WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
Orpheus in the Underworldby Jacques OffenbachStage Direction by Nathaniel MerchantMusical Direction by Christopher HerbertChoreography by Angel Reed
First Act Teaser
WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can!
Admission: $10 General Public • $5 WP students and alumni
The eighteen-piece WP Jazz Orchestra meets the versatile vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is a veteran of bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, and a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group. Nelson has also performed with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. A bachelors and masters graduate of Rutgers University, Nelson has also been on the Princeton faculty. Along with Nelson’s interpretations of jazz classics and standards, this concert will feature masters student arrangements of Nelson’s compositions written especially for this concert.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8WP 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.
Steve Nelson at All About Jazz
Featuring WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and a jazz trio with special guests: Chicago Children's Choir Touring Ensemble, Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir and soloist, Deidra Toran of "Eden Gem" (Baltimore). This concert will highlight the talented Karen Goldfeder and her improvisation work with the WP Voice program throughout the spring semester.
Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to Penderecki to Machaud to Joni Mitchell with ensembles ranging from Musica Sacra to The Screaming Headless Torsos to her own band Magpie. Jazz, folk, oratorio, new music, free improvisation, early music, South Indian music, opera, musical theatre, and R&B have all shaped her musical perspective. She works with Bobby McFerrin and his management team to bring Bobby's approach to ensemble singing all over the world, and she serves as the program and curriculum coordinator for the Circlesongs workshop.
Goldfeder has performed, toured, and recorded with New York Virtuoso Singers, Voices of Ascension, New York Treble Singers, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Gregg Smith Singers (among many others). Her contemporary opera credits include John Adam’s Death of Kinghoffer at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiell at Merkin Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Solo appearances include the Monteverdi Vespers of 16010, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Stravinsky Mass, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Her jazz resume includes appearances with Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Muhal Richard Abrams, and more, as well as performing with her own band at festivals including Vancouver Jazz, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
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