Music Department Events

  • Midday Artist Series • Voice and Piano Recital
    Feb 09, 2023, 12:30 PM to Feb 09, 2023, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
    Charity Wicks, piano

    Grammy-nominated baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert, and renowned pianist and musical directror Charity Wicks perform works by Robert & Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Nico Muhly, John Link, and Jason Robert Brown.

    General Admission: Free


     

  • Midday Artist Series • Percussion Recital
    Feb 21, 2023, 12:30 PM to Feb 21, 2023, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Nava Dunkelman and Payton MacDonald, percussion

    General Admission: Free


     

  • Midday Artist Series • Cold Weather Company
    Feb 23, 2023, 12:30 PM to Feb 23, 2023, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Original Songs by this New Jersey-based independent alternative folk band.

    General Admission: Free


     

  • Midday Artist Series • WP Composers Day
    Mar 09, 2023, 12:30 PM to Mar 09, 2023, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Compositions by WP Student and Faculty composers! Featuring the World Premiere of WP Professor and Coordinator of Theory, David J. Weisberg’s Variations Sonata for solo piano, performed by WP Professor of piano and new music, Carl Patrick Bolleia. Q&A with the composers and performers to follow. WP New Music Series, Carl Patrick Bolleia, Director

    This event is Free Admission and open to the public


     

  • WP Voice • Spanish-Language Song Evening
    Mar 23, 2023, 7:00 PM to Mar 23, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Voice students and pianists perform Spanish-language art songs and arias.
    With pianists Hannah Comia, June Marano-Murray, and Charity Wicks

    General Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents! and Jazz Room Series • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Mar 25, 2023, 8:00 PM to Mar 25, 2023, 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrating over 45 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-five-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genrebending romps and high-octane performances. 
     
    Members include: Roger Lewis - Baritone Sax/Vocals Kevin Harris - Tenor Sax/Vocals Gregory Davis - Trumpet/Vocals Kirk Joseph - Sousaphone TJ Norris - Trombone/Vocals Julian Addison - Drums Takeshi Shimmura - Guitar 
     
    In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $45 • Orchestra/Front Loge $40 • Rear Loge $35


     

  • Midday Artist Series • Parhelion Trio
    Mar 30, 2023, 12:30 PM to Mar 30, 2023, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    New York City based all-female flute, clarinet, and piano trio dedicated to connecting diverse audiences through innovative programming.

    General Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents! & Jazz Room Series
    Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo

    Apr 16, 2023, 3:00 PM to Apr 16, 2023, 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.

    Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard.”

    In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama's State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.

    Reeves’ most recent release Beautiful Life, features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Reeves is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School.  In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master — the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists. 

    Dianne Reeves
    Romero Lubambo

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra and Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45

    This concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall 101.
    Free to all ticket holders.  Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.