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  • Saxophonist Melissa Aldana
    Oct 22, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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. 

    Melissa Aldana


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Cuba

    Oct 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons Room 211

    When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba’s food system collapsed overnight. An isolated island nation had to feed its people and reinvent an entire food system. Cuba’s food system is a unique and fascinating story. Encompassing a sugar economy, a social contract between government and people, the emergence of agroecology and, most of all, the vibrant ingenuity central to the Cuban spirit.

    Admission:  $10.00 Lunch • WP Students FREE!

    This event also takes place at 7:00pm.


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    We All Eat: Cuba

    Oct 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons Room 211

    When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba’s food system collapsed overnight. An isolated island nation had to feed its people and reinvent an entire food system. Cuba’s food system is a unique and fascinating story. Encompassing a sugar economy, a social contract between government and people, the emergence of agroecology and, most of all, the vibrant ingenuity central to the Cuban spirit.

    Admission:  $10.00 Lunch • WP Students FREE!

    This event will also take place at 7:30pm.


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Cuba

    Oct 25, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: University Commons Room 211

    When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba’s food system collapsed overnight. An isolated island nation had to feed its people and reinvent an entire food system. Cuba’s food system is a unique and fascinating story. Encompassing a sugar economy, a social contract between government and people, the emergence of agroecology and, most of all, the vibrant ingenuity central to the Cuban spirit.

    Admission:  $30.00 Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30pm.


     

  • Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Oct 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    Bruce and Prudence meet through an advertisement. Both are deep into therapy. A shaky relationship ensues. Add in their wacky therapists and Bruce’s partner, Bob, and the award-winning playwright Christopher Durang creates one of his funniest worlds of human chaos and vulnerability.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission • $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: October 26-29, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Saturday 2:00 pm • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Oct 28, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    Bruce and Prudence meet through an advertisement. Both are deep into therapy. A shaky relationship ensues. Add in their wacky therapists and Bruce’s partner, Bob, and the award-winning playwright Christopher Durang creates one of his funniest worlds of human chaos and vulnerability.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission • $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: October 26-29, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Saturday 2:00 pm • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Oct 29, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    Bruce and Prudence meet through an advertisement. Both are deep into therapy. A shaky relationship ensues. Add in their wacky therapists and Bruce’s partner, Bob, and the award-winning playwright Christopher Durang creates one of his funniest worlds of human chaos and vulnerability.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission • $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: October 26-29, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Saturday 2:00 pm • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Oct 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Program TBA

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    William Paterson University Symphony
    Conducted by Sandra Dackow

    Fall Classics

    Admission:  Free!

    Sandra Dackow


     

  • ARTISTS 4 PEACE: Be The Change Tour
    Nov 02, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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


     

  • ARTISTS 4 PEACE: Be The Change Tour
    Nov 02, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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: Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00

    The Ganda Boys
    Yael Deckelbaum
    Kristen Hoffmann


     

  • The 39th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series
    An Evening with Artist and Designer Maya Lin

    Nov 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    An Evening with Artist and Designer Maya Lin: 
    At the Intersection of Art and Architecture

    Winner of the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, artist and designer Maya Lin interprets the natural world through history, politics, and culture, creating a body of work that balances art and architecture. Lin’s installations, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, become a part of the land, merging physical and psychological environments and presenting a new way of seeing the world around us.

    Admission: $28.00 General Admission

    Maya Lin


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    Hunt for Wild Foods
    with Naturalist-Author “Wildman” Steve Brill

    Nov 04, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Meet in the Lobby of Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Hunt for Wild Foods with Naturalist-Author “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s Go-To Guy for Foraging

    Take a walk on the “wild side” as “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a tour on the grounds of William Paterson University, hunting for edibles and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms. Learn about and enjoy the commonly overlooked, palatable plants and mushrooms that can be found in your own backyard.

    Note: Please bring plastic and paper bags for plants and mushrooms, a digging implement for roots (optional), and containers for fruit and berries. Comfortable attire is recommended. The event will take place rain or shine.

    Admission: $10.00 (tickets needed for walk)

    "Wildman" Steve Brill


     

  • WP Arrangers 40th Anniversary Tribute:
    WP Jazz Orchestra with special guests
    perform works by faculty composers

    Nov 05, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    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.


     

  • The Telling Project
    Nov 07, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. This theater performance highlights the personal stories of those who served, told by the veterans themselves.

    Special thanks to the Acton Family Fund for their generous support.

    Admission: Adults $15.00 •  Students $10.00 • Veterans and WP Students admitted FREE

    There is an additional performance of this show on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30pm.

