Music at Moser Performing Arts Series

Welcome! The University of St. Francis Department of Music and Performing Arts is proud to offer exciting music and theater performances to the Joliet and Will County communities. We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events. All performances have open seating.

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Purchase Tickets

  • To purchase your tickets online, click here. You will receive an emailed receipt. It is important to bring that receipt with you. Tickets purchased online will be available at will call the evening of the performance if you have your emailed receipt.
  • To purchase your tickets by phone, call 815-740-3520. If prompted to leave a message, please leave your name, phone number and number of tickets. Your order will be confirmed by the Department of Music and Performing Arts.
  • Finally, you may purchase tickets at the door of any event, but ticket availability cannot be guaranteed. Walk-ins are welcome, but performances often sell out. If you want to ensure you get a seat, please make reservations by purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • Note: reserved tickets not picked up 15 minutes before the start of the program may be released to walk-in guests.

For all other information during normal business hours, call 815-740-3395.

We invite you to visit the USF website to discover more about the university’s various ensembles or Department of Music and Performing Arts academic programs. Thanks for your interest in the University of St. Francis and Music at Moser!

Ticket Pricing

Prices are the same for all performances, unless noted otherwise in the event listing:

  • $10 for adults 
  • $7 for senior citizens (65+), alumni and non-USF students
  • All performances complimentary for students and staff with ID

USF Music at Moser 2017-2018 Events

*Please note that performances are subject to change.

Choro de Lá pra Cá with special guest, Dill Costa, singer
This Brazilian trio’s name means “choro from here and there,” the choro being a cousin of the samba. Their music is a mix of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and classical music played on traditional Brazilian instruments, and they will be joined by special guest singer, Dill Costa. Come experience the lively rhythms of Brazil with a unique musical twist.
September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

First Annual Music Collage Concert
Experience the many talents of USF’s Department of Music and Performing Arts in an exciting concert of non-stop music including performances by USF ensembles, students, and faculty. Experience music performed in “surround sound” in a celebration of music and music-making, and try your luck in a silent auction to help the Department of Music and Performing Arts grow.
September 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Faculty Recital: Jiafeng Yan, piano
USF piano professor Jiafeng Yan presents a recital of solo piano masterpieces by Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.
October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Fall Play: “Boy Gets Girl”
Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl” offers up a disturbing chiller about a woman whose life of accomplishment is quickly destroyed by a disturbed admirer. This suspenseful tale about the unraveling of a strong woman’s sense of security in the urban jungle will touch a tender nerve in everybody who’s ever squirmed through a creepy blind date. Starring students and community members under the direction of USF Director of Theater, Ernie Ray.
November 9-11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Turk Theater ǀ Tickets Required

Vocal Jazz featuring the USF Swingin’ Saints
USF’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Swingin’ Saints, performs a variety of pieces from the American vocal jazz repertoire under the direction of Paul Laprade.
November 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ San Damiano Hall ǀ Tickets Required

Fall Student Recital I
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar, and orchestral instruments.
November 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

Christmas at the Motherhouse: “Gaudete!”
The USF choral ensembles (Schola Cantorum, Swingin’ Saints, and Concert Chorale) will enliven the 2017 Christmas season with a concert of celebratory music. Musical masterworks such as Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” will be complemented by selections ranging from chant and medieval music (Piae Cantiones) to jazz, African, and contemporary settings of works for Christmas. Paul Laprade will make his debut as director of choral activities at USF.
December 1-2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ St. Joseph Chapel (Motherhouse) ǀ Tickets Required

Fall Student Recital II
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar, and orchestral instruments.
December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

Joliet Symphony Orchestra: Christmas Classics – Into the Woods
Join the JSO as they take a ‘Sleigh Ride’ through the woods to perform holiday favorites as well as Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf.”  The concert will also feature the winning work from the JSO’s 2017 Composition Competition: Christopher Lowry’s “A Cypress Prelude.” The JSO is led by USF Director of Orchestral Activities Alexandra Dee.
December 9, 2017 at 3 p.m. and December 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Joliet Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: “Peter and the Wolf”
A special concert for children and families! Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev’s delightful musical tale “Peter and the Wolf” and then have the chance to try them out themselves in an instrument petting zoo.
January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

Akropolis Reed Quintet: “On the Town”
Hailed for “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the award-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet’s trademark virtuosity and flair for the dramatic take center stage as the ensemble revives a golden age of theater-going. The program features the tiny Akropolis big band accompanying Buster Keaton’s hilarious 1922 silent film “The Electric House” as its centerpiece. Join the ensemble and embrace Prohibition-era decadence, flamboyance, and individuality in a program that also includes George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Kurt Weill’s “Threepenny Opera.”
February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Zafa Collective
Composed of young, Chicago-area classical musicians, the Zafa Collective is a new music ensemble of flexible instrumentation that believes contemporary music should be inclusive and accessible to all. Join them as they broaden the classical music landscape by performing new and rarely heard works, with a particular focus on music by women and composers of color. This concert will feature works for strings and clarinet, including George Walker’s magnificent String Quartet No. 1 and Roger Zare’s evocative “Phoenix Song.”
February 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. | Turk Theater ǀ Tickets Required

USF Swingin’ Saints serve Culinary Jazz!
USF’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Swingin’ Saints, will perform a variety of pieces – many about food – from the American vocal jazz repertoire.
March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ San Damiano Hall (Motherhouse) ǀ Tickets Required

Spring Musical: “The Fantasticks”
The world’s longest running musical comes to the USF stage! Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, “The Fantasticks” is a story of two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance, and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love.
Thursday, April 5 – Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Spring Student Recital I
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar and orchestral instruments.
April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

USF Concert Chorale’s Spring Concert: “Sensational Psalms”
The USF Concert Chorale presents “Psalms,” a concert of Psalm settings in a variety of styles.  This concert will include psalm settings by Giorgio Allegri, Leonard Bernstein, Abbie Betinis, Lili Boulanger, Dave Brubeck, Paul Carey, Felix Mendelssohn, Ned Rorem, and Randall Thompson.  The Concert Chorale, consisting of singers from the surrounding communities, is directed by USF’s Director of Choral Activities, Paul Laprade.
April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

Spring Student Recital II
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar and orchestral instruments.
April 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

Joliet Symphony Orchestra: At the Movies!
Join the JSO on the red carpet as they perform music from your favorite movies!  From blockbuster hits such as “Indiana Jones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” to Erich Korngold’s classic score to “Robin Hood,” this concert will have something for everyone. We’ll also be joined by our own celebrities: violist Kayla Cabrera and soprano Anna Valcour, the winners of the JSO Concerto Competition!
April 21-22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  A Spring Concert featuring the Schola Cantorum, Swingin’ Saints, and Concert Chorale
The USF Choral Ensembles (Schola Cantorum, Swingin’ Saints, and Concert Chorale) will conclude the 2017-18 season with a concert that musically tours the world through songs about cities, continents, and places both near and far.  The will feature a selection of choral masterworks by John Dunstable, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Ernst Toch, and others, as well as folk song (“Loch Lomond”) and popular works (such as Vernon Duke’s “April in Paris” and Toto’s “Africa”).  Paul Laprade, Director of Choral Activities at USF, conductor.
April 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required