CHINESE CULTURE TALKA Gathering: Face to Face with the Crew of Chinese Folk Dance Drama Princess Zhaojun
Sponsored byChina Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG)andWilliam Paterson University
Hosted byCenter for Chinese Art at William Paterson University
Presented byChina National Opera and Dance Drama Theater
Members of the elite China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre will perform selections from Princess Zhaojun. The centuries-old story of Princess Zhaojun brings to life the real story of one of China's most important heroines, Wang Zhaojun, then an imperial concubine, who sacrifices her comfortable palace life to secure peace on the turbulent border of northern China. There will be three performance selections that will include an introduction to the art of Chinese dancing, Chinese folk dance, and a scene from Princess Zhaojun, as well as audience interaction. The performance includes dance, drama, opulent costumes and live traditional Chinese music. The deputy director of the China National Opera and the Dance Drama Theatre will intersperse the performance with commentary explaining the story and history of the performance.
Admission: FREE, but advance registration is required. To register: www.wpunj.edu/ccart
Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today’s audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band’s treasured catalog, including “Up On Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $28 • WP standard discounts apply.
The Weight Band
A young boy’s love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America’s favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.
Admission: Adults $10 • Free for children under 18
Pushcart Players NJ Theatre Alliance The Stages Festival
WP alumnus Roxy Coss is considered one of the leading young saxophonists on the New York jazz scene. She was recently listed asDown Beatmagazine’s “Rising Star” on soprano saxophone and is the first artist to be recognized by New York City’s American Federation of Musicians Local 802 Emerging Artist Award.
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 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 New Music and Percussion Ensemble, along with other ensembles, will perform new and repertoire compositions for tambourines.
Ingrid Jensen is considered one of today’s leading trumpeters and has toured and recorded with a long list of jazz heavyweights. This program features Jensen as a soloist with the WP Jazz Orchestra and also includes premieres of several new arrangements created by WP masters jazz arranging students.
This concert features music by Philip Glass and others.
Ice Cycle is a dance expressing the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic icescape using artistry to illustrate climate change. The piece is inspired by choreographer Jody Sperling’s experience dancing on Artic polar sea ice. For this performance, Time Lapse Dance Ensemble collaborates with composer Matthew Burtner, a pioneer in eco-acoustics, to include ice-inflected sounds to create stunningly beautiful music.
Admission: General Public $5 • WP students admitted free with ID.
Time Lapse Dance Ensemble
Travels with my Auntby Grahame Greene and Giles HavergalDirected by Jerry Beal
From Paris to Rome to Turkey and Paraguay, a conservative, recently retired bank manager is drawn into a wild and unimaginable adventure with his flamboyant and inimitable aunt. Join us for this tour de force that demonstrates the outermost limits of theatrical imagination.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens $10Please note that there will be no late seating for this performance.
Gilbert and Sullivan'sThe Pirates of PenzanceDirected by Phillip SprayberryConducted by Lois Buesser
WP students perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s zany operetta that follows a young man mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate. Conflict ensues and madcap madness abounds, but love wins in the end.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens $10
Phillip SprayberryLois Buesser
Recommended for grades Pre-K to 3
This colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, this amusing tale traces the adventures of Madeline who – despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions are not everything.
Note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children on the autism spectrum. Call 973.720.3178 for reservations.
This concert features music by Michael Colgrass and others.
Best of the Eagles is the most exact interpretation of the Eagles in America, performed by musicians with auspicious pedigrees and a passionate love of the Eagles music. Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. They expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands.
Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35
Best of the Eagles
Virginia Repertory Theatre presents The Jungle Book Based on the classic tale by Rudyard Kipling Directed by Scott Wichman Music by Julie Fulcher
Set in the jungles of southern India, Mowgli, a boy raised by a pack of wolves, has a life full of adventure and conflict. Joined by his best friends Baloo and Bagheera, Mowgli must confront the notorious tiger, Shere Khan. Kipling’s fantastic story teaches respect for life, both animal and human, and the idea of harmony amongst all living things.
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Ray Vega is a crossover artist, immersed in jazz and salsa. His distinctive trumpet brought him to perform and record with legends like Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow, and many more. For this program, Vega will combine his unique sound and deep experiences with the WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by veteran faculty member Chico Mendoza.
Join us for an evening of laughs as WP students perform comedy sketches written and developed in the format of Saturday Night Live!
Admission: FreeFor information please contact Professor Elizabeth Stroppel at email@example.com.
Carl Orff's Carmina Buranafeaturing the WP Choir and Percussion Ensemble with the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts Vocal & Dance Ensemble
Conducted by Lauren Fowler-CalistoChoreographed by Erin Pride
This unique presentation of Carmina Burana features a dance component that is rarely ever choreographed for this symphonic and vocal masterpiece. The concert features WP music faculty as guest artists: Carl Patrick Bolleia and Bernie Visto, piano; Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; David Guzman, tenor; and Chloe Holgate, soprano.
Admission: $5 • Students admitted free.
Lauren Fowler-CalistoErin Pride
WP students from the stand-up introduction class perform live sets at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club!
Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000 for reservations. Ask for William Paterson Comedy Performance.
Gotham Comedy Club
Since 1958, The Lettermen have been entertaining audiences with their exquisite harmonies and soulful ballads. Go back in time with hits likeWhen I Fall in Love, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Hurt So Badand so many more. For one night only, this special concert delivers songs by two of the most romantic singing group of the sixties. Fall in love with the music all over again.
Admission: Orchestra $55 • Loge $45
The Lettermen Let's Hang On!
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