Past Seasons

2016-2017 Season

The Legends Live On!

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium
Tickets $35-$65 (Reserved Seating)

This award-winning show features music tied together by the bloodlines of legends including: Michael Allman (son of Greg Allman), Jeff Pitchell (voted Best Blues Band in New England and had a #7 CD on national Billboard charts), Claudette King (daughter of BB King) and Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles, voted as 2nd best singer of all-time).

Join these phenomenal, multi-talented artists for a wonderful evening of music!

Presented by: The Autorino Center for the Arts and Black Eyed Sally's

USJ Dance Ensemble Spring Show

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium
An evening showcasing work choreographed and performed by students and guest artists. Directed by Susan Murphy, USJ Dance Ensemble Adviser.
Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, and Students/Children: $5

Healing Blues Band

American Roots Festival
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

A collection of songwriters and musicians who teamed up with homeless citizens to write songs about their lives ranging from Gritty Blues and Acoustic Introspection, but all the while reminding us where the Blues really comes from.

Healing Blues Band Documentary and Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

Healing Blues Documentary and Panel Discussion with artists Dave Fox and Ted Efremoff.

This film documents the Healing Blues project in which homeless storytellers and musicians in Greensboro, NC collaborated to create the Healing Blues album.

Location: Bruyette Athenaeum, AV Room, 2nd Floor

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Lomax Project

American Roots Festival
Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratorybrings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and re-imagine traditional music.

The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O'Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage and more.

OPENING FOR JAYME STONE! Mama’s Marmalade, a Western MA-based string band that plays across multiple genres incorporating bluegrass, funk, blues, and folk into unique covers and original tunes. LEARN MORE HERE.

For more about the Lomax Project go here.


American Roots Festival
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

For more about RUNA go here.


American Roots Festival
Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concertis a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone's family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman's return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.

For more about Martha Redbone's Bone Hill Band go here.


American Roots Festival
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

American roots music performed by Jenny Scheinman, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe. Music by Jenny Scheinman, film by Finn Taylor and all footage shot by H. Lee Waters.

In this new project commissioned by Duke Performances, acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters.

From 1936-1942 Waters documented over 118 towns in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee in a collection he called "Movies of Local People." Waters traveled from town to town, filming people going about their lives in the small town South, then worked with local movie theaters to screen his silent shorts inviting his subjects for a wholly novel experience--to see themselves on the silver screen alongside Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, and the Hollywood stars of the time.

For more about Kannapolis go here.

Support received from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest

American Roots Festival
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Guggenheim Fellow and USA artist, Raphael Xavier, ventures further into a mature space for hip hop dance in Point of Interest.

The piece follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form. Xavier's goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form.

For more about Raphael Xavier go here.

Support received from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

HartBeat Ensemble: Jimmy & Lorraine

American Roots Festival
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 2 p.m

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Jimmy & Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50's and 60's through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry.

Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members including director Brian Jennings, has developed this new work and explored the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy & Lorraine, this new play holds up a mirror to America's history and sheds light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever changing multicultural society.

For more about HartBeat Ensemble go here.

Queenes Companye: Doubt: A Parable

Queenes Companye presents a production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable in the Bruyette Athenaeum's Hoffman Auditorium. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this thought-provoking drama focuses on the Bronx school principal Sister Aloysius. The sister takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The performances are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 7:30 p.m
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium


Women of the World: 2nd Annual Chapel Series

Singing for wisdom, respect, joy and peace.
Thursday, No. 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Connor Chapel of Our Lady

ADVANCE TICKET SALES: General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Women of the World perform original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist, in 29 languages! The four singers are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debora Pierre ( Haiti/United States), Giorgia Renosto (Italy).

Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms and musical vocabulary from all over the world. The popular and versatile Women of the World have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony.

For more about Women of the World go here.

5x5 Dance Festival

Connecticut's Premier Contemporary Dance Festival
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $20, Senior & Alumni: $15, Students: $10

USJ Students with ID: FREE

The 5x5 Dance Festival brings together choreographers, performers, educators and students to study and perform. Artists, students and audiences share their experience, talent and inspiration through master classes, workshops, discussions and performance. Click here for more information.

Noche Latina: Rick Reyes & The Pasofino Social Club

A night of celebration! Latin and Caribbean rhythms for a sound that's cross-cultural and highly danceable.
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 6 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $5

The Pasofino Social Club is your passport to travel across all the borders of the Latin music genres. With singer songwriter Rick Reyes as your tour guide, embark on a musical journey across the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Just as with a social club, the band brings you great diversity and plays with the complicity that friends and musicians only develop over many nights spent well after dark.

For more about Rick Reyes and The Pasofino Social Club go here.

Okee Dokee Brothers

GRAMMY Award-winning Americana Folk music, fun for the whole family!
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $15 Call our Box Office to receive: Family Price $40 for 4

Jo and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY award winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative.

