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  • The Hobart Trio
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Hobart Trio is a chamber ensemble in residence at William Paterson University, comprised of WP music faculty. The piano, violin and cello trio’s repertoire encompasses the classics and works by contemporary composers.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
    Feb 01, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Come enjoy a concert by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents
    Swan Lake

    Feb 07, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Swan Lake
    Music By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

    Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theatere of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!  

    Admission: Gold Circle $65.00 •  Rear Orchestra $55.00 • Loge $45 .00 • Rear Loge $35.00


     

  • African Heritage Month Concert
    Pianist Christian Sands

    Feb 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Christian Sands is widely regarded as a leading young pianist on today's jazz scene. Mentored by the legendary pianist, educator and longtime WP artist-in-residence Dr. Billy Taylor, Sands has had his share of success as a member of Christian McBride's Grammy Award-winning trio and big band, an American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist, and performances with such artists as Wynton Marsalis and others. His music feature a wide array of influences, from hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and dirty blues.?

    Admission:  FREE

    Christian Sands


     

  • The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?

    Feb 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?
    Directed by Nicholas Rodriguez

    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon? examines perceptions of policing in America using original text, a contemporary dance vocabulary with elements of hip-hop, and an original music score. The Inner City Ensemble creates a vibrant urban landscape using the arts to begin a dialog on law enforcement and race relations. 

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission •  Free for WP students
    This performance is only open to local schools and WP students.
    For school reservations, please call 973.720.3178.

    Inner City Ensemble on Facebook


     

  • The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?

    Feb 15, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?
    Directed by Nicholas Rodriguez

    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon? examines perceptions of policing in America using original text, a contemporary dance vocabulary with elements of hip-hop, and an original music score. The Inner City Ensemble creates a vibrant urban landscape using the arts to begin a dialog on law enforcement and race relations. 

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission •  Free for WP students

    Inner City Ensemble on Facebook


     

  • Harold Mabern Quartet
    with saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Doug Weiss, drummer Joe Farnsworth

    Feb 18, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Powerhouse pianist Harold Mabern has been a member of the William Paterson jazz faculty for an amazing 36 years.  A veteran of bands led by Miles Davis, George Coleman and many others as well as recording numerous solo projects, Mabern continues to be in demand on the worldwide jazz scene, not losing an ounce of strength or energy.  As part of the continuing 40th anniversary Jazz Room season, this quartet is entirely comprised of Mabern’s former WP students who have all gone on to build significant careers.  The band will also feature two other special guests who are both WP alumni and Mabern's former students: trumpeter Fred Hendrix, and vocalist Alexis Cole will appear in a  purview of her April Jazz Room concert.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Harold Mabern


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Jen Chapin Trio

    Feb 23, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Jen Chapin has been celebrated for "brilliantly soulfully poetic urban folk music" (NPR) that? "brings a jazzy edge to the folk form" (The New Yorker). Chapin's? music reflects her musical upbringing and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups.

    Admission:  $25.00

    Jen Chapin


     

  • Trumpeter Junior Vega
    with William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble
    directed by Chico Mendoza

    Feb 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Junior Vega’s onstage presence combines with the high-energy WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by longtime faculty member Chico Mendoza.  In what has now become a tradition at these concerts, the guest soloist shares the spotlight with the talented improvising soloists who make up the membership of the Latin Jazz Ensemble.  The repertoire will consist of contributions from Junior Vega as well as arrangements from Chico Mendoza, in a concert that will certainly provide some heat on this winter afternoon.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Junior Vega Discography at Discogs


     

  • Women's History Month Concert
    Three Voices featuring
    Ann Roggen, viola • Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano • Tim McCullough, piano

    Mar 01, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Celebration of Women in Music – The 20th and 21st Century
    Works by Rebecca Clarke, Ursula Mamlok, Kati Agocs, Hilary Tann, and others

    Three Voices presents their brand of innovative repertoire and programming with a concert that focuses on several representative women musicians and composers from the 20th century through today.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The 39th Distinguished Lecturer Series,
    in conjunction with Food for Thought, presents
    An Evening with American Chef & Farm-to-Table Activist
    Alice Waters

    Mar 02, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Chatham, NJ native Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a farm-to-table movement that advocates for organic, sustainable, and locally sourced food for everyone. Waters’ restaurant, Chez Panisse, is ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” and her commitment to finding the highest-quality ingredients has created a network of farmers and purveyors dedicated to viable agriculture. Waters has authored ten books, including her memoir Coming to My Senses, which will be available for purchase.

