World renown, Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana was the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition. Aldana’s musical style is a combination of her Chilean musical roots and her own brand of swing and modern jazz harmonies. She has performed on the world’s grandest stages and brings her otherworldly talents to the Shea Center.
3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket WP students are admitted free with ID.
This engagement is funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
WP New Music Series
WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
University Music William Paterson University Symphony Conducted by Sandra Dackow
The Ganda Boys and Yael Deckelbaum with Kristen Hoffmann
One United Movement, through music and enlightened words, sharing a universal message of non-violence
On a mission for peace, The Ganda Boys deliver lively performances that both energize and connect fans through the power of love. Their music, as heard on “The Forgotten People,” addresses the unprecedented flow of over 60 million displaced people from troubled countries around the world. By their side is Yael Deckelbaum, an award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer-songwriter and activist (similar to Joan Baez), whose music carries a message of hope. Her song “Prayer of The Mothers” was the anthem for Women Wage Peace, a movement of Palestinian and Israeli women advocating for a two-state solution. They are joined by American singer-songwriter Kristin Hoffmann, in hopes of making the world a better place.
Admission: $10 General Admission for schools.Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.
The Ganda Boys Yael Deckelbaum Kristen Hoffmann
The faculty and students of the William Paterson jazz studies program celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jazz Room Series, the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation. The 18-piece WP Jazz Orchestra will be featured, performing compositions featuring WP current and former faculty composers Rufus Reid, Cecil Bridgewater, Jim McNeely, Pete McGuinness, Bill Mobley, and founding director Thad Jones.
University Music WP Brass Ensembles
The WP Brass Ensembles and other chamber ensembles perform the works of Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Palestrina, Sousa, Gabrielli, Calvert, and Gershwin.
University Music Opera Workshop Performance
Led by Christopher Herbert and Lois Buesser
Students perform Hans Krása's Brundibar and scenes from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.
There is an additional performance at 7:30pm on Nov. 10, 2017.
87-year-old Barry Harris is truly one of the living legends of the jazz piano – and a great teacher of the bebop language. Dr. Harris is an exponent of the classic jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other greats. His 40 plus years of excellence in the field of music will be on full display at the Shea Center.
Barry Harris Larry McKenna on the Jazz Sanctuary
University Music Vocal Area Song Evening
Led by Warren Helms
Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias
Led by June Marano-Murray
Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias.
WP New Music Series
Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert
This concert will feature the music of longtime WP music faculty Dr. Jeffrey Kresky, performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and guests, in celebration of Kresky’s 44 years of service to William Paterson University.
Drummer Horacee Arnold is one of the senior-most members of the WP jazz faculty. He was brought to New York by legendary Max Roach, landing a spot in the Bud Powell Trio and composing for the Alvin Alley Dance Company. Arnold went on to become an original member of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and an influential teacher. He is joined by bassist Buster Williams, a veteran of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Quartet.
Horacee Arnold Buster Williams on Facebook
Winter Choral Concert featuring WPU Choirs and Warren Helms, Organ
University Music WP Wind Ensemble Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis
The WP Ensemble will perform the works of Larry Daehn, Vaclav Nelhybel, Percy Grainger, and Alfred Reed.
Dr. J. Craig Davis
A William Paterson tradition returns as WP students and faculty celebrate the holiday season in jazz. The WP Jazz Orchestra will perform several movements from the legendary Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, and will accompany some of the jazz studies program’s most stellar vocal and instrumental soloists in holiday arrangements from the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry and the New York Voices’ Darmon Meader.
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.
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