Midday Artist Series

Concerts are held at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts
Thursdays at 12:30 P.M.

January 20 - Jazz Concert - Duane Eubanks, trumpeter

Duane Eubanks

Duane Eubanks is a regular member of Mulgrew Miller’s “Wingspan” quintet/sextet, as well as the Mingus Big Band, Dave Holland Big Band, the Frank Foster Loud Minority, and his own projects featuring pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Ralph Peterson, and bassist Reid Anderson and Dwayne Burno. He has also performed with such legends as saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, organist Shirley Scott, the late bassist Charles Fambrough and trumpet legend Clark Terry. He is a member of a celebrated family, the younger brother of the well-known guitarist and former NBC Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks and the influential trombonist Robin Eubanks – and his uncle is the celebrated pianist, Ray Bryant. His degree is in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.


February 3 - Halcyon Trio - Andy Lamy, clarinet; Brett Deubner, viola; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano

Halcyon Trio

The Halcyon Trio (clarinet, viola, and piano) has consistently received rave reviews for its energetic performance style, emotional depth, compelling repertoire,and immaculate ensemble playing. The trio masterfully carries the torch of the clarinet, viola, and piano genre invented by Mozart himself—a combination of instruments still unsurpassed in lyricism, contrast, agility, color, and resonance. Called “performing stars” and the "Summer’s Hot Pick of 2002" by the Star-Ledger of New Jersey, this trio plays with a level of musical cohesion that has repeatedly astounded critics and audiences alike.


February 10 - 360 Degrees of 60x60


60x60 contains 60 works from 60 different composers. Each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration sequenced together to create a one hour performance. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting the diverse array of styles, aesthetics and techniques being used today.


February 24 - Ann Roggen, violist & Gary Kirkpatrick, pianist

Roggen and Kirkpatrick

Violist Ann Roggen and pianist Gary Kirkpatrick are joined by faculty strings to present a program of diverse chamber music.


March 3 - Villa-Lobos Celebration

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos has been described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music”. The inspiring and highly successful Celebration series continues with the music of Villa-Lobos performed by William Paterson University faculty, alumni and guest artists.


March 10 - Jazz Concert - Matthew Fries, pianist

Matthew Fries

Pianist Matthew Fries is making waves in the jazz world as both a soloist and accompanist. The winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, his debut album, Song for Today was named a 2001 critics pick by Jazziz Magazine, and his recent work with his collaborative trio, Tri-Fi "takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a 'knock out' punch" (Jazz Review). As a sideman his work has been described as "the best jazz accompaniment I've seen in a cabaret in years" (The New York Times), and "the crispest rhythm section imaginable" (The London Times).


March 24 - Imani Winds

Imani WindsMore than North America's premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.