Music Department Events

  • WP Voice presents
    Whitman's War: A Reading of a New Musical by Clint Edwards

    Sep 06, 2018, 5:00 PM to Sep 06, 2018, 5:00 PM

    WP Voice presents a reading of Clint Edwards' new musical, Whitman's War​, performed by WP students and faculty. 

    Admission: FREE!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • WP Voice presents
    Whitman's War: A Reading of a New Musical by Clint Edwards

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

    WP Voice presents a reading of Clint Edwards' new musical, Whitman's War​, performed by WP students and faculty. 

    Admission: FREE!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • WP Voice presents
    Whitman's War: A Reading of a New Musical by Clint Edwards

    Sep 07, 2018, 7:30 PM to Sep 07, 2018, 7:30 PM

    WP Voice presents a reading of Clint Edwards' new musical, Whitman's War​, performed by WP students and faculty. 

    Admission: FREE!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra

    Sep 20, 2018, 12:30 PM to Sep 20, 2018, 1:45 PM

    WP jazz faculty member Pete McGuinness leads a 16-piece big band in a public premiere of McGuinness’s new compositions and arrangements. This rare and exciting concert will be a run-up to the group’s recording session for McGuinness’s new CD project, featuring performances of his new works.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Marlene VerPlanck Memorial Tribute
    Special Scholarship Concert

    Sep 23, 2018, 2:00 PM to Sep 23, 2018, 2:00 PM

    This all-star concert and scholarship fundraiser will celebrate the life and career of vocalist Marlene VerPlanck, who passed away last spring.  Her many solo recordings featured the American Songbook, and a stellar list of accompanists and collaborators; she also had a major career as a studio recording performer, singing backup vocals for such legends as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others, and recording familiar jingles such as "Mm'm Good" for Campbell's Soup, "weekends were made for Michelob," and "Nationwide is on your side" that put her usually uncredited voice in the ears of every U.S. household. Performers on this concert will include some of the New Jersey and New York jazz legends who collaborated with Marlene on her many recordings and live performances, plus representatives from the William Paterson jazz studies program who have been the proud recipients of the J. Billy VerPlanck Memorial Scholarship. All concert proceeds will benefit the VerPlanck Memorial Scholarship, appropriately renamed to honor both J. Billy and Marlene VerPlanck and their contributions to William Paterson University.

    Admission: $20 • WP students are admitted free with ID


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    Composers Concordance Chorus

    Sep 24, 2018, 7:00 PM to Sep 24, 2018, 7:00 PM

    This performance will feature over thirty, one-minute world premiere pieces for unaccompanied chorus, including the works of four WP composers.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Trombonist Tim Newman & Pianist David DeMotta Duo

    Sep 27, 2018, 12:30 PM to Sep 27, 2018, 1:45 PM

    This duo features WP music faculty member and bass trombonist Tim Newman, who is a veteran of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and tours with They Might Be Giants, paired with WP jazz alumnus and newly arrived WP adjunct faculty David DeMotta. The relationship of these two top-level jazz performers and scholars began as student-teacher mentorship and evolved into performing colleagues, showcased on this invigorating concert.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    TBA

    Oct 04, 2018, 12:30 PM to Oct 04, 2018, 1:45 PM

    Please check back for more information.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Oct 07, 2018, 3:00 PM to Oct 07, 2018, 3:00 PM

    The WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles combine for an epic performance of Robert Morris’s Oracles.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: High Mountain Reserve Park, 100 University Drive, Wayne, NJ
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Barry Harris Trio with Larry McKenna

    Oct 14, 2018, 4:00 PM to Oct 14, 2018, 4:00 PM

    The Jazz Room’s 41st season kicks off with the triumphant return of the legendary NEA Jazz Master after his unfortunate Jazz Room concert postponement from a year ago, leading his trio joined by the historic Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Harris is a true bebop pioneer and a rare connection to that formative jazz era that is the foundation of so much of today’s music. He is a product of historic collaborations with such giants as Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Thad Jones, and countless others. His energy and musical strengths are undiminished by his age and will be showcased in this performance. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day
    NOTE: An original ticket stub from Harris’s postponed November 2017 concert will earn free admission to this event!

