WP Presents Events Calendar

  • Midday Artist Series: Pianist Stephen Kopp
    10/23/14 12:30 PM - 10/23/14 12:30 PM

    Award-winning pianist Stephen Kopp will present great works by  Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff (Sonata No. 2 in G Minor).


    Location: Shea Center
  • WP Presents!: Pirate School- Learn how to be a pirate
    10/25/14 02:00 PM - 10/25/14 02:00 PM

    This riotous, interactive pirate escapade will turn your kids into brine buccaneers of yore and you will marvel as they become "good pirates," swaggering out of the theater transformed by this heartwarming family show.


    Location: Shea Center
  • New Jersey Playwrights Contest
    10/26/14 12:00 PM - 10/26/14 12:00 PM

    Staged Readings of the Three Finalists -- Play Series.

    Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series.  A full day of new plays -- all FREE!  Stay after the performances to meet the authors and provide valuable feedback to the judges.  The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2015.


    Location: Shea Center
  • New Jersey Playwrights Contest
    10/26/14 03:00 PM - 10/26/14 03:00 PM

    Staged Readings of the Three Finalists -- Play Series.

    Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series.  A full day of new plays -- all FREE!  Stay after the performances to meet the authors and provide valuable feedback to the judges.  The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2015.


    Location: Shea Center
  • New Jersey Playwrights Contest
    10/26/14 06:00 PM - 10/26/14 06:00 PM

    Staged Readings of the Three Finalists -- Play Series.

    Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series.  A full day of new plays -- all FREE!  Stay after the performances to meet the authors and provide valuable feedback to the judges.  The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2015.


    Location: Shea Center
  • "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
    10/28/14 10:30 AM - 10/28/14 10:37 AM

    Performed by Denise Wilbanks

    Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman

    In this New York Times bestseller set during the Civil Rights Movement, a young girl's search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the discovery of the real meaning of family.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Midday Artist Series: Mario Prisuelos
    10/30/14 12:30 PM - 10/30/14 12:30 PM

    Direct from Spain, pianist Mario Prisuelos presents a unique listening experience inspired by Claude Debussy's Estampes. More "images" are revealed in Gyorgy Ligeti's Musica ricercata and El amor y la muerte by Enrique Granados.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Onstage Cafe at Shea: John Sebastian
    11/01/14 08:00 PM - 11/01/14 08:00 PM

    From his days with The Lovin' Spoonful and hits like Darling Be Home Soon, Do You Believe in Magic, Nashville Cats, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind and You Didn't Have To Be So Nice to solo hits like the theme from Welcome Back Kotter. John Sebastian has pushed the envelope of folk music and after 40 years, he is still spreading the gospel of American roots music.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Fred Hersch Trio
    11/02/14 04:00 PM - 11/02/14 04:00 PM

    The respected status of this great pianist is not only evidenced by his slew of prestigious awards, but the fact that he was the first pianist in the Village Vanguard jazz club's 75-year history to play week-long engagements.

    3 p.m. Sittin' In Meet-the-Artist Session


    Location: Shea Center
  • University Music: "Fall Classics for Symphony"
    11/05/14 08:00 PM - 11/05/14 08:00 PM

    Performed by the William Paterson Symphony.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Marlene VerPlanck meets Scott Robinson and The Saxes
    11/09/14 04:00 PM - 11/09/14 04:00 PM

    Jazz vocalist Marlene VerPlanck has maintained a career that features jazz, the American Songbook and a huge studio vocal recording career.  VerPlanck's Jazz Room performance features her regular all-star rhythm section plus a four-saxophone section led by master saxophonist Al Regni, with arrangements by notable arranger Billy Verplanck.

    Part of the proceeds will go toward the J. Billy Verplanck Scholarship Fund for trombonists at William Paterson University.

    3 p.m. Sittin' In Meet-the-Artist Session


    Location: Shea Center
  • New Music Series: Opening Concert
    11/10/14 07:00 PM - 11/10/14 07:00 PM

    This concert will feature performances by the William Paterson Percussion and New Music Ensembles and music faculty members.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Inside Science with Radiolab's Robert Krulwich
    11/14/14 07:30 PM - 11/14/14 07:30 PM

    Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy, and the human experience through compelling storytelling. Today, Radiolab is one of public radio's most popular shows -- its podcasts are downloaded more than four million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation. In this multimedia talk, Krulwich dissects a series of Radiolab stories, early drafts and ideas that turned out to be mistakes, stories that worked wonderfully, and tales that got him and his radio partner into trouble.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Mutts Gone Nuts
    11/15/14 02:00 PM - 11/15/14 02:00 PM

    Disorderly duo Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Their nine amazing canine partners are all rescued or adopted from animal shelters. Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that will leave you howling for more!

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
    11/16/14 04:00 PM - 11/16/14 04:00 PM

    Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO) is a 16-piece powerhouse that shares a close history and mission with the WP jazz studies program. Both were founded by trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones, and both are involved with the performance and preservation of Jone's music. VJO includes three WP faculty members: tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, pianist Jim McNeely, and trombonist/spokesperson John Mosca. This concert promises a good representation of Jone's genius including some rarely performed selections.

    3 p.m. Sittin' In Meet-the-Artist Session


    Location: Shea Center
  • Walking the Tightrope
    11/18/14 10:30 AM - 11/18/14 12:03 PM

    Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her. The production includes sophisticated video, sound design, and original music to transport audiences from Granddad's quaint English seaside cottage to the spectacular big top circus.