"Children enjoy the Okee Dokee brothers. You will too. It's not only for the kids. It's for weary moms and stressed-out dads, silly uncles, eccentric aunts, weird cousins, and all your wild friends who think themselves to be hipsters, but who also love great music." - Journal of Roots Music

For more about Okee Dokee Brothers go here.

D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks - Sandglass Theater

This touching puppet-theater performance explores the rich creative potential of people living with dementia.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

D-Generation explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their world, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members.

Stories created by: The Residents of Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation using Timeslips, (a collective creative story telling model developed by Anne Basing).

For more about Sandglass Theater go here.

Spiritrials - Dahlak Brathwaite

Blurring the lines between hip-hop and theater, addiction, religion and the law in a timely exploration of the criminal justice system

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak's most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop dramatic performance. A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak's own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors - both internal and external - that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.

Written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite
Musical accompaniment by Dion Decibles
Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sean San Jose

To learn more about Dahlak Brathwaite go here.

PEP TALK- Hand2Mouth Theater

A theatrical celebration of coaches, teams and everyday heroes
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

"Like any good spirit squad, they had me roped in from the get go for their joyous descent into that pillar of American culture: the motivational pep talk." -Portland Mercury

PEP TALK celebrates coaches, teams, and everyday heroes. Combining the bravado of Muhammad Ali and the gravitas of Vince Lombardi with the unique skills of Hand2Mouth's veteran performers, PEP TALK creates an art/sport atmosphere that inspires audiences to reflect on the past, cheer on the present, and step from passive observers to activate participants. Learn more about Hand2Mouth.

Theater in Times of Crisis

Panel Discussion with Istjimam and HartBeat Ensemble about theater and social change from Algeria to Hartford
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, 2nd floor Reception Room


Istijmam, a collaborative of theater makers, moves outward from the manifestos of Brecht and Grotowski to repopulate the halga, Algeria's town square, and renew populist traditions. - More about Istjimam here.

HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond the traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender. More about HartBeat Ensemble here.


Capital Classics: Othello

In the event of rain, the show will go on in the Hoffman Auditorium
Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, July 15, 22, 29, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays July 16, 23, 30, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Sundays July 17, 24, 31, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Directed by Michael Nowicki, Capital Classics

This summer Capital Classics stages a play as timely now as it was over 400 years ago - "Othello" (Shakespeare's tale of jealousy, duplicity and destruction), as part of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival. The play tells the story of Othello, a victorious general in the ongoing wars who has become newly married as the curtain opens. He is reveling in the greatest moments of his life. Slowly his imagination is poisoned by Iago, his trusted adviser, whose ulterior motives lead him to stage the destruction of this happiness. As his world unravels, Othello's quick decisions and missteps rapidly spiral, and hero transforms to villain in one of Shakespeare's most haunting and emotionally powerful tragedies.

Family Music and Movie Series

In the event of rain, the show will go on in the Hoffman Auditorium
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Sam.i.te (Sæm ē tay) noun
1.a. World-renowned musician, b. Humanitarian, c. Photographer.
2. Born and raised in Uganda.
3. Travels the world bringing his message of peace and hope through the healing power of music.
4. "While performing, I see that people are able to forget their differences and join as one in the moment; my hope is for that moment to last. If we can make that moment last, the world will be a better place."

Join us for an evening of uplifting world music.

The LEGO® Movie™
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at dusk
Opening band: Bandshes 6:30pm

"THE LEGO® MOVIE™" (2014) rate PG
The original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

The Bandshes
The Bandshes came together by chance during the summer of 2013, just before their senior year at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and have developed a unique sound reminiscent of Regina Spektor and Doris Day. Their song "Lost Cities" is featured in the horror movie "Unfriended" released by Universal in 2015.

Survivors Swing Band
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:30 p.m.

The Survivors Swing Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. They are a 7-piece professional Jazz band, based in Connecticut, that plays the classic melodies from an era gone by ~ hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era and the two decades that followed. Pack a picnic, get on your dancing shoes and join us for a fun night of music!

Where the Wild Things Are
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at dusk
Opening band: Bandshes 6:30 p.m.

"Where the Wild Things Are" (2009) rated PG
"Let the wild rumpus start!" Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters - but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually stunning version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated children's classic, starring an amazing cast of screen veterans and featuring young Max Records in a fierce and sensitive performance as Max.

Trash Dance

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7 p.m.

Allison Orr, Forklift Dance Works
A documentary about a unique partnership between an Austin arts organization and the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department, featuring 24 employees and 16 large sanitation vehicles. “The Trash Dance is one of the most unique and inspirational productions I have seen.” ~Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison

Dance Ensemble Spring Show

Friday, April 23, 2016 7:30 p.m.

An evening showcasing work choreographed and performed by students and guest artists. Directed by Susan Murphy, USJ Dance Ensemble adviser.