    Book signing immediately follows lecture. 

    Admission:  $28.00 General Admission

    Alice Waters on Facebook


     

  • Joe Lovano
    with William Paterson Jazz Orchestra
    directed by David Demsey

    Mar 04, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Saxophonist Joe Lovano is one of the major voices on today’s jazz scene.  From his long relationships with the big bands of Woody Herman, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, to his tenure with the legendary Paul Motian-Lovano-Bill Frisell Trio, to his own best-selling recordings and touring bands, Lovano is one of the most influential saxophonists today.  For this event, Lovano returns “home” (he taught at WP for many years) to collaborate with the students of the WP Jazz Orchestra, including premieres of four new arrangements for this concert by WP graduate arranging students.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Joe Lovano


     

  • Iktus Duo
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Iktus Duo (flute and percussion) is an ensemble based in New York City that specializes in commissioning, promotion, and educational outreach of new music. 

    Admission:  FREE

    Iktus Duo


     

  • Almost Queen
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The most authentic QUEEN live show since the days of QUEEN themselves. A deliberate four piece band, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience.

    Admission: Orchestra $40.00 •  Loge $35.00

    Almost Queen


     

  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents
    Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series (YAS) Tour of
    Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

    Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM. 
    From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe.
    Based on an Idea by David McCall.
    Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall
    Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

    The Emmy Award - winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to Unpack Your Adjectives and do The Circulations!

    Recommended for grades 1 to 5.
    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
    Admission: Free for children (under 18) •  $8.00 Adults

    Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria
    Presented by the co-founder of the NJ Syrian Supper Club

    Mar 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?

    Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.

    Admission:  $10 Syrian Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    Syria Supper Club


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    Food Writers and Social Responsibility

    Mar 27, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Four prominent writers, including a former NY Times columnist, and the current restaurant editor of Food & Wine Magazine, discuss how food writers help shape what we eat.  This panel discussion offers a fascinating look at food trends, celebrity chefs, and the foodie nation.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Composer-In-Residence Day
    Mar 29, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Come hear our annual Composer-In-Residence Day concert.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    What’s Next After Farm-to-Table? Sidewalk to Table?

    Apr 04, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Members of the environmental/art and design collective SPURSE, authors of Eat Your Sidewalk, discuss food and the environment with Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of the former NYC farm-to-table restaurant Savoy. SPURSE will offer tastes of foraged foods during lecture.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Victor Wooten Trio
    Apr 05, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five time Grammy Award winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year three times in a row by Bass Player magazine and the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked #10 in the “Top Ten Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.

    Admission: $10.00 School Reservations*

    This performance is only open to WP students and local schools.
    For $10 school reservations, please call 973.720.3178.

    Victor Wooten


     

  • Victor Wooten Trio
    Apr 05, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five time Grammy Award winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year three times in a row by Bass Player magazine and the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked #10 in the “Top Ten Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.

    Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00

    Victor Wooten


     

  • WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Apr 06, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Special guests Chris Butler of The Waitresses, original MTV VJ Mark Goodman, and SiriusXM’s 1st Wave host Lori Majewski join WP student tribute band Sweet Dreams in a fundraising concert for WP music scholarships. Showcasing the work of  the best female artists of the early MTV years—from Madonna to the Pointer Sisters to Tina Turner, Grammy Award-winner (with Lady Gaga) Rob Fusari directs this celebration of the best in ‘80s music. Special video appearance by ABC’s Martin Fry.

