Jen Chapin has been celebrated for "brilliantly soulfully poetic urban folk music" (NPR) that? "brings a jazzy edge to the folk form" (The New Yorker). Chapin's? music reflects her musical upbringing and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups.
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.
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The concert features the music of WP music professors Peter Jarvis, Payton MacDonald, Edgard Varése and others.
Presented by Theatreworks USA
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Admission: General Seating $10.00
Please note: These sensory-friendly performances are only open to classes and families with children on the autism spectrum. For ticket reservations and information, please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178. or email email@example.com.
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.
Chatham, NJ native Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a farm-to-table movement that advocates for organic, sustainable, and locally sourced food for everyone. Waters’ restaurant, Chez Panisse, is ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” and her commitment to finding the highest-quality ingredients has created a network of farmers and purveyors dedicated to viable agriculture. Waters has authored ten books, including her memoir Coming to My Senses, which will be available for purchase.
Book signing immediately follows lecture.
Admission: $28.00 General Admission
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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.
Program features music by Elliott Carter, Peter Jarvis, David Saperstein, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Wuorinen and others.
Music selection features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
Iktus Duo (flute and percussion) is an ensemble based in New York City that specializes in commissioning, promotion, and educational outreach of new music.
The most authentic QUEEN live show since the days of QUEEN themselves. A deliberate four piece band, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience.
Admission: Orchestra $40.00 • Loge $35.00
NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series (YAS) Tour of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM. From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe. Based on an Idea by David McCall. Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
The Emmy Award - winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to Unpack Your Adjectives and do The Circulations!
Recommended for grades 1 to 5. Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m. Admission: Free for children (under 18) • $8.00 Adults
Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series
How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?
Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.
Admission: $10 Syrian Lunch
Syria Supper Club
University Theatre, in conjunction with Food for Thought presents They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo
Translated by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Directed by Samantha Tella
A new translation of Italian playwright/activist Dario Fo’s classic play about working-class citizens rebelling against the high price of food. Two friends become part of a supermarket frenzy, leading to hilarious circumstances, with a message of equality for all.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $10 This production performs March 22-25, 2018 Thursday-Saturday at 7:00pm • Saturday also at 2:00pm • Sunday at 3:00pm
Four prominent writers, including a former NY Times columnist, and the current restaurant editor of Food & Wine Magazine, discuss how food writers help shape what we eat. This panel discussion offers a fascinating look at food trends, celebrity chefs, and the foodie nation.
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.
Come hear our annual Composer-In-Residence Day concert.
The 6th Annual Composers Day concert will feature music by WP composers and Edgard Varése.
Members of the environmental/art and design collective SPURSE, authors of Eat Your Sidewalk, discuss food and the environment with Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of the former NYC farm-to-table restaurant Savoy. SPURSE will offer tastes of foraged foods during lecture.
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.
Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00
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
For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it’s all about the blues! His incredible musical journey spans over 50 years, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.
Admission: Gold Circle $50.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $45.00 • Rear Loge $40.00
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!
Enjoy an evening of chamber music as the ensembles perform the works of Nelhybel, Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Susato, Gabrielli, and Gershwin.
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.
Food for Thought Series presents The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra performs with freshly prepared instruments made out of vegetables like a saxophone-soundalike “cucumberphone”, pumpkin bass drums struck with lemon grass, various carrot flutes, Butternut Squashes that carry the sound of brass instruments, and other really cool inventions. Kids will never look at their vegetables the same way!
Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m. Appropriate for all ages
Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
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.
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.
Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.
Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.
Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone program, Syria Supper Club.
Admission: $10.00 Heritage Lunch
The United Tastes of America
University Theatre presents My Wonderful Day by Alan Ayckbourn Directed by WP professor Jerry Beal
Nine-year-old Winnie has to write an essay describing everything that happened to her. As she sits in her house and observes the goings on around her, the essay becomes considerably more than anything she had expected. The mastery of Alan Ayckbourn’s craft is shown in another extraordinary blend of comedy and pathos that dissects contemporary English life.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $10 The productions performs April 19-22, 2018Thursday-Saturday at 7:00pm • Friday also at 11:00 am • Saturday also at 2:00pm • Sunday at 3:00pm
Film and Discussion
Does environmental sustainability mean it’s okay to poach, hunt and forage? Celebrity chef, food writer and environmentalist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, tackles these sometimes-controversial issues. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE, which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership.
Concert features the music of Edgard Varése, Charles Wuorinen and others.
Music selections by Peter Jarvis, David Gillingham, Howard Hanson, and Alfred Reed.
Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals
Broadway Backstage! is one of the most unique and satisfying theatrical experiences available for contemporary audiences of today. From their starring roles in Broadway’s most popular musicals such as Chicago, Wicked, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, six Broadway stars belt out the tunes that they sing for thousands every night on the Great White Way! Hear their backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, 'big break' moments, and other insider stories - while enjoying songs from your favorite Broadway shows!
Admission: $48.00 Gold Circle • $45.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $42.00 Rear Loge?
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.
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.
In this comedic competition, WP students take suggestions from the audience and create improvisations, vying against each other for the highest score.
For information please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come laugh with us as WP students perform comedy sketches written and developed in the format of Saturday Night Live!
Join us as WP students take their final exam for Stand-up I by performing their sets live at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC!
Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212-367-9000 for reservations. Ask for William Paterson Comedy Performance.
James D’Amico Productions presents Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was Featuring Classic Stones Live and The Cast of Beatlemania
It has been a hotly debated topic for fifty years: which group captured the hearts of more fans – The Beatles or The Stones? Experience the music that shaped a generation as the super tribute groups the cast of Beatlemania and Classic Stones Live square off for a Battle Royale!
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge
James D'Amico Productions
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