    Barry Harris
    Larry McKenna at All About Jazz


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Cellist Joseph Kimura and Pianist Carl Patrick Bolleia

    Oct 18, 2018, 12:30 PM to Oct 18, 2018, 1:45 PM

    WP music faculty members Joseph Kimura and Carl Patrick Bolleia will perform a program inspired by dance, including Chopin’s Op. 3and Introductionand Polonaise Brillante, Stravinksy's Suite Italienne, and solo piano music by American composer, William Bolcom, in celebration of his 80thbirthday.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    René Marie - Experiment in Truth

    Oct 21, 2018, 4:00 PM to Oct 21, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Vocalist René Marie has forged a reputation as not only one of the top singers in current jazz, but also as a versatile arranger, composer, and theater performer. Guided and tempered in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    René Marie

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    The engagement of René Marie is partially funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Oct 22, 2018, 7:00 PM to Oct 22, 2018, 7:00 PM

    The ensembles, along with alumni and other area professionals, will present a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Riverside Guitar Duo

    Oct 25, 2018, 12:30 PM to Oct 25, 2018, 1:45 PM

    WP music alumnus Matthew Pidi and Matthew Kaplan perform music for classical guitar from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Gene Bertoncini & Mike Mainieri Quartet

    Oct 28, 2018, 4:00 PM to Oct 28, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Guitarist Gene Bertoncini was an early protégé of Buddy Rich, was a member of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and has longtime associations with Tony Bennett and Benny Goodman, to name a few. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is an accomplished composer. He also produced three Carly Simon albums and recorded with Dire Straits, Laura Nyro, David Sanborn, and Michael Franks. This all-star duo will co-lead a quartet as part of a Bertoncini-led CD recording project. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Gene Bertoncini
    Mike Mainieri at NYC Records


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Renee Rosnes Quartet

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

    Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has recorded 17 albums as a leader and worked with many of the great jazz masters. Rosnes has also appeared in concert and on recordings with her husband Bill Charlap, WP director of jazz studies. Her most recent recording, Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions) features her all-star quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Renee Rosnes


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

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

    The ensembles, along with alumni and other area professionals, will present a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Nov 07, 2018, 8:00 PM to Nov 07, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Check back for more information!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Jimmy Heath
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra dir. by David Demsey

    Nov 11, 2018, 4:00 PM to Nov 11, 2018, 4:00 PM

    A true national treasure, Jimmy Heath joins the powerful WP Jazz Orchestra in a program of his arrangements of his own original compositions such as “Gingerbread Boy,” “For Minors Only,” “CTA,” and “A Sound for Sore Ears.” The ageless virtuoso tenor and soprano saxophonist has played with a who’s-who of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and many others. Heath returns to the Shea stage as part of his valued relationship with William Paterson’s jazz studies program.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Jimmy Heath


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Voice presents
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 16, 2018, 7:30 PM to Nov 16, 2018, 7:30 PM

    WP Opera presents students in captivating and delightful scenes from diverse opera and musical theatre works.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • WP Voice presents
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 17, 2018, 7:30 PM to Nov 17, 2018, 7:30 PM

    WP Opera presents students in captivating and delightful scenes from diverse opera and musical theatre works.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    Premiere screening of Ringing Changes: 50 Years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble

    Nov 19, 2018, 7:00 PM to Nov 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

    The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has been on the forefront of the percussive arts since 1968. A new documentary film by Payton MacDonald chronicles the development of the ensemble, with extensive interview footage from members of the group, as well as founder Ray DesRoches, composers Charles Wuorinen, Robert Pollock, David Saperstein, and many others. The film also includes historical footage and new performances.

    Admission:  Free!

    Screenings on November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm


    Location: Hobart Hall Room 140A
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    Premiere screening of Ringing Changes: 50 Years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble

    Nov 19, 2018, 9:00 PM to Nov 19, 2018, 9:00 PM

    The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has been on the forefront of the percussive arts since 1968. A new documentary film by Payton MacDonald chronicles the development of the ensemble, with extensive interview footage from members of the group, as well as founder Ray DesRoches, composers Charles Wuorinen, Robert Pollock, David Saperstein, and many others. The film also includes historical footage and new performances.

    Admission:  Free!

    Screenings on November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm


    Location: Hobart Hall Room 140A
     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet

    Dec 02, 2018, 4:00 PM to Dec 02, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Cynthia Sayer has taken on the rare status as a jazz banjo performer. As a virtuoso and spokesperson for the instrument, Sayer appeared on the PBS documentary “Give Me the Banjo.” She is one of the founding members of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band and has performed as part of four of his movies. Her fabulous playing cemented her place in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame as a contemporary performer.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Cynthia Sayer


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Dec 03, 2018, 7:00 PM to Dec 03, 2018, 7:00 PM

    The ensembles will perform a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Voice presents
    Winter Choral Concert

    Dec 04, 2018, 7:30 PM to Dec 04, 2018, 7:30 PM

    The concert will feature the J.S. Bach cantata, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131,in addition to seasonal choral favorites.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wayne, NJ