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‘Game-changing’ new acoustics of Terry Concert Hall to be on display in Nov. 6 concert

A spacious, versatile stage, finely tuned acoustics, premium lighting, custom sound-proofing and additional enhancements means a completely reimagined Terry Concert Hall has become a “game-changer” gift to students and the community, making it one of the finest facilities its size in Jacksonville.terryconcerthall-renovations-2016_3

That gift will be unwrapped at a free, expansive rededication concert in the 25-year-old performance venue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

“Our music faculty and students are extremely excited about the new hall and are very anxious to perform in the space,” said College of Fine Arts Dean Dr. Henry Rinne. “With this upgrade, our primary music venue on campus has become a state-of-the-art performance facility that will serve the CFA and JU community for many years to come.”

Dr. Henry Rinne
Dr. Henry Rinne

A $600,000 facelift made possible with funds from the University’s Florida EPIC (Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation and Commerce) Program, the months-long project was designed to expand the possibilities of the performance space in the auditorium to host a much wider variety of events, large and small.

“The renovations are a game-changer for our students and their musical training. The expanded stage will allow us to present music requiring larger personnel such as major symphonic/choral works, while remaining an ideal size for chamber music, jazz and solo recitals,” said Dr. Timothy Snyder, Associate Professor of Music and Music Division Chair. “The new sound is lush, resonant and reverberant. The newly installed acoustic banner system along the back and side walls allows us to adjust the sound to suit the music, bringing us great flexibility we never had before.”

Dr. Timothy Snyder
Dr. Timothy Snyder

The upgrades to the two-level facility with balcony, which are the first major renovations since it opened in 1991, include:

  • An enlarged stage to create an additional 12 feet of depth and 250 square feet of space.
  • Refinished stage floor.
  • Custom-designed Diva Shell system by the Wenger Corp. for the stage and auditorium walls, acoustically tuned for a warmer, more resonant, optimum sound.
  • A Diva system set of banners that can be lowered in front of the shell surface to further tune the acoustics of the room.
  • New carpet, paint, and faux-wood wall coverings to create a more attractive ambience surrounding the audience and performers.
  • New entrance doors to the hall and sound-proof doors for all on-stage entrances.
  • New LED lighting on stage and above the audience, and a new dimmer bank for controlling the on-stage lighting.

Attendees to Sunday’s concert will hear a variety of soundscapes, from the Jacksonville University Singers, solo student instrumentalists and the talented faculty of the Music Division. A champagne reception will follow.

“Our students, alumni and faculty have prepared an outstanding program representing the musical diversity that is a strength of our Music Division,” Snyder said. “Music theater, Mozart, jazz, chamber music, solo works, contemporary and folk music; the program is a celebration of music at JU — its past, present and future.”

Sunday’s concert program is below. To avoid waiting in line at the box office, tickets can be printed at home at jutickets.com. Using the website also allows attendees to pick up tickets at the box office at Will Call, or they can call (904) 256-7665 to order over the phone.



Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano (1958)                                                                               Gordon Jacob


  1. Allegro


Les Roettges, flute

Eric Olson, oboe

Scott Watkins, piano


Bredon Hill                                                                                                                                George Butterworth


Jay Ivey, baritone

Scott Watkins, piano


String Quartet in F major                                                                                      Maurice Ravel


  1. Allegro moderato—très doux


Honors String Quartet

Edward Latimer and Emilia Liang, violins

Mamie Lue Small, viola

Timothy Stephen, violoncello

Marguerite Richardson, director


Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in D Major, K.381/123a                                                   W.A. Mozart


III. Allegro molto


Benjamin Beck, piano

Christine Couch, piano


Trio in A Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 36 (1890)                                                           Otto Malling


  1. Finale: Presto

Marguerite Richardson, violin

Shannon Lockwood, cello

Scott Watkins, piano


Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2                                                                    Johannes Brahms


  1. Allegro amabile


Atanas Kocev, clarinet

Benjamin Beck, piano


Anthem from Chess                                                                 Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus

Alec Hadden, baritone

Jay Ivey, piano


Vienna                                                                                                                                           David Friedman

(b. 1944)

Tony Steve, vibraphone


Five Songs                                                                                                                                     Samuel Barber


transcribed for viola by Peter Dutilly


The Daisies (1927) – Op. 2, No. 1 – text by James Stephens

“… I saw my dear one walking slow,
 In the field where the daisies are.”


A Nun Takes the Veil (1937) – Op. 13, No. 1 – text by Gerard Manley Hopkins

“… And I have asked to be Where no storms come…”


A Green Lowland of Pianos (1972) – Op. 45, No. 2 – text by Czeslew Milosz

“…they are entranced by froggish, moonish spontaneity…”


Now have I fed and eaten up the rose (1972) – Op. 45, No. 1 – text by James Joyce

“…Only I wonder was it white or red The flow’r in the darkness my food has been.”


Sure on this shining night (1938) – Op. 13, No. 3 – text by James Agee

“… High summer holds the earth. Hearts all whole.”

Peter Dutilly, viola

Scott Watkins, piano


Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48                                                          Carl Maria von Weber


  1. Allegro con fuoco

Dillon Acey, clarinet

Benjamin Beck, piano


Conception                                                                                                                                     George Shearing                (1919-2011)

Jazz Combo I

Deandre Lettsome, alto saxophone

Jonah Pierre, piano

Mamie Lue Small, double bass

Aaron Jennings, drums

John Ricci, director


All My Trials                                                                                                     Bahamian Spiritual Song

Beautiful City from Godspell                                                                                                     Stephen Schwartz

University Singers

Timothy Snyder, director


Jacksonville University Alma Mater

Sung by All

On the banks of the wide St. Johns

Stands our Alma Mater dear,

Where by striving and through our friendships,

We find a pathway clear.

It’s the place where our thoughts return

As through this busy world we roam.

For our memories will always lead us

Back to our college home.