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)


Faculty Biennial Exhibition

A variety of media and styles will be exhibited by the Jacksonville University Visual Arts faculty. Work presented will include illustrations, prints, photography, ceramics,sculpture, glass, experimental film and computer-generated works.

Alexander Brest Gallery

September 6 – 26
Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Todd Wedge, tenor, and Kimberly Beasley, soprano, with Edith Moore Hubert, piano

Guest artist Todd Wedge joins JU faculty Kimberly Beasley and Edith Moore Hubert
in an evening of art song featuring the works of Duparc, Schubert and Delius.

Selected by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “Music Educator of the Year” which led to a nomination for the GRAMMY® foundation “Music Educator of the Year,” Todd Wedge is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Kennesaw State University.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30

Brian Luckett, Classical Guitar

Featured in performances on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio, classical guitarist Brian Luckett performs solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States. His performance interests include exploration of the solo and chamber repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, September 14 at 7:30 pm


BHZ (zed) features the combined talents of Australian clarinetist and composer/artist Brigid Burke, Americans Steve Hall (percussion and composer) and guitarist Mark Zanter-three improvisers whose work is edgy, sophisticated, listenable. The group’s
first record, Total Harmonic Distortion is available on the innova imprint.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm

Faculty Showcase

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

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, September 21 at 7:30 pm

The Colored Museum*

The Colored Museum has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. The Colored Museum received overwhelming critical praise for its provocative subject matter and in-depth exploration of the African-American theatrical and cultural past.

Swisher Theater

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm
Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm


Shakespeare in Love: Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano, Grace Lee, piano, and Kimberly Beasley, soprano

Featuring works of Handel, Mozart, Delius and others set to texts by Shakespeare. Brittnee and Kimberly will conclude the program with a rousing duet from The Merry
Wives of Windsor.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm

A Little Lunch Music: The JU Choirs at DCOB

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!

Davis College of Business

Thursday, October 4 at 12:30 pm

The JU Jazz Faculty in Concert

The JU Jazz Faculty join to perform their annual concert of original compositions and arrangements. Enjoy these artists in your own backyard—world-class talent in Jacksonville.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 

Passage/Memory/Transition by Christopher Nitsche

Nitsche explores memory, passages, waking dreams and transitional states – all through installations, sculptures and drawings of metaphorical ships. His designs are cargo holds that reveal narrative expressions of irony, satire, and personal contexts. Nitsche’s 20-year focus on ship forms harkens to vessels found in cultures throughout the world, as practical vehicles and ceremonial crafts. The works are comprised of repurposed materials and found objects, where the extant history of use remains present.

Alexander Brest Gallery

October 4 – 31
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Operas in One Act: Little Red Riding Hood by Seymour Barab, directed by Dr. Tyler Alessi

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

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 pm

Time is Of The Essence: A Tribute to Michael Brecker featuring Seamus Blake with the Ben Adkins Group*

GRAMMY®-nominated artist and winner of the 2002 Thelonious Monk Competition, jazz saxophonist and composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. Blake performs with Jacksonville’s own jazz drummer, composer
and bandleader Ben Adkins in tribute to jazz legend, Michael Brecker.

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, October 7 at 6:00 pm

The Freshman (A Silent Football Film) starring
Harold Lloyd

The Freshman stars Harold Lloyd as university student Harold Lamb in his first year at
Tate College. Desperate to become the most popular boy in school, he decides to join the football team. Featuring the JU Jazz ensemble and a special guest.

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm


STRING follows the story of a musician, Shakespeare, his brother Chris, and their
Ma, as they fight to achieve satisfaction in their lives despite Ma’s deteriorating health.
Shakespeare’s musicianship is ultimately symbolic of the family’s scrupulous lifestyle,
as he plays a guitar that wields only one string. Directed by faculty Erik DeCicco this intimate play is written by JU Theater major Carlos Adorno featuring music by
Casey Gulledge. 

Phillips Fine Arts 19 (Black Box Theatre)

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

Honors Recital

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

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm

8th Annual 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. 

