Music Department Concerts and Events

  • Jazz Room Series
    Art Farmer Tribute Quintet – Archive Dedication

    Oct 24, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This event celebrates the music and career of the legendary trumpeter Art Farmer, whose archive collection will now be a part of the William Paterson Living Jazz Archives.  This concert will feature a band of veterans of Farmer’s groups, including pianist and WP jazz adjunct faculty Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Yoron Israel, and WP faculty and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.   This concert will feature music from Art Farmer’s actual touring band books, from the new archive, and will celebrate this great musician and new collection at the highest musical level. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Art Farmer Archive and to the Living Jazz Archives.

    Art Farmer

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.


     

  • WP Presents! and Midday Artist Series
    In conjunction with WP’s Pride LGBTQIA+ Celebration
    SeekHer7

    Oct 26, 2021 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro have been friends for a long time. Recently, they recognized that collaborating might lead to an elevated force in their creative lives and while still in its nascent stage, their combined efforts are proving to be undeniably powerful, infectiously joyful and deeply connected to Spirit. The collaboration is SeekHer7: collaborative, conscious, collective gatherings with meditation, music, movement, learning, co-creating, deep listening, respectful, safe discovery and above all, boundless joy.

    Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City. Having released eight independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family's Chasing Life. Among other notable work, Natalia has been a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State since 2017, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her trio, The Northern Lights, throughout Africa. In March, 2020, Natalia co-produced an online music festival called Shut In & Sing which ran for 8 weeks and provided immediate financial relief to hundreds of independent musicians at the beginning of the lockdown. Since then, she has been performing livestream shows, teaching songwriting, coaching, running an integrative wellness platform, painting, gardening, has become a certified yoga teacher and is the artistic director for the conscious global community, SoulCall Global.

    Lisa Ferraro started singing professionally at age eight. She has recorded and performed nationally and internationally with big band jazz ensembles, rock and soul bands, and in a duo with vocalist and guitarist, Erika Luckett.  She has released 10 albums that have rode the spectrum of music from modern rock and ballads to jazz standards. One of her recordings, “Jazz Up the Holidays,” was nominated for an International Independent Music Award in 2006. Her latest expression, Serenading The Moon, culminates in a collaboration with some of the finest players on the jazz scene today: legendary saxophonist Houston Person, Lewis Nash on drums, Ray Drummond on bass, James Chirillo on guitar and John DiMartino on piano. As a composer, Lisa Ferraro has written music for ABC TV’s Wife Swap; Polygram Films; and the play The Other Side of the River which aired on PBS. A talented songwriter, Lisa was commissioned by Major League Baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates to write and perform the song, “More Than A Man,” commemorating the late great, Roberto Clemente. Lisa has a distinct vocal style which is soulful, powerful and warm, with a vocal range that exteNatalia Zukermannds over four and a half octaves. In performance, she tries to connect with the audience individually and personally.

    SeekHer7
    Natalia Zuckerman
    Lisa Ferraro

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    Musical Theatre Ensemble Performance

    Nov 05, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The student-led Musical Theatre Ensemble presents a review of various selections from musical theatre works.

    Student coordinators: Taylor Andresen & Bridget Maresca
    Piano: Lois Buesser

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    Musical Theatre Ensemble Performance

    Nov 06, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The student-led Musical Theatre Ensemble presents a review of various selections from musical theatre works.

    Student coordinators: Taylor Andresen & Bridget Maresca
    Piano: Lois Buesser

    Admission: Free


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Scott Robinson
    with the William Paterson University Jazz Orchestra

    Nov 07, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is a true virtuoso – able to perform music from the entire history of jazz at the highest artist level.  This concert celebrates the return of the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra led by David Demsey, after nearly 18 months off due to the pandemic – and there could be no better soloist to bring the band, and our audience that breadth and depth of jazz history.  This program will feature the music of Maria Schneider (whose band features Robinson as a prominent soloist), Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, and some Robinson originals, all performed on a truly amazing array of instruments. 

    Scott Robinson at Internation Musician

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.


     

  • WP Music
    WP University Symphony featuring The Hobart Trio

    Nov 10, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Key Work: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

    The Hobart Trio, a chamber ensemble in residence at William Paterson University, was founded in 2015 and regularly appears on academic and community concert series.  It is comprised of highly accomplished musicians who are on the faculty of WPU:  Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin, Joseph Kimura, cello, and Soyeon Park, piano.  Individually, they have performed as soloists and with orchestras on National Public Radio, throughout Europe and the United States, including Alaska's Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, and on Broadway. The piano trio's repertoire encompasses the classics and works by contemporary composers, including premiere performances of works by Thomas Parente, composer from Westminster Choir College. The Hobart Trio takes its name from the 24th U.S. vice president, Garret A. Hobart, whose former home is a centerpiece on the University's campus.

    Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin, holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University.  She received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard and attended the Curtis Institute of Music.  Dr. Butler-Hopkins received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Harvard University.  Under the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Program, she completed a year of study at the Vienna State Academy in Austria.  At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she served as concertmaster and soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and as a founding member of the Alaska Trio.  Dr. Butler-Hopkins teaches at William Paterson University, is currently a regular faculty member at the Lake Placed Institute Chamber Music Seminar, and was the founder of String Fling, a chamber music program for Alaskan pre-college students.

    Joseph Kimura, cello, is a New York based cellist who has been performing and teaching in the tri-state area throughout his career.  He began his studies with Paul Katz and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro.  He has appeared as a soloist and principal cellist with the Stamford, Hoboken Chamber, Korean, and Gloria Chamber Orchestras and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico.  Mr. Kimura currently performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Masters String Quartet (in residence at Five Town College), and the Hobart Trio.  He also appeared in the Will Rogers Follies and Beauty and the Beast throughout their runs on Broadway.  Mr. Kimura serves on the faculties of Five Towns College and William Paterson University and also teaches at Summer String-In at Monmouth College and the Junior Division of Greenwood Music Camp.

    Soyeon Park, piano, earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music where she was the recipient of the Svend Svendsen and Margarethe Svendsen Scholarship and the President’s Award.  Dr. Park teaches at New Jersey City University and William Paterson University and serves as artistic director of Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and cultural institution, which has sponsored her appearances on stage at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy.  Other professional engagements of the past season include a recital and master class with Leon Fleisher in Prague, a recital and master class in Bejing, China, and an artist residency at the Banff Centre, Canada.  In the same season, she won top prizes at the Simon Belsky Piano Competition and the Mieczyslaw Munz Competition.

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 12, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents scenes from various works of opera and musical theatre.

    Stage Director: Christopher Herbert
    Musical Director: Charity Wicks

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 13, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents scenes from various works of opera and musical theatre.

    Stage Director: Christopher Herbert
    Musical Director: Charity Wicks

    Admission: Free


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Ryan Truesdell – Birth of the Cool Live

    Nov 14, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Grammy-winning Arranger/bandleader/producer Ryan Truesdell has established a major reputation in recent years for his work on The Gil Evans Project, recreating and performing the music of this great arranger.  There is perhaps no more significant music in the past seventy years than the historic 1949 Birth of the Cool album, arranged by Evans and Gerry Mulligan, featuring Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Mulligan, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, and others.  Truesdell has done a huge amount of work to reassemble the original scores from that album – which will be performed live on this concert, by a nine-piece band made up of best young jazz stars that New York has to offer, all dedicated to combining their own voices with the authenticity of this breathtakingly lush music.  This is a truly rare listening experience that you will want to experience. 

    Ryan Truesdell

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.


     

  • WP Voice
    Song Evening

    Nov 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Voice Students perform art songs and arias.

    June Marano-Murray and Charity Wicks, piano

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Music
    An Evening with WP Flutes and Friends

    Nov 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Program TBA

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents! and Midday Artist Series
    Choir! Choir! Choir!

    Nov 18, 2021 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Choir!Choir!Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman (AKA “Dabu”) and Daveed Goldman. What started as a weekly drop-in signing event at a bar in Toronto has turned into a global touring act. The duo has performed in holes, on hills, and on big stages at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Massey Hall, The Juno Awards, Joe’s Pub, at TEDx Toronto, and many more. They’ve been by guest singers such as David Byrne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Astley, Tegan and Sara, Bruce Cockburn, Kathleen Edwards, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, and Chris Murphy (Sloan). The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. You get a lyric sheet at the door, they’ll teach you an original vocal arrangement to a song you love, and a video is recorded of the performance. The intent is in equal parts: singing, comedy, and community-building. In the end, everyone has a blast and goes home feeling great!

     We invite the entire William Paterson community to join us for a fun afternoon during common hour!

     This engagement of Choir!Choir!Choir! is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of MidAtlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Choir! Choir! Choir!

    Admission:  Free!
    Click Here to Register
    No ticket or registration required, but we encourage everyone to the RSVP to the event by filling out the registration form.


     

  • WP Percussion
    Nov 21, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This program features contemporary Percussion Music by composers Sekhon, Colgrass, Nelson, Glass, Moore III, and Daughtrey.

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    WP Choirs Winter Concert

    Dec 03, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Rochelle Park, NJ

    William Paterson Choirs present a program of holiday-themed music.

    Lauren Fowler-Calisto, director
    Lois Buesser & Alla Milstein, keyboards


     

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