​​Performing Arts Series

To preview the full Performing Arts Series 2017-2018, download the Performing Arts Series program.

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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)

Visual Arts

Stacey Holloway, Curious Attractions

Stacey Holloway is a visual storyteller. The form of the narrative has been used for centuries to entertain, to preserve culture and to instill morals. Similar to Aesop, her interests lie in the animal realm and using specific animal attributes to explore how our
formative process make up who we might become.

Nick McNally, Exiles

A series of paintings depicting the exiled, the wanders, those vainly fighting for promised land, and the hope for harmony with where we’ve ended up.

Opening Reception

  • Date and time  Thursday, January 11 from 5-7 PM
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Exhibit

  • Date and time  January 11 – February 7
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Brooks Dierdorff, The Aesthetics of Eden

The Aesthetics of Eden investigates the institutions that shape our ideas of landscape and the natural world. The work engages in an exploration of the aesthetics of state
and national park sites through depicted mapping, signage, visitor center displays, and employee office interiors. Through investigating these various sites, Dierdorff explores the relationship between idealized versions of nature—an imagined Eden—and the bureaucratic work required to produce and maintain them.

 

Shannon Lindsey, Context of Utility

Context of Utility is a large-scale site-specific installation that responds to and exposes elements of the gallery space. The work embodies notions of disorder through
man-made construction materials that challenge their conventional context, setting, and function. This installation explores the role of perception when understanding utility
and entropy.

Opening Reception

  • Date and time  Thursday, February 15 from 5-7 PM
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

Exhibit

  • Date and time  February 15 – March 7
  • Event location  Alexander Brest Gallery

 

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 2-3 at 6 pm in Gooding Auditorium.

Opening Reception

  • Thursday, March 29 from 5-7 PM
  • Alexander Brest Gallery

Exhibit

  • March 29 – April 25
  • Alexander Brest Gallery

Performing Arts

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 Theatre stage. You don’t want to miss this evening of cutting edge choreography and exciting
electrifying dance.

  • Date and time
    • Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 PM
    • Friday, January 19 at 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, January 20 at 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

* Please note the different groups and times*

Program A (Pitre, Mancil, Malota, Ortega, Grones, Fautley) January 18/20 @ 7:30 pm 

Program B (Martinez, Ebert, Austin, Harper, McFarlan, Valero) January 19 @7:30 pm and January 20 @5:30 pm 

Flying Ace Silent Film

Presented in celebration of Black History Month, The Flying Ace, made by Richard Norman at Arlington’s Norman Studios, features an all African-American cast—a hero, his sidekick, a heroine, the wrongly accused, and a scoundrel or two. This new
score by Professor Tony Steve was composed expressly for The Flying Ace.

  • Date and time  Sunday, February 4 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

The Division of Music is pleased to host the Seventh Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art. This year’s festival will feature the University’s own Faculty New Music Ensemble. www.eabarndance.com Kindly, visit the website for the schedule details.

  • Date and time  Feburary, 8, 9 & 10
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

 

Aida the Musical*

JU presents Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings countries together. With an unforgettable score, featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast.

  • Date and time 
    • Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 PM
    • Friday, February 23 at 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

Soprano Kimberly Beasley recreates
a recital given by the great Prima Donna
Francesca Zarad

Kimberly Beasley and Scott Watkins join forces to recreate a recital given by opera star Francesca Zarad in California on this date in 1920. The program features arias from La Boheme and Carmen plus sentimental favorites such as Schubert’s Ave Maria,
and Dunn’s Bitterness of Love. A historic recital!

  • Date and time  Friday, February 16 at 7:30 PM.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Mrs. Warren’s Profession*

George Bernard Shaw’s dramatic play follows a madam who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. Mrs. Warren’s Profession, directed and designed by our Theater faculty, offers a social commentary to illustrate Shaw’s belief that prostitution was not caused by moral failure but by economic necessity.

  • Date and time
    • Friday, February 16 at 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

JU Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind
Symphony: Music of Frank Ticheli

JU Wind Ensemble and First Coast Wind Symphony perform the music of internationally known composer Frank Ticheli, conducted by the composer.

  • Date and time  Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

  • Date and time  Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Student New Music

Join us for a showcase of student works featuring varied instrumentations and an array of new soundscapes from the JU Music Composition studio.

