Department of Music

Midday Artists Series - Spring 2017

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

January 19 - Tim Ruedeman, saxophone & Steve Beck, piano
Entartete Musik (degenerate music)


Entartete Musik was the term used by the Nazis to condemn and ban works by artists who were deemed politically or racially unacceptable. The saxophone became a symbol of degenerate music, closely identified with jazz and the invasion of German music by American and Jewish culture. The program features music by composers whose music was suppressed or banned; who were interned and murdered in concentration camps or were forced to flee their homes at great risk to their lives, families, and careers.

January 26 - Jazz

February 2 - Jazz

February 9 - Englewinds


Award-winning Eco-music ensemble ENGLEWINDS "Bees, Please!" concert about the disappearance of honeybees. Sarah Davol, oboe & Director; Marcia Hankle, flute; Mitch Kriegler, clarinet; R.J. Kelley, horn; Atsuko Sato, bassoon; Tomoko Ohno, piano. Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Flight of the Bumblebee", Chopin's "The Bees" with jazz improv, John McMurtery's "Hivemind", Elise Carter's "Honeybee" and more.

March 2 - Collage Midday

March 9 - William Paterson Composers Day


The 5th Annual WPU Composers day will feature music by student, alumni and faculty composers.

March 23 - Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works Dance Company (RHAW)
A History of Hip-Hop


This lecture/demonstration by dancers of RHAW illustrates how Hip Hop has its roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas and includes not only African American, but Afro-Brazilian, Afro Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties throughout today.

April 13 - Hindemithhon 15th Annivesary


The Hindemithon celebrates it's fifteenth anniversary bringing together William Paterson University faculty, students, alumni and guest musicians to perform a wide selection of Hindemith’s works. The only annual festival of the 20th century composer's music in the world has a devoted following and gained international recognition for its efforts to promote and encourage the performance of music by this influential and individualistic genius.