    The Telling Project


     

  • WP Brass Ensembles
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Opera Workshop Performance
    Nov 09, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    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.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    A Talk with Food Writer and Chef Ruth Reichl

    Nov 09, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Talk with Food Writer and Chef Ruth Reichl: 
    Protect What We Eat: How to Fix America’s Great Food Failure

    Six-time James Beard award recipient, bestselling author, food critic, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Ruth Reichl is one of the most recognizable and beloved culinary voices. The Seattle Times called her “one of the nation’s most influential figures in the food world.” This talk will address how we have become a nation of foodies, and discuss the future and safety of our food.

    Admission: $25.00 General Admission

    Ruth Reichl


     

  • The Telling Project
    Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. This theater performance highlights the personal stories of those who served, told by the veterans themselves.

    Special thanks to the Acton Family Fund for their generous support.

    Admission: Adults $15.00 •  Students $10.00 • Veterans and WP Students admitted FREE

    There is an additional performance of this show on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:30pm.

    The Telling Project


     

  • Opera Workshop Performance
    Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    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.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • The Ivy League of Comedy
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Ivy League of Comedy 
    Starring Karen Bergreen, Scott Blakeman, and Wali Collins

    Come see comedy students from William Paterson University perform alongside pro comedians from The Ivy League of Comedy! The Ivy League of Comedy is the premier group of stand-up comedians touring America. Known for their elite brand of clever comedy, you have heard their brilliant comedic voices on late-night TV and Comedy Central. Now is your chance to see them live on stage!

    Admission: $20.00 Orchestra • $15.00 Loge

    Comedian Wali Collins at Gotham Comedy Club

    Comedian Karen Bergreen on ABC's "The View"

    Comedian Scott Blakeman at the Actors Temple

    Karen Bergreen
    Scott Blakeman
    Wali Collins
    Ivy League of Comedy


     

  • Barry Harris Quartet
    with saxophonist Larry McKenna

    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    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.

    Barry Harris
    Larry McKenna on the Jazz Sanctuary


     

  • Vocal Area Song Evening
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    University Music
    Vocal Area Song Evening

    Led by Warren Helms

    Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Vocal Area Song Evening
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    University Music
    Vocal Area Song Evening

    Led by June Marano-Murray

    Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Is it real- or is it "Fiction?" From widely-produced playwright Steven Dietz comes this riveting tale of a relationship whose fissures begin to emerge through previously unread diaries of past and current events. But do they tell the truth? If not, why do they contain the writing they do? In the simplest of theatrical ways,? Dietz casts a spell that is sure to engage.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission •  $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: November 16-19, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Friday 11:00 am •  Saturday 2:00 pm •  Sunday 3:00 pm


     

  • Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Is it real- or is it "Fiction?" From widely-produced playwright Steven Dietz comes this riveting tale of a relationship whose fissures begin to emerge through previously unread diaries of past and current events. But do they tell the truth? If not, why do they contain the writing they do? In the simplest of theatrical ways,? Dietz casts a spell that is sure to engage.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission •  $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: November 16-19, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Friday 11:00 am •  Saturday 2:00 pm •  Sunday 3:00 pm


     

  • Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Nov 18, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Is it real- or is it "Fiction?" From widely-produced playwright Steven Dietz comes this riveting tale of a relationship whose fissures begin to emerge through previously unread diaries of past and current events. But do they tell the truth? If not, why do they contain the writing they do? In the simplest of theatrical ways,? Dietz casts a spell that is sure to engage.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission •  $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: November 16-19, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Friday 11:00 am •  Saturday 2:00 pm •  Sunday 3:00 pm


     

  • Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Nov 19, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Theatre
    Fiction by Steven Dietz
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Is it real- or is it "Fiction?" From widely-produced playwright Steven Dietz comes this riveting tale of a relationship whose fissures begin to emerge through previously unread diaries of past and current events. But do they tell the truth? If not, why do they contain the writing they do? In the simplest of theatrical ways,? Dietz casts a spell that is sure to engage.

    Admission: $15.00 General Admission •  $10.00 WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens

    Performances: November 16-19, 2017 • Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 pm •  Friday 11:00 am •  Saturday 2:00 pm •  Sunday 3:00 pm


     

  • Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert
    Nov 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    Admission:  Free!

    Jeffrey Kresky


     

  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Nov 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    25th Anniversary Season

    See the one and only Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker when it returns to the Shea Center for the 25th anniversary season tour. All ages are invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays with Moscow Ballet’s exquisite Russian dancers, gorgeous costumes, and spectacular scenic design created by Carl Sprague (concept designer of the Oscar-winning film La La Land).  The Great Russian Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition not to be missed.

    Admission: $65.00 Gold Circle •  $55.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $45.00 Rear Loge
    Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

    The Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • Glen Burtnik’s The Summer of Love Concert
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 & Christmas

    The Summer of Love Concert makes its return to the Shea Center, recreating the songs and psychedelically-flavored spirit of the Woodstock generation. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 with all your favorite music by The Doors, The Beatles, Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and more! The concert will give a nod to the holiday season with music from Phil Spector’s iconic Christmas album.

