. As an added bonus, the seniors will present their research and talk about the resulting artworks on April 1-2 at 6pm in Gooding Auditorium.

Alexander Brest Gallery

March 210 April 24
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm

The Music of Daniel Fulmer with Patrick Meighan, Kimberly Beasley and Seth Woods

Join Patrick Meighan, saxophone, and Seth Woods, cello, joins soprano Kimberly Beasley in performance of new works by Jacksonville composer Daniel Fulmer and songs by Frederick Delius and Robert Schultz featuring Anne McKennon, flute.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 pm

Rhapsody and Blues

Join the JU Jazz Orchestra—accompanied by strings—as they present classic and contemporary arrangements for big band featuring George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Scott Watkins on piano.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm

Women's History Month Celebration & Award Ceremony

JU’s finest female students, faculty and staff for a musical celebration and awards ceremony honoring inspirational women from Jacksonville University.

Terry Concert Hall

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Jazz in The Black Box: The JU Jazz Combos in Concert

Bringing this historic and popular event back to the black box theater, the JU Jazz Combos perform original arrangements and projects. Join us for an intimate Village Vanguard/Blue Note evening in Jacksonville.

Phillips Fine Arts 19 (Black Box Theater)

Thursday, Marh 28 at 7:30 pm

Geoffrey Keezer Trio in Conert*

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Geoffrey Keezer comes to JU to work and perform with the JU Jazz Program students during JU Jazz Week, and will be featured with his stunning piano trio in an engaging evening concert.

Terry Conert Hall

Friday, March 29 at 7:30 pm

JU Jazz Festival

The JU Music Jazz Week concludes with the second annual regional middle and high school jazz festival. The evening concert will feature JU Jazz Combo I, The JU Jazz Orchestra and a special guest artist as the evening headliner. Join us for this all-day event with performances, food trucks with local fair and good times—all on JU’s gorgeous riverfront campus.

Terry Concert Hall | Phillips Fine Arts 19 ( Black Box Theater) | Swisher Theater

Saturday, March 30, all day

Legally Blonde*

“...Being true to yourself never goes out of fashion.”

This award-winning musical, based on the hit Hollywood film, traces the journey of Elle Woods, as she attempts to conquer Harvard Law School and win the heart of her one true love. Along the way she faces adversity and forges astonishing bonds with her friends, classmates and professors, all while discovering the nature of love, life, and the law. Directed by Erik DeCicco and Jay Ivey, this extraordinary production is filled with unforgettable songs and show-stopping dances.

Swisher Theatre

Thursday, March 28  at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 pm 


Honors Recital

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

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 pm

Broadway Bound

The JU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Artie Clifton, will feature JU student vocalists in an exciting evening of Broadway hits. The program also includes the premiere of a new work by Jacksonville Symphony composer Piotr Szewczyk.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm

Jacksonville University Piano Studio Presents Grieg's Lyrical Pieces

The piano studio of Dr. Scott Watkins presents Grieg’s charming Lyric Pieces, descriptive works portraying Norway’s legends, landscape, and beauty. An annual event.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm

Phin Film Festival

An end-of-the-year celebration of the hard work and great short films made by Film and Animation majors.

Swisher Theatre

Saturday, April 6 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm

McClure Music Performance Award Winner in Recital

Join us for a recital featuring the winner of the McClure 2019 Performance Award, an annual competitive award open to music majors at JU and developed in cooperation between Riverside Park United Methodist Church, JU College of Fine Arts, and the Paul and Linda Kahn Foundation.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 pm

Violin and Viola Studio Recital

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

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 pm

JU Percussion Ensemble- New Music by Women Composers

The JU Percussion Ensemble explores new music by women composers in a variety of media-acoustic, electro-acoustic and fixed media.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

A Little Lunch Music: JU Jazz at Starbucks

A series of 30-minute lunchtime concerts featuring JU students and faulty at various venues across campus. You bring the lunch, we bring the music!

Kinne Center Starbucks

Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 pm

Spring Dance Concert*

JU Dance will present their annual dance concert filled with variety and versatility Choreographers for this year include local and nationally recognized artists that reflect experimentation in hybrid styles of dance from Ballet to Broadway.

Swisher Theatre

Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm

Family Concert

This concert of music for all ages by the First Coast Wind Symphony will feature the winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition for High School and Collegiate Musicians. The competition is open to students throughout the state
of Florida.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday April 14 at 3:00 pm

Serenade to Music

The Jacksonville University Orchestra and Choral Union team up for a grand finale concert of the season. Featured will be English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ hauntingly beautiful Serenade to Music, performed by the two ensembles together.

St. Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Augustine

Sunday, April 14 at 6:00 pm

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm

The Tara Winds in Concert

The First Coast Wind Symphony partners with the Tara Winds, a community music organization from Atlanta, GA to present an exciting and powerful program of “Southern style” wind band favorites.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm