Press Release

Disney’s The Lion King

Jan 31st – Feb 11, 2018

Times-Union Center – Moran Theater

300 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

As kids we all remember Timon and Pumba singing to Simba “Hakuna Matata” which means, no worries for the rest our days. However it was allowing him to feel the need to express himself freely throughout the Serengeti in hopes of following his dads legacy which was left behind. Here we have Giraffes strutting. Birds swooping. Gazelles leaping. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award -winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award -winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award -winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.


Isabella Sanchez: Press Release (Overdue)

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Name: Isabella Sanchez


First Fall Recital of the Year for Michelle Brock-Kemp’s Voice Studio!

Jacksonville, FL – Performing live at Sam Mark’s chapel located in Jacksonville University, the voice students of Michelle Brock-Kemp will be performing their first fall recital of the year! It will take place on December 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm and all are welcome to come! Consisting of about 10 singers, each individual will perform a number of unique and well-known pieces, such as, “Sound of Music” from the musical Sound of Music and, “My True Love” from Phantom. The music ranges from classical to musical theatre repertoire. 

All of these female singers first learn their pieces at the beginning of the fall semester, and through this recital they are able to showcase their musical skills and talents. You don’t want to miss these powerful performances, so come on out and enjoy the show! Admission is free. 

Erin Seaton Press Release

Aida Shines and Captivates Audiences”


December 8, 2017 — Jacksonville, FL — The Tony Award-winning musical Aida, with music and lyrics composed by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, will be taking the stage at Jacksonville University on February 15, 17, 23, and 25, 2018.


Aida depicts the story of a forbidden romance between Nubian princess Aida and Radames, successor to the Egyptian throne. Entwined with pop-rock ballads such as “Written in the Stars” and “The Gods Love Nubia” and characterized with eye-catching dance numbers, audiences of all ages will be enamored with the tragic tale of Aida.


The show will be directed by Professor Kimberly Beasley, soprano. With other spectacular performances such as Children of Eden, Spring Awakening, and The Light in the Piazza under her belt, Beasley is not unaccustomed to thrilling audiences by showcasing the talents of the performing arts students at Jacksonville University. Esther Olivo and Sade Crosby share the title role of Aida, with other supporting roles split between two casts.


Tickets can be purchased on JU students receive free admission upon presenting their JU student ID, and general admission is $10. You won’t want to miss this amazing performance!

Angie Acedera – Press Release

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“Make We Joy: Songs of the Season”

December 9, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall, Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL 32211

The Jacksonville University Choirs and Brass Ensembles are proud to present the annual “Make We Joy: Songs of the Season” concert. This concert will showcase two new ensembles — Choral Union, and the River Tones. Choral Union is directed by Dr. Timothy Snyder, and is composed of not only students, but alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The River Tones is JU’s new show choir, under the direction of Professor Dinah Barone. JU’s new student-lead a cappella group, VOX, will also be debuted.

The concert will highlight marvelous works, such as Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Hassler’s Verbum Caro Factum Est, Taverner’s The Lamb, and Esenvalds’ Stars. Additionally, to keep with the Christmas holiday spirit, traditional carols will also be sung in conjunction with the audience.

Bring family and friends to this wonderful performance and experience the joyful time to reflect on the upcoming holiday season. It will be a performance for everyone to enjoy.

Daniel Hubert – Press Release




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Make we Joy! A Holiday Tradition Continues

 Come and join the Jacksonville University Choirs and Brass Quintet for an evening of spirited music from around the globe! This annual performance has become a highly anticipated holiday tradition in Jacksonville over the past decade and continues this year with all new additions. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the exiting new a cappella group; Vox, as they perform a brilliant, original arrangement of some holiday favorites. Show choir; The Rivertones will put an intriguing spin on the classics with modern arrangements and original choreography.  JU’s full choral ensemble will perform everything from energetic South African songs to the masterpieces of Mozart. Holiday spirit will fill the room during several traditional carols, which audience members will have the opportunity to participate in. The program will be performed twice; Saturday, December 9th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 10th at 6:00pm. Both concerts are free to attend and will be held at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall and All Saints Episcopal Church, respectively.


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Press Release: Music for War and Peace (late assignment)

Press Release: Music for War and Peace

Marisa Marts

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

December 4th, 2017

In a University themed showcase, join the Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble as they present Music for War and Peace. The Wind Ensemble will open the program with American Salute by Morton Gould, a variation written in 1943 to the tune ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again’. From this opener, the group will move to the heart of Germany featuring Das Berliner Requiem by Kurt Weill, a 1928 composition based off the poems of Bertolt Brecht. Featured soloists are Matt Morgan – Tenor, Jay Ivey – Baritone, and Anthony Offerle – Bass. Traveling across the continent, Music for Prague 1968 by Karel Husa portrays the Russian invasion into the beautiful city of Prague, Czechoslovakia. This piece portrays the many aspects of war: chaos, panic, rebellion, pursuit of liberty, and cries for peace. Commando March, a piece composed by American composer Samuel Barber will wrap up the War section of the program. Following the sounds and conflict of war will come the relief and resolution of peace. Pacem (A Hymn for Peace) by Robert Spittal and Rejoicing in the Beauty of Peace by Alfred Reed will wrap up the concert and portray the beauty that is achieved through peace of conflict. The Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble consists of musicians varying in career paths, from Music Performance, to Music Business and Education, this roughly 60-member ensemble features players from all over the United States with various music backgrounds that come together to play a wide variety of literature for Wind Band.

