Enjoy this special free afternoon concert featuring the fresh sounds of student ensembles from our Summer Jazz Workshop.
WP Voice presents a reading of Clint Edwards' new musical, Whitman's War, performed by WP students and faculty.
Iktus Duo (flute and percussion) is an ensemble based in New York City that specializes in commissioning, promotion, and educational outreach of new music.
The WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles combine for an epic performance of Robert Morris’s Oracles.
Please note: the rain date/time will be Saturday, September 20, 1:00 p.m.
WP jazz faculty member Pete McGuinness leads a 16-piece big band in a public premiere of McGuinness’s new compositions and arrangements. This rare and exciting concert will be a run-up to the group’s recording session for McGuinness’s new CD project, featuring performances of his new works.
The only show of its kind--CSNsongs plays all your favorites like Teach Your Children, Suite: Judy, Our House, Love the One You're With, and the list goes on. If you love the music of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, then you will love the CSNsongs show.
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge
This performance will feature over thirty, one-minute world premiere pieces for unaccompanied chorus, including the works of four WP composers.
This duo features WP music faculty member and bass trombonist Tim Newman, who is a veteran of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and tours with They Might Be Giants, paired with WP jazz alumnus and newly arrived WP adjunct faculty David DeMotta. The relationship of these two top-level jazz performers and scholars began as student-teacher mentorship and evolved into performing colleagues, showcased on this invigorating concert.
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Join Ecological Art & Design Collective SPURSE to identify and pick unique edible plants, and then snack on wild greens and spontaneously fermented drinks while discussing the pleasures and politics of foraging.
Meet at Shea Center Lobby
Admission: $10 • WP students admitted free with ID
There will be another Foraging Hike on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 1:00pm. This is a separately ticketed event.
WP music faculty member Payton MacDonald, along with Ina Filip and Shawn Mativetsky, bring their extensive knowledge and remarkable playing of Dhrupad, a 700-year-old tradition of Indian classical music that is noted for its majestic and meditative quality.
There will be another Foraging Hike on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018 at 9:30am. This is a separately ticketed event.
Let’s Hang On! is the premiere experience to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons music and pays respect to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This full-blown stage production includes all the great Four Seasons’ mega hits like: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, December ’63, Who Loves You, and more. Take a trip down memory lane with some of the best music from the 1960s.
Let’s Hang On!
The Jazz Room’s 41st season kicks off with the triumphant return of the legendary NEA Jazz Master after his unfortunate Jazz Room concert postponement from a year ago, leading his trio joined by the historic Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Harris is a true bebop pioneer and a rare connection to that formative jazz era that is the foundation of so much of today’s music. He is a product of historic collaborations with such giants as Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Thad Jones, and countless others. His energy and musical strengths are undiminished by his age and will be showcased in this performance.
Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day NOTE: An original ticket stub from Harris’s postponed November 2017 concert will earn free admission to this event!
Barry Harris Larry McKenna at All About Jazz
WP music faculty members Joseph Kimura and Carl Boleia will perform a program inspired by dance, including Chopin’s Op. 3and Introductionand Polonaise Brillante, Stravinksy's Suite Italienne, and solo piano music by American composer, William Bolcom, in celebration of his 80thbirthday.
Vocalist René Marie hasforged a reputation as not only one of the top singers in current jazz, but also as a versatile arranger, composer, and theater performer. Guided and tempered in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.
Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day
The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan Directed by Jerry Beal
Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.
Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni
Performances:October 23-28, 2018Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
The ensembles, along with alumni and other area professionals, will present a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.
Jack Fry’s award-winning new solo show explores Einstein’s earlier years in Berlin as he struggled to prove this theory of relativity and prove his relativity as a father. “A triumphant theatrical experience that captures the heart and mind as the audience is invited into the psyche of history’s greatest physicist.” Recommended for ages 12 and up
Admission: $10 Schools • Call 973-720-3178 for reservations
WP music alumnus Matthew Pidi and Matthew Kaplan perform music for classical guitar from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.
Performances: October 23-28, 2018 Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
With undeniable sensuality and passion, world class Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater dancers present the music, songs, and dances of Spain in a variety of innovative ballets, traditional folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas from medieval times in Iberia to twenty-first century Spain.
Admission: $19 Orchestra • $12 Loge • WP students admitted free with ID
Guitarist Gene Bertoncini was an early protégé of Buddy Rich, was a member of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and has longtime associations with Tony Bennett and Benny Goodman, to name a few. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is an accomplished composer. He also produced three Carly Simon albums and recorded with Dire Straits, Laura Nyro, David Sanborn, and Michael Franks. This all-star duo will co-lead a quartet as part of a Bertoncini-led CD recording project.
Gene Bertoncini Mike Mainieri at NYC Records
Join us for a special pre-Veteran’s Week celebration as we present excerpts from six plays that highlight on the experience of women in the military.
Two Performances - Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 at 12:30pm and 7:00pm
Experience “that old time Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the Brooklyn Bridge, The Drifters, and Jersey’s own The Duprees and Uncle Floyd. A show that is sure to please fans of doo wop and music of the 50s and 60s.
Admission: Orchestra $59 • Loge $49
The Brooklyn Bridge The Duprees The Drifters
Renee Rosnes is a true piano master and an exciting arranger, with twelve albums, nine of which were recorded on the Blue Note label. She recently won the 2017 Canadian Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year. Her all-star quartet features vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White.
