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.

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

Shakespeare at the Piano: Guest Artist Paul Kenyon, piano
Join guest artist Paul Kenyon, Professor of Piano at Olivet Nazarene University, for an evening of piano music exploring Shakespeare’s life and writings. The repertoire will include works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, William Byrd and Domenico Scarlatti, as well as Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata and selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
January 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Tickets Required

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: Dance Away!
The USF Concert Chorale presents “Dance Away,” a concerts of works inspired by or written for dancing! Schubert’s Der Tanz (“The Dance”), excerpts from Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” a polka by Johann Strauss’s “Der Leiches Blut,” excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen,” and even the Australian National Anthem (“Waltzing Matilda”) travel their way from moving feet to moving music for voices. This is a concert that will make you want to dance!
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

“American Tune:” A Spring Concert featuring the Schola Cantorum, Swingin’ Saints, and Concert Chorale
The diversity of American culture is an expression of its people. This concert explores some of the diversity in American music through its many styles. Compositions by Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Leonard Bernstein, Morton Lauridsen, Abbie Bettnis, William Billings, Irving Berlin, and music from Native, African, Spanish, and Irish American cultures, will carry us through music of many styles– art (“classical”) music, pop song, jazz, blues, Revivalist hymns, gospel, and folk music– as experienced through the American musical lens. The concert will feature the USF premiere of Robert Ray’s joyful “Gospel Mass.”
April 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required