    Admission: Orchestra $38.00 •  Loge $33.00

    Summer Of Love Concert


     

  • Horacee Arnold Trio
    with bassist Buster Williams

    Dec 03, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    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.

    Horacee Arnold
    Buster Williams on Facebook


     

  • Theater for Children with Autism
    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones

    Dec 04, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones
    By Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich

    Adapted from the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park, everyone’s favorite first-grader is back in the “bestest musical ever” with more singing, dancing and mischief!

    Admission: $8.00 General Admission

    Please note:  This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism.  Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theatreworks USA


     

  • Winter Choral Concert
    Dec 05, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Churge in Wayne, NJ

    Winter Choral Concert featuring WPU Choirs and Warren Helms, Organ


     

  • A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver

    Dec 06, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location:

    A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
    Performed by Aurea Tomeski
    Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
    A Program Of Young Audiences, New York

    This Newbery-Award winning, best-selling book for young readers has become the gold standard for the genre. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of Jonas, a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, audiences question every value that they have taken for granted and reexamine their most deeply held beliefs. This sixty minute solo-performance focuses on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.  

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission

    Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Literature to Life


     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    Admission:  Free!

    Dr. J. Craig Davis


     

  • The Doo Wop Project
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical may have closed on Broadway, but you can still the catch the former stars of those shows onstage at the Shea Center. The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. From Bop to Pop, you will journey through the evolution of music from groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

    Admission: Orchestra $33.00 • Loge $27.00

    The Doo Wop Project


     

  • Jazz Room Holiday Celebration
    with WP Jazz Orchestra and Guests

    Dec 09, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    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.


     

  • Child’s Play Touring Theatre presents
    The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

    Dec 10, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Christmas season is magical. For those behind the sparkle of Christmas, the planning is not so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of Christmas preparations at the North Pole. These stories are written by children and brought to life on stage by Child’s Play Touring Theatre professional artists.

    Admission:  Adults $17.00 • Children $13.00

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:00 p.m.
    Appropriate for all ages!

    Child's Play Touring Theatre


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Get The Led Out
    The American Led Zeppelin

    Dec 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of Led Zeppelin music. The band focuses on the early years and deeper cuts of “The Mighty Zep” with a passion and fury that makes a truly awe-inspiring performance. No wigs or fake English accents, the band simply delivers an honest, heart-thumping Zeppelin concert!

    Admission: $45.00 Orchestra • $40.00 Loge

    Get The Led Out

    GTLO 1 from GTLO Productions on Vimeo.


     

  • The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents
    Swan Lake

    Feb 07, 2018 @ 8:00 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


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Jen Chapin Band

    Feb 23, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jen Chapin's music reflects a diversity of experience, and an ongoing passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to greater social justice.

    Her selections will reflect her activism and involvement with global access to food.

    Admission:  $25.00

    Jen Chapin


     

  • 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

    Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a movement that advocates for just, sustainable, and organic food. Her work emphasizes the importance of edible education in our school system. She is the founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard Project, and has been honored with various international awards for her work as an activist and humanitarian.

    Over the course of 40 years, Alice Waters has created and passionately supported a culinary philosophy that maintains that food should be organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Opening her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971, which has ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” for the last four decades, her commitment to finding the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients has created a network of local farmers and purveyors dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Her focus on education further led to the creation of the Edible Schoolyard Project in 1996, which is committed to transforming public education and supports projects that incorporate gardening and preparing healthy meals into the school curriculum.

    Waters’ influence is extensive: she is vice president of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food traditions and has more than 100,000 members in over 130 countries. Her other numerous honors include being co-recipient, with Kofi Annan, of the Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School in 2008, and being named to the French Legion of Honor in 2009.

    Her speaking engagements include, among others, lecture series and university talks related to food ethics and values, just and sustainable agriculture, and the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food.

    Alice Waters is the author of ten books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious RevolutionIn the Green Kitchen40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, and her most recent book, The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

    Admission:  $28.00 General Admission

    Alice Waters on Facebook


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria

    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
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria

    Mar 21, 2018 @ 7:00 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:  $20 Syrian Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30 pm.

    Syria Supper Club


     

  • 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: TBA • Please call the box office at 973-720-2371 for ticket information and reservations

    Victor Wooten


     

  • 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: TBA • Please call the box office at 973-720-2371 for ticket information and reservations

    David Bromberg


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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
    We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

    Apr 18, 2018 @ 7:00 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:  $20.00 Heritage Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30 pm.

    The United Tastes of America


     

  • 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: TBA • Please call the box office at 973-720-2371 for ticket information and reservations

    Broadway Backstage!