How do we as citizens participate in the making of the sciences? Join the ecological design team of SPURSE for a fascinating discussion of a critical topic.
Please Note: Date and time are subject to change. Continue to check our website or call the box office for updates. Location announcement coming soon.
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Behaving Badly ventures into the realm of the impolite, the mischievous, and the generally ungovernable with an evening of stories about those who consider what is right and still do wrong.
Check back on our website to find out which stars will be performing at the Shea Center.
Admission: $25 • WP students admitted free with ID
Two Performances - Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly
Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out! Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the decades including Lady Marmalade, It’s Raining Men, Man I Feel Like A Woman, I Will Survive, and more. See the Off-Broadway sensation that has audiences laughing nationwide!
Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35
Girls Night: The Musical on Facebook
A true national treasure, Jimmy Heath joins the powerful WP Jazz Orchestra in a program of his arrangements of his own original compositions such as “Gingerbread Boy,” “For Minors Only,” “CTA,” and “A Sound for Sore Ears.” The ageless virtuoso tenor and soprano saxophonist has played with a who’s-who of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and many others. Heath returns to the Shea stage as part of his valued relationship with William Paterson’s jazz studies program.
26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel
The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.
Performances: November 13-18, 2018 Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18 The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences. The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastary will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.
Opening Ceremony The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with chants and music, before drawing the design.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour
Construction of the Compassion Mandala From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite.
Hours to view the Mandala creation: Wednesday, November 14 until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 16 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17 10:00 a.m. -Noon
Lecture: Meditation for Focus and Stress Relief
Lecture: The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach
WP Opera presents students in captivating and delightful scenes from diverse opera and musical theatre works.
Closing Ceremony and Hike Traditionally most sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion, as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. Participants may join the monks as they hike to disperse the sand.
Sacred Music Sacred Dance Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform the multiphonic chanting of ancient temple music and dance for world healing.
The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has been on the forefront of the percussive arts since 1968. A new documentary film by Payton MacDonald chronicles the development of the ensemble, with extensive interview footage from members of the group, as well as founder Ray DesRoches, composers Charles Wuorinen, Robert Pollock, David Saperstein, and many others. The film also includes historical footage and new performances.
Screenings on November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Experience the internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, a holiday tradition that has wowed audiences worldwide. Get your tickets now!
Admission: $65 Gold Circle • $55 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $45 Rear Loge. Premium packages are available by calling the box office.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Cynthia Sayer has taken on the rare status as a jazz banjo performer. As a virtuoso and spokesperson for the instrument, Sayer appeared on the PBS documentary “Give Me the Banjo.” She is one of the founding members of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band and has performed as part of four of his movies. Her fabulous playing cemented her place in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame as a contemporary performer.
The ensembles will perform a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.
A Story About the Life of a River This allegorical tale features over three dozen mask and puppet characters, great live music, and a gorgeous hand-printed bio-morphic set design. Along this fantastic voyage, a host of creatures offer insight into their particular role in a watershed’s ecosystem. The performance combines art, ecology and social action.
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Admission: $10 Schools • Call 973.720.3178 for reservations.
Arm of the Sea Theater
The concert will feature the J.S. Bach cantata, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131,in addition to seasonal choral favorites.
WP Sensory Friendly Performances presents Theaterworks USA’s Pete The Cat Books and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond Music by Will Aronson Originally Directed and Choreographed by Dan Knechtges Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Rasmussen
Based on the popular book series by Kimberly and James Dean, this rollicking musical follows Pete the groovy blue cat and Jimmy Biddle on a new adventure of friendship and inspiration.
Recommended for grades Pre-K through 3
Please note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children on the autism spectrum. Please call 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.
Judy Woodruff—one of the world's most prominent female journalists—brings groundbreaking reporting experience, sharing insights on the Trump Administration, Congress and the changing political landscape. Join us in our 40th year, for an in-depth look at the Midterm election results, and an analysis of what is to come.
Judy Woodruff at PBS.org
Enjoy the laughter as WP students from the advanced Stand-up II class take their final exam by performing live at New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club!
Please call 212.367.9000 for reservations.
This six-piece ensemble creates an epic wall of sound Led Zeppelin fans have never before experienced. Here are all your Zeppelin favorites, note perfect--right off the album...exactly the way Jimmy Page meant them to be heard!
Tickets: $43 Orchestra • $38 Loge
Laugh the loudest for your favorite improvisation! In this comedic tour de force, WP students prompt suggestions from the audience and create improvisations that will have you rolling in the aisles!
For information please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sketches are written and performed by WP students in a fun-filled evening of laughter. If you like Saturday Night Live, then this is the show for you!
The Imagination Movers bring their positivity and enthusiasm to the Shea Center stage in this interactive holiday treat for the whole family.Their live stage show has been praised by Parenting magazine and inspires children to "reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!" This is the perfect show to get your kids in the holiday spirit.
Admission: $25 • $55 VIP seating and meet-and-greet (limited to 150 tickets)
The Imagination Movers
Share in the laughter as WP students from the stand-up introduction class take their final exam by performing live at one of New York City’s premier comedy clubs!
Please call the Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000 for reservations.
Celebrate the season with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love in a special holiday concert featuring the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Homeand hits like He’s a Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Forbidden Nights, and more. “The Queen of Christmas” –David Letterman “One of the greatest singers of all time” -Rolling Stone
Admission: $52 Gold Circle • $45 Rear Orchestra/Loge
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