JJC Fine Arts Winter 2016 Holiday Concerts and Events

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department is proud to present its annual lineup of holiday concerts and events. The public is welcome to attend each one and enjoy some lively seasonal entertainment and dining:

Jazz Band Winter Concert, Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre, Main Campus

  • The Joliet Junior College Jazz Band is a college instrumental ensemble comprised of students and community members of high school age or older. Under the direction of Rich Moore, this community jazz band has achieved national recognition, having performed all over the nation.
  • Admission to the concert is $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens, JJC faculty and staff, non-JJC students; $2 for JJC students

JJC Community Band Winter Concert, Sunday Dec. 4, 3 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre, Main Campus

  • The band, under the direction of Music Coordinator and JJC Director of Bands Charles Morgan, will perform a variety of music at the concert, from marches and transcripts to original compositions.
  • The JJC Community Band is comprised of local residents, JJC students, and faculty.
  •  The first half will include “The Pathfinder of Panama” a rousing march by John Philip Sousa; “Aegean Fesival Overture” by Andreas Markris; “Grace” by Brian Balmages; and “Praise Jeruselem!” by Alfred Reed.
  • The second half will celebrate the season with “Sparkling Lights” by Matt Conaway; “Gesu Bambino” arranged by Rick Pierce for flute choir, “The Night Before Christmas”- narrated by Joliet Junior College’s President Dr. Judy Mitchell by Randol Alan Bass; and “A Holiday Rhapsody” by Larry MacTaggart; “Bashana Haba ‘Ah” arranged by Lloyd Conley; and “On This Day” arranged by Tom Wallace.  The concert will then conclude the concert with “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
  • Admission to the concert is $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens, JJC faculty and staff, non-JJC students; $2 for JJC students

Madrigala 2016, Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre, Main Campus 

JJC's MadriGala

JJC’s MadriGala

 Joliet Junior College will host the 39th annual MadriGala featuring the JJC Chamber Singers, brass quintet, and jesters under the musical direction of Phil Spencer, director of choral and vocal music at JJC since 2001.

  • MadriGala 2016 will feature merry madrigals and carols, pageantry, dance, and humor
  • Performers will include the JJC Chamber Singers, JJC Brass Quintet, and jesters. Special guests will be the 5th and 6th Grade Choir from Richland Junior High School, Crest Hill. During the interlude, a selection of savory hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served on the Bridge, prepared by JJC culinary arts students under the supervision of Chef Kyle Richardson.
  • The JJC Brass Quintet, under the direction of Charles Morgan, director of bands and brass, will provide Renaissance and seasonal instrumental music during the reception. The MadriGala staff also includes Nicki Blowers, stage manager and drama director.
  • Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office at (815) 280-2200. The deadline for purchasing advance tickets is Wednesday, Dec. 7. There will be very limited seating available at the door.

Carols and Chocolate Concert, Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre, Main Campus

    • Everyone is invited to the college’s 15th annual holiday concert tradition “Carols and Chocolate,” performed by the JJC Chorale and presented by Director of Choral and Vocal Music Phil Spencer.
    • The performance will feature a variety of choral music for the holiday season. The major work will be “Gloria” by Luigi Boccherini, an Italian composer of the 18th century. This concert will feature student soloists and instrumentalists in addition to the 45-voice community choir.  Special guests will be the Mixed Choir from Bolingbrook High School.
    • The concert will also include a variety of interesting and entertaining holiday carols and anthems including a Hanukkah carol, “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays”, and the humorous new carol, “Please Don’t Sing Another ‘Fa La La!’” In addition, the Chorale’s director will lead the audience in a jazzy carol sing-along from the piano.
    • After the concert, guests are invited to enjoy a buffet table of chocolates provided by local businesses and members of the 40-voice chorale.
    • Admission to the concert is $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens and non-JJC students; $2 for JJC students

Guitar and Percussion Ensemble Concert, Tuesday Dec. 13, 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre

  • Admission is $5 for general public; $4 for senior citizens


For more information about all Fine Arts holiday concerts and events, visit the department’s webpage at www.jjc.edu/fine-arts/Pages/default.aspx  or call  (815) 280-2223.


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