All Events

  • 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


     

  • 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.

    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 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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