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Creative Arts Series

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View the Creative Current Magazine of 2022-2023.

Creative Current Magazine

 

View the complete Creative Arts Series of 2022-2023.

Creative Arts Series

 

Virtual Exhibitions

2021- 2022

Davis and Skees Exhibition

 

2020-2021

MFA: In The Works Online

The Dark and The Light Exhibition - Taylor Robenalt

Senior Spotlight 2020 Exhibition

School of Art & Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition

Annual Student Juried Exhibition

Leslie Robison & Jason Schwab Exhibition

The Kinne Legacy Exhibition

The Legacy Student Exhibition

Events Schedule

*Please visit www.jutickets.com for ticketing information

JANUARY 2023

Infinitus Presents

Nothing Left Unsung

Infinitus presents an evening of new and innovative choral music. In this one-of-a-kind ensemble, student conductors, composers, and singers work collaboratively to perform the music of our time. We focus on works by local composers and those not widely published or performed. Enjoy a collection of the best music you have never heard!

Sunday, January 8 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Sitting Down Together: Place Setting

Melissa Haviland and Andrew Decaen

The exhibition is a place for visual dialogue where sitting down together becomes the responsive focus. Decaen finds himself looking with curiosity at the space, time, and manner in which we eat, prepare, and acquire our meals. Haviland is inspired by the economics of the objects and materials that build our everyday lives, evaluating them as totems and commodities. 

January 12 – March 6

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12 at 5:00 PM

ALEXANDER BREST GALLERY

 

Contralto Classics

Dina Barone, Contralto and Sachiko Frampton, Collaborative Pianist

Join us as Prof. Dina Barone, contralto and Sachiko Frampton, collaborative pianist perform classics such as from Handel’s Semele, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Wagner’s Das Reingold and Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Rockley Piano Sale

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities has partnered with the Rockley Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of music education, to host the 2nd annual piano sale to benefit the Department of Music.

Thursday, January 19 through Saturday, January 21

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

College Orchestra Directors Association

Jacksonville University is proud to host the 2023 National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the only professional organization dedicated solely to the advancement of college and university orchestra directors. Performances by the Jacksonville University Orchestra and guest orchestras will be open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Marguerite Richardson, CODA President and Jacksonville University Professor of Music.

Wednesday, January 25 through Saturday, January 28

 

February 

Jacksonville University Hosts Steinbrenner High School String Orchestra

The Jacksonville University Orchestra welcomes the string orchestra from Steinbrenner High School (Tampa, FL) to Terry Concert Hall in a program featuring a joint performance of string players from both Steinbrenner High School (Andrea Szarowicz, director) and Jacksonville University. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Black History Month Concert and Celebration

The Jacksonville University Student Government Association partners with the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities in a celebration of Black History Month.

Friday, February 3 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Guitar Retreat

A day of masterclasses, presentations, demonstrations, and concerts for Classical and Flamenco guitar. Free and open to students and enthusiasts of all ages, levels, and styles to participate and appreciate.

February 4th, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Is Love Gendered?

Philosophy Slam

Join Dr. Arina Pismenny of UF Gainesville to the University of Florida to discuss the nature of romantic love and its relation to gender. It is often said that men and women love differently. According to some this difference is due to biology–the reproductive strategies of males and females. Others attribute it to the socialization of boys and girls. Can love transcend gender? Does it?

Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 PM

RIVER HOUSE

 

Guest Artist Pianist Paul Barnes

Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," and the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine with his recordings streamed worldwide. Dr. Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music. He was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Lied Center Piano Academy which welcomes several high-school pianists to Lincoln each summer for an intensive week of piano, composition, improvisation and, collaboration.

Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Sixth Annual Walter Visiting Writer, Dan Chaon

National bestselling author, Dan Chaon, joins Jacksonville University as the Sixth Annual Ralph and Anina Walter Visiting Writer. Chaon is a masterful novelist and short story author who combines literary and pulp fiction genres characterized by psychologically complex characters, riveting plot lines, and emotional depth. His short story collection Among the Missing was a National Book Award finalist. His bestselling novel Ill Will was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best books of 2017, and his most recent novel, Sleepwalk, has been met with wide critical acclaim.  Join us for a reception followed by an author's talk and book-signing. Contact writer@ju.edu for reservations and information. Chaon will also offer a writing workshop opportunity for JU students.

Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Vocal Jazz and Beyond! The RiverTones

Lunch Music

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!

Tuesday, February 14 at 12:30 PM

COUNCIL BUILDING COURTYARD

 

Voice Faculty Showcase

Jacksonville University faculty artists present an evening of classical, opera, and musical theater repertoire.

