USF Music at Moser announces fall season

The Music at Moser concert series at the University of St. Francis begins its fall season on Friday, Oct. 3 with Ritmos Unidos.

The University of St. Francis Music at Moser series will begin its fall season of entertainment with the high energy Latin band, Ritmos Unidos, which will perform on Friday, Oct. 3.

The University of St. Francis Music at Moser series will begin its fall season of entertainment with the high energy Latin band, Ritmos Unidos, which will perform on Friday, Oct. 3.

Ritmos Unidos will deliver a high-energy experience combining dance music and jazz from the Americas at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. The band’s arrangements bring the sounds of Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the United States to stage. Led by Grammy-nominated percussionist Michael Spiro, the group has performed extensively throughout the Midwest. Ritmos Unidos will perform at 7:30 p.m.

All Music at Moser presentations are in the Sexton Auditorium 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, as well as for students. Reservations are recommended. For information or reservations, please call 800-735-7500. The fall season continues on Thursday, Oct. 30 with a Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Sexton Auditorium. Admission is complimentary.

Ars Antigua will present “The Wedding of Venice to the Sea, a program presenting the history of the yearly ceremony in which The Doge of Venice would lead a flotilla of gondolas into the lagoon to perform a ritual nuptial between Venice and the sea…sealed by casting a jewel encrusted Papal ring into the waves of Venice Lagoon.” The concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, includes works by Vivaldi, Caccini and Praetorius.

USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar and orchestral instruments on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary.

Blithe Spirit, the smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the celebrated playwright Noel Coward will be presented Thursday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sue Manner Turk Theater Watch as Charles and his second wife Ruth are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

New Music Concert, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, focuses predominantly on modern composition techniques, including twelve-tone, tone clusters, computer assisted composition, and performance events, as well as a few pieces harking back to impressionism and even some styles of the Baroque and Classical eras. The music is fascinating, and occasionally a little odd! The performers have a wonderful time creating engaging performances and help the audience to understand what is happening in the music. Admission is complimentary.

The USF Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jessie Pellowski, will present Candlelight Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Turk Theater. Admission is by donation. Christmas at the Moser Performing Arts Center will include two always-anticipated performances. “Amidst the Cold of Winter” – Christmas at the Motherhouse Concert by the Schola Cantorum, Concert Chorale, and Singing Saints & Singing Sinners will usher in the Christmas season with a wreath of choral music. The Schola Cantorum opens the concert with a Gregorian chant in a candlelight procession. Then the Singing Saints and the Concert Chorale join in with the Schola in a program featuring works by Praetorius, Victoria, Walton, Holst, and Britten, as well as traditional carols. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday, Dec. 6 in St. Joseph Chapel in the Motherhouse on the 500 Wilcox St., Joliet campus.

“Christmas Classics” by the Joliet Symphony Orchestra at USF features a mix of symphonic masterpieces and seasonal favorites. On the program are Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville;” Gershwin’s “American in Paris;” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride;” music from the animated hit “Frozen;” and more. Pianist Maria Yeh, winner of the JSO’s second annual concerto competition, is the superb soloist in Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Performances are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

The University of St. Francis serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.


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