Music Department Events

  • Trumpeter Junior Vega
    with William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble
    directed by Chico Mendoza

    Feb 25, 2018, 4:00 PM to Feb 25, 2018, 4:00 PM

    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


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Feb 26, 2018, 7:00 PM to Feb 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

    The concert features the music of WP music professors Peter Jarvis, Payton MacDonald, Edgard Varése and others. 

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Women's History Month Concert
    Three Voices featuring
    Ann Roggen, viola • Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano • Tim McCullough, piano

    Mar 01, 2018, 12:30 PM to Mar 01, 2018, 1:45 PM

    A Celebration of Women in Music – The 20th and 21st Century
    Works by Rebecca Clarke, Ursula Mamlok, Kati Agocs, Hilary Tann, and others

    Three Voices presents their brand of innovative repertoire and programming with a concert that focuses on several representative women musicians and composers from the 20th century through today.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Joe Lovano
    with William Paterson Jazz Orchestra
    directed by David Demsey

    Mar 04, 2018, 4:00 PM to Mar 04, 2018, 4:00 PM

    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


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • New Music Series presents
    A Concert of Solos and Duos
    Featuring Music by David Saperstein for his 70th Birthday

    Mar 05, 2018, 7:00 PM to Mar 05, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Program features music by Elliott Carter, Peter Jarvis, David Saperstein, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Wuorinen and others.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • William University Symphony
    Concerto Competition Winners

    Mar 07, 2018, 8:00 PM to Mar 07, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Music selection features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Iktus Duo
    Mar 08, 2018, 12:30 PM to Mar 08, 2018, 1:45 PM

    Iktus Duo (flute and percussion) is an ensemble based in New York City that specializes in commissioning, promotion, and educational outreach of new music. 

    Admission:  FREE

    Iktus Duo


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Mar 28, 2018, 8:00 PM to Mar 28, 2018, 8:00 PM

    WP Wind Ensemble
    Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis

    Music selections include the works of John Mackey, Guy Wolfenden, Percy Grainger, and Jan Van der Roost.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Composer-In-Residence Day
    Mar 29, 2018, 12:30 PM to Mar 29, 2018, 1:45 PM

    Come hear our annual Composer-In-Residence Day concert.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • New Music Series presents
    Composers Day

    Apr 02, 2018, 7:00 PM to Apr 02, 2018, 7:00 PM

    The 6th Annual Composers Day concert will feature music by WP composers and Edgard Varése.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Victor Wooten Trio
    Apr 05, 2018, 12:30 PM to Apr 05, 2018, 1:45 PM

    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: $10.00 School Reservations*

    This performance is only open to WP students and local schools.
    For $10 school reservations, please call 973.720.3178.

    Victor Wooten


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Apr 06, 2018, 7:30 PM to Apr 06, 2018, 7:30 PM

    The WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Special guests Chris Butler of The Waitresses, original MTV VJ Mark Goodman, and SiriusXM’s 1st Wave host Lori Majewski join WP student tribute band Sweet Dreams in a fundraising concert for WP music scholarships. Showcasing the work of  the best female artists of the early MTV years—from Madonna to the Pointer Sisters to Tina Turner, Grammy Award-winner (with Lady Gaga) Rob Fusari directs this celebration of the best in ‘80s music. Special video appearance by ABC’s Martin Fry.

    All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.

    Admission: $25 General Public • $20 William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens  • $10 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Joey DeFrancesco Quartet
    Apr 08, 2018, 4:00 PM to Apr 08, 2018, 4:00 PM

    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


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Opera presents
    Dido and Aeneas

    Apr 13, 2018, 8:00 PM to Apr 13, 2018, 8:00 PM

    WP Opera presents
    Dido and Aeneas
    Conducted by Lois Buesser
    Directed by WP music professor Christopher Herbert

    This is a fully staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war, with baroque period string quartet and harpsichord.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $10
    There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 14, 2018.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Opera presents
    Dido and Aeneas

    Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 PM to Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 PM

    WP Opera presents
    Dido and Aeneas
    Conducted by Lois Buesser
    Directed by WP music professor Christopher Herbert

    This is a fully staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war, with baroque period string quartet and harpsichord.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $10
    There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 13, 2018.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Mark Giuliana Quartet
    Apr 15, 2018, 4:00 PM to Apr 15, 2018, 4:00 PM

    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


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Apr 23, 2018, 7:00 PM to Apr 23, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Concert features the music of Edgard Varése, Charles Wuorinen and others.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Apr 26, 2018, 8:00 PM to Apr 26, 2018, 8:00 PM

    WP Wind Ensemble
    Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis

    Music selections by Peter Jarvis, David Gillingham, Howard Hanson, and Alfred Reed.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Vocalist Alexis Cole
    Apr 29, 2018, 4:00 PM to Apr 29, 2018, 4:00 PM

    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


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • The Spring Choral Concert
    PARTITION8Music of Solidarity & Convergence

    May 01, 2018, 7:30 PM to May 01, 2018, 7:30 PM

    The WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus will perform the music of Brahms and Schubert, in addition to contemporary choral literature. WP alumna and horn player Erika Arango will perform as guest artist on this concert.

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts