November 3, 2015
Joliet, Ill.- The Music at Moser Performing Arts Series begins a series of exciting performances culminating with their sell-out holiday concerts.
The fall play, “Androcles and the Lion” by George Bernard Shaw, runs Thursday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Turk Theater. This 1912 classic is a retelling of the tale of Androcles, a slave whose life is spared by the requited mercy of a lion. Androcles represents the many Christians who were led to the Colosseum for torture and execution. The characters in the play address topics facing modern-day as well as early Christians.
The USF Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jessie Pellowski (Chicago), will highlight jazz in its “Candlelight Cabaret” on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. After making a debut in the spring of 2013, the ensemble, comprised of students with varied musical backgrounds, take the stage once again to perform music of contemporary stylings with a heavy jazz influence. This performance will include accompaniment by a professional jazz instrumental trio, staged in a nightclub-like setting
On Friday Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. join the University of St. Francis choirs– the Schola Cantorum, Singing Saints and the Concert Chorale– for their annual Christmas concert, ”In Solemn Stillness: Christmas at the Motherhouse.” These USF ensembles will perform a variety of pieces for the season, including Gregorian Chant, traditional carols, and works by Lauridsen, Rutter, Ebeling, Poston, Warland and others.
The fall concert series culminates with an exciting performance by the Joliet Symphony Orchestra in “Christmas Classics” on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday Dec. 13, both at 3 p.m.
For tickets, additional performances and information, please visit stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser. All Music at Moser presentations are in the Sexton Auditorium or Turk Theater in the Moser Performing Arts Center at the university’s 500 Wilcox St., Joliet campus. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens aged 65 and older, as well as for students. Reservations are recommended.
The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,700 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni throughout the country. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.
Photo Caption: The Schola Cantorum (pictured) is one of the many talented groups that will perform in the coming weeks for the Music at Moser Performing Art Series.