  • Date and time  Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Hot Off the Press!

Join the Jacksonville University Orchestra in a celebration of new music that is “hot off the press!” Featured will be commissioned works by the Delius Composition Award winners for 2016 and 2017, Anne McKennon and Daniel Farrell. Also featured will be Transposed Memories by award winning composer Dr. Piotr Szewczyk.

  • Date and time  Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

A Historic Recital Recreation featuring
baritone Jay Ivey, violinist Marguerite
Richardson, pianist Benjamin Beck

Enjoy this historical recital program given at the College of the Pacific in San Jose, California, October 27, 1919, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Grant-Schaeffer, Hubay, Chopin. Program closes with the (then) premiere performance of Howard Hanson’s
“Symphonic Rhapsody,” played by the composer. History comes to life in this
unique concert!

  • Date and time Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Alpha Psi Omega Spring Production

Jacksonville University’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honors society, presents the annual student-led production on campus. This year’s production promises family friendly fun, intrigue for theater and non-theater goers, and a range of musical styles to interest everyone.

  • Date and time
    • Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM
    • Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

Le Grande Tango

Join us for an evening celebrating the music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla. Jacksonville University faculty Shannon Lockwood, cello, Marguerite Richardson, violin, and Scott Watkins, piano, will perform Piazzolla’s greatest tangos
including The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Oblivion..

  • Date and time  Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Percussion Ensemble

This final percussion ensemble concert of the year will highlight contemporary works for percussion. On the program is the Carlos Chavez’s, Xochipilli: An Imagined Aztec Music. This concert will exemplify the wide variety of expression found in the percussion family

  • Date and time  Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Joyful Noise: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

Join the JU Jazz Orchestra as they pay tribute to the jazz geat Duke Ellington. Selections will include favorites from the Ellington cannon, as well as contemporary arrangements of his music. The concert will be highlighted by Don Sebesky’s “Joyful
Noise Suite”, an original composition dedicated to Ellington.

  • Date and time  Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Jazz at the River House

Join us in the up-close and inviting atmosphere of the River House for a JU tradition featuring the JU Jazz Combos as part of JU Jazz Week.

  • Date and time  Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  JU River House

The Michael Thomas Group in Concert

Michael Thomas and his quartet are the guest artists for the JU Jazz Week of clinics and events with the JU Jazz Studies students. They will be featured in an evening that will showcase Thomas’ brilliant compositions and world-class group

  • Date and time  Friday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Piano Studio Celebrates the Music of Brahms

The piano students of Dr. Scott Watkins celebrates their tenth class recital with the music by Johannes Brahms. Performances of his intimate Intermezzi of Opp. 117, 118, and 119 are paired with moving readings of Brahms’ letters, many recently published. Don’t miss the powerful music of Johannes Brahms!

  • Date and tim      Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Violin and Viola Studio Recital

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

  • Date and time  Sunday, April 8 at 6:00 PM.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Spring Dance Concert*

Faculty and guest artists will experiment in innovative ways to create movement highlighting JU’s talented dance students. Hybrid and fusion dance styles based on contemporary themes will both illuminate and entertain audiences. In conjunction,
Visual Arts will host the Spring for the Arts sale.

  • Date and time 
    • Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 13 at 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

JU Wind Ensemble “Song and Dance”

The Wind Ensemble will feature a concerto soloist and works from the standard and contemporary wind band repertoire.

  • Date and time  Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

  • Date and time  Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

In Flanders Fields: Songs of Peace, War
and Reconciliation

Join the JU Choirs for an evening of contemplative and engaging works by contemporary American composers and poets including Elizabeth Alexander, Kirke Mechem, Jeffrey Van and folksongs, songs of protest and spiritual songs. Presented as part of the “Confluence” series of campus events.

  • Date and time  Sunday, April 15 at 6 PM.
  • Event location  Terry Concert Hall

Student One-Act Plays

An evening of one-act plays directed by JU students. These works present a variety of theatrical performances showcasing the talent of JU Theatre majors.

  • Date and time
    • Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
    • Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 PM
  • Event location  Swisher Theater

Senior Honors Recital

The Senior Honors Recital features outstanding Senior-level students nominated by their professors in recognition of distinguished performance.

  • Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
  • Terry Concert Hall