All Events

  • Midday Artist Series
    New Beginnings featuring Lisa Pike, French horn
    with Pianist Elizabeth Rogers and flutist Karen Demsey

    Sep 23, 2021 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This program features trios, duos and solo pieces from this unique trio.  WP adjunct faculty member Lisa Pike is a first-call New York French horn artist who has performed with a wide range of artists, from the Spoleto and Caramoor Festivals, the Bard Festival and Yale at Norfolk, as well as concerts with popular artists Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Brian Wilson, The Moody Blues, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Mannheim Steamroller, Ray Charles, Patti Lupone, The Three Irish Tenors, and Chita Rivera. She has appeared in the orchestras for over 30 Broadway shows.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Janis Siegel

    Sep 26, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The fall series opens with the historic vocalist Janis Siegel, the veteran lead voice of Manhattan Transfer since 1972.  Her voice led the group as they achieved international popularity through the 1980s and onward, winning 10 Grammy awards and entry into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.  She has also been a member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra.  Along with her ongoing work with the Transfer, she has continued to maintain a wonderful solo career, and in that role, she appears on the Shea stage, with a band that includes John DiMartino on piano and Luques Curtis on bass.

    Janis Siegel

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • WP Presents! in Conjunction with WP's Latinidad Heritage Celebration
    La Cumbiamba eNeYé
    Traditional Colombian Music and Dance

    Sep 27, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Outside on Shea Center Plaza*

    The powerfully rhythmic Afro-Colombian music of La Cumbiamba eNeYé is the heart of the traditional open-air gatherings known as cumbiambas, from which the ensemble takes its name. Performing the music of both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Colombia, the group has been establishing itself as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the United States. La Cumbiamba explores the Colombian musical styles of cumbia, puya and mapalé with the use of traditional instruments from the African Diaspora, as well as those of the Indians of Colombia and the European settlers. Under the direction of folklorist and multi-percussionist Martin Vejarano Avila, La Cumbiamba eNeYe´ puts on a thrilling performance. 

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Admission: Free!

    *Please note: This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Shea Auditorium.


     

  • Midday Artist Series
    Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone with Anna Keiserman, piano

    Sep 30, 2021 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP faculty member Christopher Dylan Herbert is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee, and has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and he regularly presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He frequently develops new opera and concert works, including commissions by Hannah Lash, Gregory Spears, Laura Kaminsky, and Ellen Reid. His current research focuses on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania. He was the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony from 2010 to 2020. Herbert and Keiserman will present a program of art songs by Tchakovsky, Massenet, Bauer, and Sviridov.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Buster Williams & Something More

    Oct 03, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This all-star group includes pianist George Colligan, two veterans from different eras of Chick Corea’s bands, saxophonist Steve Wilson, and the historic drummer Lenny White.  Bandleader Buster Williams is a veteran of groups led by Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Mary Lou Williams, and Stanley Turrentine, as well as being a noted vocal accompanist, with Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and others.  He has led “Something More” since 1990, including tours of the U.S. and Europe, and the first international jazz festival in Moscow.  

     This engagement of Buster Williams & Something More is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Buster Williams

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Russell Malone Quartet

    Oct 10, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Russell Malone is one of the world’s leading jazz guitar voices, as a soloist and as a bandleader. He brings his artistry to our stage as a veteran of many tours as a longtime member of bands led by Ron Carter, Diana Krall and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Jones, Branford Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jack McDuff, Mulgrew Miller, and early touring with the great organist Jimmy Smith. He has recorded with such varied artists as Houston Person, Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn, Mose Allison, Gary Burton, and the Chieftains. His quartet for this concert includes pianist Rick Germanson, WP alumnus Vince Dupont on bass, and drummer Neal Smith.

    Russell Malone at All About Jazz

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Art Farmer Tribute Quintet – Archive Dedication

    Oct 24, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This event celebrates the music and career of the legendary trumpeter Art Farmer, whose archive collection will now be a part of the William Paterson Living Jazz Archives.  This concert will feature a band of veterans of Farmer’s groups, including pianist and WP jazz adjunct faculty Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Yoron Israel, and WP faculty and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.   This concert will feature music from Art Farmer’s actual touring band books, from the new archive, and will celebrate this great musician and new collection at the highest musical level. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Art Farmer Archive. 

    Art Farmer

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • WP Voice
    Musical Theatre Ensemble Performance

    Nov 05, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The student-led Musical Theatre Ensemble presents a review of various selections from musical theatre works.

