Spring 2018 Music at Moser Performances Announced

Dec. 21, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

Joliet, Ill.- The spring 2018 Music at Moser performing arts series begins in January and brings with it an energetic mix of classical, contemporary and global artists and performances. The spring semester features the annual spring musical, an instrument “petting zoo” and several performances by the USF vocal ensembles. A full list of performances and tickets can be found at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Joliet Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: “Peter and the Wolf”

January 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Free Admission

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.


Paul Kenyon, Professor of Piano at Olivet Nazarene University will perform select works from Shakespeare’s life and writings on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Guest Artist, Paul Kenyon: “Shakespeare at the Piano”

January 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

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.”



Akropolis Reed Quintet: “On the Town”

February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

The imaginative and energetic Akropolis Reed Quintet comes to USF on February 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed for “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” by 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.”


Zafa Collective

Fresh, classically-trained Chicago-based musicians, the Zafa Collective, will perform on February 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

February 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Turk Theater ǀ Tickets Required

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 Osvaldo Golijov’s exquisite “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” and Roger Zare’s evocative “Phoenix Song.”


USF Swingin’ Saints serve Culinary Jazz!

March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ San Damiano Hall (Motherhouse) ǀ Tickets Required

USF’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Swingin’ Saints, will perform a variety of pieces – many about food – from the American vocal jazz repertoire.


Spring Musical: “The Fantasticks”

April 5-7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and April 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

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. With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, this production will be directed by USF’s Director of Theater, Ernest Ray.


USF Concert Chorale’s Spring Concert: “Dance Away!”
April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

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, “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!


Joliet Symphony Orchestra: At the Movies!

April 21-22, 2018 at 3 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

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 classics like “Wizard of Oz” and Erich Korngold’s score to “Sea Hawk,”  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!


“American Tune”: A Spring Concert featuring the Schola Cantorum, Swingin’ Saints, and Concert Chorale
April 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ǀ Sexton Auditorium ǀ Tickets Required

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.”

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.

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