Friday, February 17 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Cabaret

*ticketed event

Based on the famous novel, I am Camera, this musical is set on the eve of the Nazi takeover of Germany. It frames this tumultuous time in global history at a nightclub, where its various players explore love, life, and loss. Directed by Erik DeCicco with choreography by Prof. Yidi Lin.

Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 PM

PHILLIPS FINE ARTS - STUDIO NORTH

 

Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony present the music of Brian Balmages

This joint concert of the Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble and First Coast Wind Symphony will feature the music of Brian Balmages who will conduct both ensembles in performances of his own compositions.

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

College Music Society

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities is proud to host the College Music Society Southern Chapter annual conference on the campus of Jacksonville University. Numerous performances, new music compositions, lectures, and demonstrations highlight the conference. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Watkins (swatkin@ju.edu).

February 23 through February 25

 

March

Bach, Boulanger, and Britten

Jacksonville University faculty Dr. Shannon Lockwood and Dr. Scott Watkins perform music for cello and piano by Johann Sebastian Bach, Nadia Boulanger, and Benjamin Britten.

Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Jacksonville University Camerata

The Jacksonville University Camerata presents a program of music featuring chamber orchestra favorites.

New Date: Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Spring Concert

Jacksonville University Orchestra

The Jacksonville Orchestra presents a concert of orchestral classics as well as the debut performance of a new work by Delius Composition Award Winner Nicholas Moseley.

This event has been postponed.

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Virtues and Art

Philosophy Slam

Dr. Eugenio Zaldivar of Santa Fe College poses questions about the philosophy of art. What do we mean when we say a joke is clever, that a song is moving or that a painting is beautiful? Should we think of these as attributes of the things themselves (what sort of thing is a joke anyway?) or should we think of them as expressions of the attributes of the artists? Can we import the framework of virtue ethics into our thinking about art and artists?

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM

RIVER HOUSE

 

From the Margins

Nothing Left Unsung Choral Concert

Due to a variety of social biases, many composers throughout history have struggled to find audiences for their otherwise beautiful music. In this concert, we will amplify the voices of marginalized artists and share our favorite hidden gems, both ancient and contemporary.

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Women’s History Month Concert and Celebration

This concert and awards ceremony culminates Women’s History Month celebrations at Jacksonville University. Join us as students from the performing arts offer work to accompany the awards for Student of the Year, Graduate Student of the Year, and Faculty Woman of the Year.

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

School of Art & Design Annual Thesis Exhibition

The graduating seniors in the School of Art & Design 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.

March 23 – April 19

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 PM

ALEXANDER BREST GALLERY

 

Film Screening: March 23 at 6:30 PM

ROSS THEATER

 

Nine, the Musical

*ticketed event

Celebrated but impetuous film director Guido Contini, succumbing to the pressures of filming his latest film epic (a musical version of the Casanova story), suffers a midlife crisis. One by one, women from his past and present – including his mother, his wife, his mistress, and his leading lady – haunt, instruct, scold, seduce and encourage him until he finally learns to grow up. Directed by Professor Kimberly Beasley.

Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM

and Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 PM

SWISHER THEATER

 

Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessments

Talented high school vocalists from across north Florida participate in the annual music performance assessments hosted by the Department of Muisc.

Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

 

Romantic Giants 

Scott Watkins Solo Recital

Dr. Scott Watkins presents a solo recital of music by Franz Liszt, Cesar Franck, and Franz Schubert. The program opens with the poetic Three Petrarch Sonnets by Liszt, followed by the chromatic masterpiece, Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by Franck. Schubert’s epic Sonata in C Major, D. 840, closes the recital. Left incomplete at the composer’s death, the version presented in this program was completed in 1921 by Austrian composer Ernst Krenek. Schubert’s gift for melody and haunting harmonies is apparent in this symphonically conceived work. 

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

String Studies

Lunch Music

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!

Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL LOBBY

 

Jacksonville University Jazz Orchestra in Concert

The Jacksonville University Jazz Orchestra presents their signature Jazz Week Spring concert. Featuring director Stan Piper and special guest artists, the talented students of the JUJO will swing out the hall in a concert not to be missed.

Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Bop and Beyond

The Jacksonville University Jazz Combos and Jazz Faculty in Concert

Featuring the chamber jazz ensembles and jazz faculty, this concert will explore the quintessential language of modern jazz. Tracing bebop from its inception with Bird and Diz, the groups will perform works and arrangements that evoke its unique expression, tie to American culture, and connect its influence on jazz today.