    All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.

    Admission: $25 General Public • $20 William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens  • $10 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID


     

  • David Bromberg Big Band
    Apr 07, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it’s all about the blues! His incredible musical journey spans over 50 years, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.

    Admission: Gold Circle $‎50.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $‎45.00 • Rear Loge $‎40.00

    David Bromberg


     

  • Joey DeFrancesco Quartet
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Grammy-nominated Philadelphia-based organist Joey DeFrancesco has been a fixture on the jazz scene since his discovery by Miles Davis in the 1980s.  He has recorded more than 30 albums since his 16-year-old debut on Columbia Records, and has played internationally with such luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Larry Coryell, Frank Wess, John McLuaghlin, Elvin Jones, George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, and many others.  DeFrancesco’s swinging Philly exuberance will shine during this concert with his own working band – and as a bonus, his top-level trumpet playing will be showcased as well!

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Joey DeFrancesco


     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 14, 2018.

    Admission:  TBD


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra

    Apr 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Food for Thought Series presents
    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra

    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra performs with freshly prepared instruments made out of vegetables like a saxophone-soundalike “cucumberphone”, pumpkin bass drums struck with lemon grass, various carrot flutes, Butternut Squashes that carry the sound of brass instruments, and other really cool inventions. Kids will never look at their vegetables the same way!

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
    Appropriate for all ages

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra


     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    Admission:  TBD


     

  • Mark Giuliana Quartet
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    William Paterson jazz alumnus, drummer Mark Giuliana has become one of the leaders among modern drummers, bridging styles between jazz, swing, funk and hiphop with his tremendous technique and command.  Giuliana was already a well-known member of the young jazz community, and his career skyrocketed when he was a member of the trio that backed the legendary David Bowie on Bowie’s final album.  Giuliana continues our 40th anniversary alumni celebration as he brings his working jazz quartet to our stage, performing his own compositions and inspiring our students.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Mark Giuliana


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

    Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.

    Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.

    Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone  program, Syria Supper Club. 

    Admission:  $10.00 Heritage Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    The United Tastes of America


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    A Cook on the Wild Side
    Film and Discussion

    Apr 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Film and Discussion

    Does environmental sustainability mean it’s okay to poach, hunt and forage? Celebrity chef, food writer and environmentalist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, tackles these sometimes-controversial issues. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE, which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Broadway Backstage!
    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Apr 27, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Broadway Backstage!

    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Broadway Backstage! is one of the most unique and satisfying theatrical experiences available for contemporary audiences of today. From their starring roles in Broadway’s most popular musicals such as ChicagoWicked, Les MiserablesMamma MiaEvita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, six Broadway stars belt out the tunes that they sing for thousands every night on the Great White Way! Hear their backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, 'big break' moments, and other insider stories - while enjoying songs from your favorite Broadway shows!

    Admission: $48.00 Gold Circle • $45.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $42.00 Rear Loge?

    Broadway Backstage!


     

  • Vocalist Alexis Cole
    Apr 29, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Award-winning vocalist Alexis Cole is at the heart of today’s New York jazz vocal and cabaret scene.  After graduating from William Paterson in the mid-90s, she became a member and featured vocal soloist with the remarkable jazz big band ensemble at West Point Academy.  Today, she has moved on to establish a major reputation as a virtuoso vocalist, in command of a wide array of repertoire and always in touch with the jazz traditions.  Today’s backing trio also consists of fellow William Paterson alumni, including two recent arranging master’s degree recipients, pianist/musical director Scott Arcangel, and drummer Joe Spinelli.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Alexis Cole


     

  • Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was
    May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    James D’Amico Productions presents
    Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was
    Featuring Classic Stones Live and The Cast of Beatlemania

    It has been a hotly debated topic for fifty years: which group captured the hearts of more fans – The Beatles or The Stones? Experience the music that shaped a generation as the super tribute groups the cast of Beatlemania and Classic Stones Live square off for a Battle Royale!

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge?

    James D'Amico Productions