    Student coordinators: Taylor Andresen & Bridget Maresca
    Piano: Lois Buesser

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Linda Ronstadt Experience
    starring American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh

    Nov 05, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh creates a stunning portrayal of Linda Ronstadt in the prime of her career. Supported by a superb backing band, Tristan’s formidable vocal talent and stage presence will transport you to a time when Linda Ronstadt ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular female vocalists in music history. The Linda Ronstadt Experience takes you on a musical journey of chart-topping smash hits such as "You're No Good", "When Will I Be Loved", "That'll Be The Day", "Blue Bayou" and many more classic hits by Jackson Brown, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Little Feat, to name a few! 

    The Linda Ronstadt Experience
    Tristan McIntosh

    Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20


     

  • WP Voice
    Musical Theatre Ensemble Performance

    Nov 06, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The student-led Musical Theatre Ensemble presents a review of various selections from musical theatre works.

    Student coordinators: Taylor Andresen & Bridget Maresca
    Piano: Lois Buesser

    Admission: Free


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Scott Robinson
    with the William Paterson University Jazz Orchestra

    Nov 07, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is a true virtuoso – able to perform music from the entire history of jazz at the highest artist level.  This concert celebrates the return of the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra led by David Demsey, after nearly 18 months off due to the pandemic – and there could be no better soloist to bring the band, and our audience that breadth and depth of jazz history.  This program will feature the music of Maria Schneider (whose band features Robinson as a prominent soloist), Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, and some Robinson originals, all performed on a truly amazing array of instruments. 

    Scott Robinson at Internation Musician

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • WP Voice
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 12, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents scenes from various works of opera and musical theatre.

    Stage Director: Christopher Herbert
    Musical Director: Charity Wicks

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 13, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents scenes from various works of opera and musical theatre.

    Stage Director: Christopher Herbert
    Musical Director: Charity Wicks

    Admission: Free


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Ryan Truesdell – Birth of the Cool Live

    Nov 14, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Grammy-winning Arranger/bandleader/producer Ryan Truesdell has established a major reputation in recent years for his work on The Gil Evans Project, recreating and performing the music of this great arranger.  There is perhaps no more significant music in the past seventy years than the historic 1949 Birth of the Cool album, arranged by Evans and Gerry Mulligan, featuring Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Mulligan, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, and others.  Truesdell has done a huge amount of work to reassemble the original scores from that album – which will be performed live on this concert, by a nine-piece band made up of best young jazz stars that New York has to offer, all dedicated to combining their own voices with the authenticity of this breathtakingly lush music.  This is a truly rare listening experience that you will want to experience. 

    Ryan Truesdell

    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.
    Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

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


     

  • WP Voice
    Song Evening

    Nov 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Voice Students perform art songs and arias.

    June Marano-Murray and Charity Wicks, piano

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Music
    An Evening with WP Flutes and Friends

    Nov 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Program TBA

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents!
    Destination Motown featuring The Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Nov 19, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Destination Motown is a multi-media show performed by New Jersey’s own, The Sensational Soul Cruisers, delivering the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. This incredible live band brings a “WOW” show, time after time. They will have you singing and dancing along to all your favorite Motown hits.

    The Sensational Soul Cruisers are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations. If you remember a movie called “Eddie and the Cruisers,” you would be interested to know that the Soul Cruisers rhythm section was the band behind Eddie Testa, as Eddie and the Cruisers. That band and its name inspired the movie of the same name. So many National Artists have been guests at Soul Cruisers shows, including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, John Eddie, Southside Johnny, and so many more.

    Destination Motown
    Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30


     

  • WP Presents!
    Nashville Girls Night Out featuring Jenny Leigh Miller
    A Tribute to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

    Nov 20, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Nashville Girls Night Out is a seven-piece tribute celebrating the music of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, the women who have dominated country music in the past decade. The show, featuring Jenny Leigh Miller is in two parts, with wardrobe and hair changes, taking the audience on a journey that highlights the mega-hits of each of these Current Top Leading Ladies of Country.

    Jenny Leigh Miller

    Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20


     

  • WP Percussion
    Nov 21, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This program features contemporary Percussion Music by composers Sekhon, Colgrass, Nelson, Glass, Moore III, and Daughtrey.

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Voice
    WP Choirs Winter Concert

    Dec 03, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Rochelle Park, NJ

    William Paterson Choirs present a program of holiday-themed music.

    Lauren Fowler-Calisto, director
    Lois Buesser & Alla Milstein, keyboards


     

  • WP Presents!
    Rock This Town’s Orchestra Holiday Spectacular
    A Tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra

    Dec 03, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Come celebrate the holiday season with a highly energetic and visually stunning holiday show like no other playing hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, as well as your favorite Christmas classics. Hear your favorite hits such as Rock This Town, Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk, In The Mood, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and many more. This show will have you dancing in your seats all night long.

    Rock This Town

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • $30 Loge