    Appropriate for Grades 3 and up


    Location: Shea Center
  • Walking the Tightrope
    11/18/14 12:30 PM - 11/18/14 12:30 PM

    Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her. The production includes sophisticated video, sound design, and original music to transport audiences from Granddad's quaint English seaside cottage to the spectacular big top circus.

    Appropriate for Grades 3 and up


    Location: Shea Center
  • University Music: Opera Workshop
    11/19/14 08:00 PM - 11/20/14 12:12 PM

    Directed by WP professor Stephan Bryant.  

    Accompanied by Mary Pinto.


    Location: Shea Center
  • University Music: William Paterson Brass Ensembles
    11/20/14 08:00 PM - 11/20/14 08:00 PM

    Enjoy an evening of chamber music as the William Paterson Brass Ensembles and other chamber ensembles perform the works of Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Turrin, Sousa, Gabrielli, Calvert and Gershwin.


    Location: Shea Center
  • The Lou Donaldson Quartet
    11/23/14 04:00 PM - 11/23/14 04:00 PM

    Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is a living legend. He gained a well-deserved reputation for his leadership in blending the great traditions of blues and bebop. Donaldson has collaborated, toured, and recorded with a Who's Who of major jazz artists including Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, and he was a member of Art Blakey's group. His long-awaited Jazz Room concert will demonstrate his technical prowess and blues power.

    3 p.m. Sittin' In Meet-the-Artist Session


    Location: Shea Center
  • New Music Series: William Paterson New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    12/01/14 07:00 PM - 12/01/14 07:00 PM

    This program features music by WP faculty and student composers.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Winner of the Eleventh Annual --Play Series: "Trial and Treason"
    12/03/14 07:00 PM - 12/03/14 07:00 PM

    By S.W. Senek

    Based on the novel See No Evil by Cristina Guarneri

    Directed by Edward Matthews

    The U.S. President is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built.  Trial and Treason is a timely and thought-provoking piece in the age of the never-ending election process.


    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre
  • University Music: William Paterson Wind Ensembles
    12/04/14 08:00 PM - 12/04/14 08:00 PM

    This program will include works by Shelly Hansen, Bruce Yurko Vaclav Nelhybel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Norman Dello Joio, and Larry Daehn.

    Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Winner of the Eleventh Annual -- Play Series: "Trial and Treason"
    12/07/14 03:00 PM - 12/07/14 03:00 PM

    By S.W. Senek

    Based on the novel See No Evil by Cristina Guarneri

    Directed by Edward Matthews

    The U.S. President is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built.  Trial and Treason is a timely and thought-provoking piece in the age of the never-ending election process.


    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre
  • New York Voices with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra
    12/07/14 04:00 PM - 12/07/14 04:00 PM

    The multi-talented New York Voices are one of today's premiere jazz vocal groups with the styles ranging from doo-wop to swing to modern jazz.  This exciting concert will feature the Voices in collaboration with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra.  The show will feature some of the Voice's holiday arrangements set for this very special time of year.

    3 p.m. Sittin' In Meet-the-Artist Session


    Location: Shea Center
  • University Music: William Paterson University Symphony with Choir and Chamber Singers
    12/09/14 08:00 PM - 12/09/14 08:00 PM

    This performance will feature Hendel's Messiah.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Theater for Children with Autism: Curious George
    12/11/14 10:00 AM - 12/11/14 12:46 PM

    Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies, and the award-winning PBS television show, in this delightful new musical, adapted specifically and exclusively for children on the autism spectrum.


    Appropriate for Pre K-3


    Location: Shea Center
  • Winner of the Eleventh Annual -- Play Series: "Trial and Treason"
    12/11/14 07:00 PM - 12/11/14 07:00 PM

    By S.W. Senek

    Based on the novel See No Evil by Cristina Guarneri

    Directed by Edward Matthews

    The U.S. President is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built.  Trial and Treason is a timely and thought-provoking piece in the age of the never-ending election process.


    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre
  • Florence LaRue and The 5th Dimension
    12/13/14 08:00 PM - 12/13/14 08:00 PM

    The iconic 5th Dimension, led by founding member Florence LaRue, continues to grow with the times to appeal to audiences of all ages as they tour the globe.


    Location: Shea Center
  • Beethoven Birthday Bash
    12/14/14 02:00 PM - 12/14/14 02:00 PM

    featuring Piano, Cello, and Clarinet

    You are invited to celebrate Ludwig's 244th birthday with a concert of gorgeous sonatas and cake.


    Location: Hobart Manor
  • Winner of the Eleventh Annual -- Play Series: "Trial and Treason"
    12/14/14 03:00 PM - 12/14/14 03:00 PM

    By S.W. Senek

    Based on the novel See No Evil by Cristina Guarneri

    Directed by Edward Matthews

    The U.S. President is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built.  Trial and Treason is a timely and thought-provoking piece in the age of the never-ending election process.


    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre
  • Dr. Kaboom! The Science of Santa
    12/20/14 02:00 PM - 12/20/14 02:00 PM

    Back by popular demand, Dr. Kaboom arrives at the Shea Center with a new holiday show that brings cheer to kids and adults alike as he attempts to learn the secret behind making reindeer fly, getting down tight chimneys, and knowing who has been bad or good. Join Dr. K in solving the magical mysteries of the man in red.

    Appropriate for Grade 3 and up

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.


    Location: Shea Center