Press Release– Sade Crosby

“Almost There: A Senior Showcase”

January 18th, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Blackbox Theatre, Phillips Fine Arts Building, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL 32583

Jacksonville University is proud to present “Almost There: A Senior Showcase” featuring BFA Musical Theatre Senior, Sade Crosby. This showcase is a culmination of Miss Crosby’s time as a student at JU and will highlight some of her favorite pieces, with music ranging from Broadway’s Golden Age to popular showtunes of today.

Sade has always been passionate about theatre arts and has been performing for almost 14 years. You might have seen her as Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical at The 5 & Dime, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q at Amelia Community Theatre, and Yonah in Children of Eden at Jacksonville University. Following her recital, Sade will be returning to the Swisher Theatre stage one last time as the title role in JU’s spring production of Aida.

For the past 3 years, Sade has had the privilege of studying under Associate Professor of Voice, Kimberly Beasley. Performing alongside Sade will be some of Jacksonville’s most accomplished singers including Shauna Clark, Chelsea Diaz, Savannah Elam, Carley Levy, Esther Olivo, Mike Yarick, and Kelly Wolfe. Admission for this event is free so be sure to join Sade for a night that is sure to entertain!

*For more information, please visit Sade Crosby’s website at or contact her at

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The Jacksonville Symphony Holiday Pops

Get into the holiday spirit this year with The Jacksonville Symphony! The family favorite, Holiday Pops is back this year for six performances starting December 7th and continuing through December 10th.

Highlights of this year’s performance consist of well-known Hanukah melodies, Christmas classics, and the must-have Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

This year’s event consists of guest vocalists, the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, accompanied dancers from the Douglas Anderson Schools of the Arts Dance and Theater program, and a performance by the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Choir. This family friendly performance includes the grand finale of Jacksonville’s only guaranteed snowfall! All ages are sure to enjoy the show.

This is a performance guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit, you don’t want to miss it!

Aida Press Release- Emily Pate

“AIDA- The Hit Broadway Musical”

Nov. 27th 2017 Jacksonville, FL

Award-Winning Pop musical by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Jacksonville University proudly presents “Aida”, hosted in Swisher Theater February 15, 17, 23, and 25th 2018.

In a time of war, enslavement, and abuse comes the tragic and timeless love story of Aida, a Nubian Princess turned palace slave and Rademes, captain of the Egyptian guard and hero of conquering Egypt. Along with hiding their love from the Nubian Slaves, Rademes must keep forbidden love hidden from his betrothed, the princess of Egypt, Amneris. Composed by Tony and Grammy Winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice, this Broadway hit proves that love truly stands the test of time.

Jacksonville University’s College of Fine Arts produces performances at the highest level, presenting other Broadway hits such as Urinetown, Spring Awakening, and Children of Eden. Associate professor of voice Kimberly Beasely is at the masthead as director with the talented Ben Beck as music director.

This production of “Aida” will feature two talented casts, featuring the talents of Sade Crosby, Esther Olivo, Charlotte Adams, Emily Pate, and LJ Glanton, as well as a superb ensemble. These students will bring to life hit songs such as “My Strongest Suit”, “Written in the Stars”, and many more.

“Aida” will take Swisher Stage at Jacksonville University February 15th, 17th, and 23rd at 7:30 PM and February 25th at 3 PM. Student tickets are free, with general admission for $10. For additional information about parking, special accommodations, or to order tickets ahead, visit, or call (904)-256-7611.


Joseph Brown Press Release

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Jacksonville,Fl:  The program will explore “Music for War and Peace”. The concert will be featuring Kurt Weill’s 1928 cantana  ” Das Berliner Requiem” for three males and wind orchestra, based on poems Bertolt Brecht.  The soloists are tenor Matt Morgan, baritone Jay Ivey, bass Anthony Offerle. The concert will also feature a celebrated work by Czech composer Karel Husa, “Music for Prague 1968”, a work based on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The music vividly describes emotional images of the Czech people: calls of distress, acts of resistance, sounds of tragedy and hope, and symbols of liberty. This powerful work has received thousands of performances since its premiere in 1969. “American Salute” is the title of a recording by Chet Atkins with Arthur Fiedler and released in 1972. ” Commando March” composed by one of America’s greatest composer Samuel Barber. ” Pacem a hymn of peace” by Robert Spittal and Alfred Reed’s “Rejoicing in the Beauty of Peace”. The JU Wind Ensemble is directed by Artie Clifton, JU Associate Professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts.  The ensemble consist of about 50 members group of wind and percussion players who study and perform music from the traditional and contemporary wind band literature.