“Godspell,” Romeo & Juliet Head Spring 2017 Music at Moser Schedule

Jan. 12, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The Music at Moser Performing Arts Series at the University of St. Francis (USF) has announced its spring 2017 performance lineup. Unless otherwise noted, Music at Moser presentations are held in the Moser Performing Arts Center at the university’s main campus, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet and admission is $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and non-USF students. USF students and staff are free. Tickets can be purchased online at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

The series begins on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Stomp your feet and dance in the aisles as this world-renowned band performs lively Eastern European/Jewish folk music that combines European melodies, jazz rhythms, and Dixieland energy. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band retains the soul of the Old World in its interpretation of klezmer while adding its own creativity, spirit, and humor to create a performance that is expressive, entertaining and uplifting.

On Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. USF’s own Swingin’ Saints, under the direction of Jessie Pellowski, will perform a variety of piece from the American vocal jazz repertoire. This performance will take place in San Damiano Hall, 603 Taylor St., at the Joliet campus.

This year’s spring musical, “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz, presents the gospel according to Matthew in a series of skits and songs. Jesus and his disciples are presented at loving clowns in this musical featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz and directed by USF’s Ernest Ray. Catch this lively production on Thursday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

The annual spring concert takes place on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and features the USF Concert Chorale. This group consists of upper high school and adult singers from the surrounding communities. This spring they will present a concert of African-American spirituals. Traditional and new arrangements will showcase the power, majesty, and emotional release of these vocal devotions. The Concert Chorale is directed by Willard Thomen.

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) spring concert “Romeo & Juliet,” under the direction of Alexandra Dee, will showcase music inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic love story through works by Bernstein, Delius, Rota and Tchaikovsky. Selections from a variety of sources and musical styles, including the concert stage, opera house, Broadway and Hollywood, will make an appearance on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.

The final performance for the series features the Schola Cantorum and the Singing Saints on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. The two groups will perform a selection of choral masterworks by Dunstable, Mozart, Brahms, Faure and others for their final concert of the season. They will also take a musical journey to the south side of Chicago to sing music that was associated with the company town of Pullman in its early days (ca. 1880 to 1910). Hear vocal rags, parlor songs, and work songs that were in the air in 1890s Pullman.

Additional performances by students and faculty are also scheduled that are not listed here. Please refer to stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser for the full schedule and tickets.

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