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, October 19 at 7:30 pm

Music for the Royal Fireworks

The JU Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony combine to present
a Masterwork Series Partner Concert featuring George Frederic Handel’s classic
“Music for the Royal Fireworks,” written to celebrate the end of war.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm

From Russia with Love

The Jacksonville University Orchestra opens its season with a concert of Russian favorites including Glinka’s exciting Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla and Mussorgsky’s tour de force, Pictures at an Exhibition. Also featured will be pianist Scott Watkins in
a performance of Rachmaninoff ’s Second Piano Concerto.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 pm

Scott Watkins in Recital - Music by Schubert, Hanson, Liszt

Program features American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphonic Rhapsody which Watkins discovered in manuscript in 2017, plus Schubert’s sublime Four Impromptus, Op. 90, and epic, virtuoso works by Franz Liszt. “Watkins plays with requisite clarity, but with great sweeps and washes of sound when required.” – Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm

JU Percussion Ensemble

An election year October surprise! Join Tony Steve and the JU Percussion Ensemble
for a civics lesson in sight and sound featuring works by John Cage, Alice Gomez and others.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm


Musical: Into the Woods*

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant piece... and a rare modern classic. Directed by Kimberly Beasley and Ben Beck, the Tony Award-winning book and score brought to JU are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Swisher Theatre

Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm

The JU Jazz Combos and Jazz Orchestra in Concert

Featuring the JU jazz ensembles and JU Jazz Orchestra, this annual event comes to the
Terry Concert Hall stage in a performance dedicated to the heritage of the American
jazz standard and the latest sounds of today. 

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm

The Kinne Trio

Marguerite Richardson, violin – Shannon Lockwood, cello – Scott Watkins, piano present an exciting program to celebrate their debut as the Kinne Trio. Amy Beach’s exotic Piano Trio (from their debut recording) and Piazolla’s luxurious “Four Seasons” tangos are featured.

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm

Featured Visual Artist: Lori Nix, The Making and The Void

Self described ‘non-traditional’ photographer Lori Nix is a visual artist living and working in New York. For 21+ years she has constructed small-scale dioramas and photographed them. Intensely detailed and rich in color, her photos offer up a possible future for modern society. Building materials, lighting, issues of scale and space all become significant when recreating her tabletop worlds. With gallery representation in New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Italy and Germany, Nix is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and two NYFA Artist Grants. This action packed master series ends with Nix speaking on personal experiences, diorama concepts and collaborations.

Phillips Fine Arts, Arcs, Swisher Theater

Master Series
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 6 -7, all day

Lecture in Swisher Theater
Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00 pm 

A Little Lunch Music: The JU Cellos at Howard
Administration Building

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!

Howard Building Lobby

Thursday, November 8 at 12:30 pm 

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival

The Division of Music at Jacksonville University is pleased to host the Seventh Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art. This year’s festival features Nick Photinos (cello), Tony Steve (percussion), Chris Creswell (bass trombone) and Edith Moore Hubert (piano). 

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm
(opening concert)
Friday, November 9, all day
Saturday, November 10, all day

JU Chamber Ensembles

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

Terry Concert Hall

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Annual Student Juried 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, illustrations, film, glass art, graphic design, photographs, prints and sculpture. New York photographer, Lori Nix is this year’s juror and awards are given for outstanding work.

Alexander Brest Gallery

November 15 – December 5
Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Senior Choreography Concert*

Join us to celebrate the JU senior dance majors as they present their choreographic research. Two different programs of diverse choreography showcase the artistic talents
of the class of 2019. Please join us for this weekend of exhilarating dance and cutting
edge choreography!

Swisher Theatre

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 17 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm


NASA at 60

The concert, titled “NASA at 60,” will celebrate through music the achievements of America’s space program, founded in 1958 by President Eisenhower. The concert will include video presentations of important NASA events set to music performed by the Wind Ensemble.

The concert will open with a brand new composition, Olympians, written expressly for the JU Wind Ensemble by composer Bill Boston, a graduate of JU and will also feature the Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble by Thom Ritter George, performed by Evan Brown, a JU senior who has majors in both music and geography.

The guest speaker for the event will be Mr. George Haddad, an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. 

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm

Baroque Postcards

Students from the piano accompanying class perform alongside voice and cello students in a program of Baroque favorites.

Terry Concert Hall

Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. 

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! This year’s concert will feature Respighi’s beautiful Botticelli Triptych.

Terry Concert Hall

Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm 

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

Join the JU Choirs and Brass in a spirited program of seasonal songs from around the globe and across the centuries. A Jacksonville holiday tradition not to be missed!

Terry Concert Hall

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm

All Saints Episcopal Church, San Marco

Sunday, December 9 at 6:00 pm

Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville Winter Concert

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville presents A Winter’s Eve, a concert featuring music
by Delius, Prokofiev, and Humperdinck. Also featured will be a collaboration with the Edward Waters College Concert Choir. Founded in 2016, the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville performs free concerts in venues throughout Duval county and has as its
mission the creation of “symphonic music for everyone.” 

Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm 

Cellist Yehuda Hanani in Concert

Distinguished cellist from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music,
Yehuda Hanani performs with JU faculty Shannon Lockwood (cello), Todd Lockwood
(bass), and Scott Watkins (piano) in works by Rossin, Barrière, Bach and Prokofiev

Terry Concert Hall

Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm