Fall 2017 Music at Moser Performances Announced

Brazilian Rhythm, Creepy Dates and Christmas Headlining

September 1, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.



The Brazilian group Choro de Lá pra Cá with special guest singer Dill Costa will perform on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the fall 2017 Music at Moser performing arts series. Tickets and additional performances can be found at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

The fall 2017 Music at Moser performing arts series begins in September and promises a delightful schedule full of global sounds and performances to entice and excite. Most Music at Moser presentations are held 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 and non-USF students. USF students and staff are free. Most performances begin at 7:30 p.m. but guests are encouraged to check performance times and dates and to purchase tickets at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Choro de Lá pra Cá with special guest singer Dill Costa begins the semester on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sexton Auditorium. 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. Special guest singer Dill Costa will enhance the lively rhythms of Brazil.

The many talents of USF’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will be enjoyed Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the first ever Music Collage Concert. Ensembles, faculty and students will perform in the Sexton Auditorium in a celebration of music and music making. A silent auction will also take place in support of the department.

Under the guidance of USF’s Director of Theater Ernie Ray, students and the community will star in the annual fall play, “Boy Gets Girl,” from Nov. 9-11. Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl” offers up a disturbing thriller 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.

USF’s choral ensembles, Schola Cantorum, the Swingin’ Saints and Concert Chorale, will enliven the 2017 Christmas season with their annual Christmas at the Motherhouse performance. Musical masterworks including Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” will be complemented by jazz, African, and contemporary settings of works for Christmas. Paul Laprade will make his debut as Director of Choral Activities at this concert to be held on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 in the St. Joseph Chapel in the Motherhouse.

Join the Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. 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.

Events listed here are not comprehensive. For a full list of events taking place during this season, please visit stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

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