From Refugee Camp to Project: A Cambodian Lullaby

Friday, April 22, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Cambodian refugee Sokeo Ros takes us on his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects, culminating in an epic return to the Cambodian village his family was driven from in the 1970's.

Exit 12 Dance Company/The Odyssey

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 2 p.m.

The Odyssey draws upon the works of Romare Bearden, Gil Scott­ Heron, and Homer to depict a veteran’s journey home. Exit 12, a nationally celebrated military veteran dance company, will perform this work-in-progress after a week-long developmental residency at USJ.

Queenes Companye presents: Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 7:30 pm.

Queenes Companye presents Romeo and Juliet, considered one of the greatest love stories of all time. Originally an all-female Shakesperean acting troupe, Queenes Companye is going back to its roots with an all-female cast for this show. As the oldest club on campus, Queenes Companye is excited to present this student-acted and produced play.

11th Annual Saint Patrick’s Celebration Concert

Sunday, March 13, 2016
1:30 p.m. Irish Brunch and Guinness Bar
2:30 p.m. Concert

Ringrose, Freeman & Friends, Featuring All-Ireland Champion John Whelan, playing traditional Irish music of the hearth and pub – plus dancers from the Griffith Irish Dance Academy! Come early for an Irish Brunch and a Guinness.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at 7 pm
Interweaving rarely-seen archival footage from over 100 sources and nine different countries, this film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with astounding private glimpses of Baldwin.

Autorino Center for the Arts & Black Eyed Sally’s Presents The Legends Live On! The Allman, Neville, Pitchell, Charles, King Show

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Featuring Michael Allman (son of Greg Allman), Charles Neville, (Grammy Award winner and a legendary Neville brother), Jeff Pitchell (voted Best Blues Band in New England and #7 CD on national Billboard charts), Claudette King (daughter of BB King) and Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles). Join these phenomenal multi-talented artists for a wonderful evening of music!

Live Stream of Daddy Long Legs

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
From the Tony-Award winning director of Les Miserables comes the intimate new musical Daddy Long Legs. Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie staring Fred Astaire - a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, and "Downton Abbey" - this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London.

Live stream to the Hoffman Auditorium. Open to the public.

Queenes Companye presents Return of the Soldier

Thursday, Nov. 19; Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Return of the Soldier is an original stage adaptation by Alison Pascale, based on the great war novel by Rebecca West. An intimate story of domestic life during World War I, Return of the Soldier tells the story of three women who intersect around a soldier who--having returned to England from the front--has lost fifteen years of his memory. This student written and acted show asks modern questions about fidelity, mental health and the home front effects of war through the lens of one home in 1916.

An Evening with the Soweto Gospel Choir

The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music and dance with audiences around the world.
Formed in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved incredible success in a very short time. They have toured the world, recorded five albums and two DVDs, and have won countless awards in South Africa, The United States and Australia. The choir has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. They are ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and their patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Sponsored by South African Airways.

"Vivacious mix of peerless voices and hi-energy dance is fun, glamorous, dignified and deeply enriching"- Nottingham Post

Concert to be held in The Connor Chapel of Our Lady
Pre-Show VIP Reception: Meet the Choir 5:30 p.m./ Concert 7 p.m., November 17 - $50.00
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5x5 Dance Festival

Showcase Performances: Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Master Classes: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Forums: Forums will be held on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

"One of the state's most important dance events, the 5x5 Dance Festival features interaction, performances, and master classes between professional and collegiate dancers."

Click here for more information including ticket information for performances, classes and the forums.

Noche Latina - Viva Latin America!

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.

"An evening of bilingual storytelling, digital images, folkloric dance, and traditional music from Latin America by Lorena Garay and Surcari."

13th Annual Spanish Language Film Festival
Films by Luis Buñuel and Benito Pérez Galdós.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Remarks/Comentarios, Benjamin Peters, Ph.D., University of Saint Joseph

Viridiana (1961)
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Remarks /Comentarios, Aracely Tinajero, Ph.D., Graduate Center and City College of New York (CUNY)

Tristana (1970)
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Remarks/Comentarios, Marc Longenecker, M.A., Wesleyan University

Films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sonia Plumb Dance Company: The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct.4, 2015 at 3 p.m.

A contemporary retelling of Homer's The Odyssey through modern dance, lighting and scenic effects, underwater video projections and original music.

Be sure to join us one hour before each performance for 30-minute discussion about “The Odyssey” with Dr. James Shivers from Hall High School.

Backstage Stories with Ben Vereen: an Interview with Colin McEnroe

The Arts Center at the University of Saint Joseph will host “Backstage Stories with Ben Vereen” Interviewed by Colin McEnroe. The show, which includes a 90 minute conversation, a Q & A with the audience, and a post-show meet & greet, will take place in the Hoffman Auditorium on the University’s main campus.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

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