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 PM

SWISHER THEATER

 

April

Jacksonville University Jazz Festival

The 4th annual middle and high school jazz festival has grown to become a highlight of the Jacksonville University Jazz Week. A great opportunity for area and regional jazz bands to perform and spend quality time with clinicians, the festival will also feature Jacksonville University Jazz Combo I, the JU Jazz Orchestra and special guest artists. Join us for the day and enjoy food trucks with local fare on our beautiful riverfront campus.

Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Chamber Music Ensembles Concert

Brass, Strings, Woodwind, and Guitar ensembles perform chamber works.

Sunday, April 2 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

McClure Winner’s Recital

The Virginia Louise McClure Competitive Music Performance Award was established in 1974 at Florida State University by Virginia Louise McClure. The award was moved by the Paul and Linda Kahn Foundation to Jacksonville University in 2017 and is now a $1,500 scholarship awarded to the winner after a competitive round of auditions. Past awardees include Annabelle Gunn ’23, Alexandra Gravina ‘21, and Charly Anne Roper ’20.

Monday, April 3 at 5:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

The Line Between Church and State

Philosophy Slam

The first clause in the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” What does that mean and how do recent U.S. Supreme Court cases interact with the establishment clause? Join the discussion with Jacksonville University Associate Professor of Law Dr. Scott Devito, J.D.

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 PM

RIVER HOUSE

 

Piano Studio Recital

Talented students from the studio of Dr. Scott Watkins present repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary in the return of this popular concert. Come celebrate our talented young artists!

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

3rd Annual Student Works

Directed, acted, designed, and executed fully by students, the festival is back and bigger than ever! Led by Professor Debi Jordan, the festival will foster creative competition between students and highlight work which explores the theme of this year’s season, ‘On the Verge.’

Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 PM

PHILLIPS FINE ARTS BLACK BOX

 

Spring Honors Recital

The Department of Music presents outstanding senior music majors in performance.

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Percussion Ensemble

A program of innovative works by emerging composers will highlight this concert. Experimental music and traditional sounds will meld into an evening of sonic bliss.

Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Aquarian Release Party

Join us for a release party celebrating the newest edition of The Aquarian, Jacksonville University's award-winning literature and arts magazine. For more than five decades, The Aquarian has supported JU's artists and authors by giving them a platform to express themselves and share their creativity in a high-quality publication. This party will celebrate the release of the newest edition with visual works on display and poetry readings. All are welcome.

Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 PM

RIVER HOUSE

 

Annual Festival of the Arts

Presented by the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts

Join us for Art, Food and Community. We will have art booths with artwork available for purchase from students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as artists demonstrations!

CHARTER DAY

Friday, April 14 from Noon - 4:00 PM

STEIN CIRCLE IN FRONT OF THE RIVERHOUSE

 

SpringSing! Cover Me Bad

Nothing Left Unsung

Swing into Spring with Jacksonville University's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The RiverTones as they perform banned, censored, and controversial tunes from across the last two centuries.

Friday, April 14 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Carnaval

Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

This spring pops concert will feature the Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble performing Latin inspired music from around the world.

Saturday, April 15 at 3:00 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Violin and Viola Studio Recital

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

Sunday, April 16 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Guitar Ensemble and Studio Concert

Join us for a program of solos, duos, trios, and quartets written and arranged for the classical guitar and guitar ensemble featuring a diverse repertoire spanning the Renaissance through the 21st century.

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Spring Dance Concert

*ticketed event

For this series of performances Jacksonville University Dance will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works produced by our senior class. You do not want to miss the cutting-edge choreography and exciting electrifying dance. Join us as we celebrate the Jacksonville University Dance graduating class of 2023.

Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 PM

SWISHER THEATER

 

Vocology

Nothing Left Unsung

If you think you know what a choir sounds like, think again. The voice is eminently flexible, and this concert will stretch your expectations. Los Angeles-based guest artists and vocologists Laurel Irene and David Harris will perform an innovative concert with us, following a week-long residency.

Friday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Fiat Lux Film Festival

Fiat Lux is an annual film festival hosted by the Department of Media Arts that showcases imaginative and compelling work of cinematic storytelling. This year’s festival spotlights student projects created within the most recent academic year. Each year a jury of international industry professionals selects the most successful works in every category for special recognition through the Fiat Lux Awards.

Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 PM

SWISHER THEATER

 

Spring FINALE

Jacksonville University Orchestra

The Jacksonville University Orchestra closes out the 2022-2023 season with Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ thrilling Symphony No. 2.

Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

TERRY CONCERT HALL

 

Sunday, April 23 at 6:00 PM

ST. ANASTASIA CATHOLIC CHURCH, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

 

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