Dhegrae works with WP music students to help them hone their ideas about their careers and their roles as artists in society.
“Vocal versatility and an omnivorous curiosity” (New York Times) are the hallmarks of mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae, a passionate vocalist with a flexible technique that fits a variety of styles. She is an Artist in Residency at National Sawdust for the 2019-2020 season, presenting a multi-concert project, The Processing Series, which explores trauma’s relationship to the voice. She is the Director of the Resonant Bodies Festival, an international presenter of boundary-pushing contemporary music vocalists, which she founded in 2013.
Anton Vishio - Solo Piano
The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble will perform 12 premieres.
Bill Charlap - Solo Piano
Grammy-winning pianist Bill Charlap’s five years as William Paterson’s jazz studies director have shown that he is an equal inspiration as a teacher and as a pianist. He is a veteran of long memberships in groups led by legendary saxophonists Phil Woods and Gerry Mulligan, and his trio of over twenty years is one of the leading jazz groups of jazz. His duo partner Jon Faddis is an equally major jazz figure, on the New York and national scene first as a studio musician, then as the lead trumpet with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, as leader of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and since the 1970s as a major solo artist mentored by and often associated with the iconic Dizzy Gillespie.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8WP 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.
Bill CharlapJon Faddis
WP Voice faculty perform French-language art songs and arias.
“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.
Admission: $35 Orchestra • $30 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply
The sudden loss this past fall of the iconic pianist Harold Mabern was felt perhaps nowhere else more than the halls of William Paterson’s jazz program, where he taught for 39 years and had a profound effect on alumni and fellow faculty alike. Two of Mabern’s most well-known WP alumni, saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer Joe Farnsworth are joined by new WP faculty member pianist Mike LeDonne and a host of WP alumni and faculty in this tribute to the late piano master, and a fundraiser for the newly established Harold Mabern Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Harold Mabern in Jazz Times
San Jose Taiko’s distinct performance style blends traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and Jazz. Known for synchronized choreography, eclectic musicality, and joyful spirit, the group has captivated audiences worldwide with the empowering sounds of taiko and connecting people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.
San Jose Taiko is acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world, whose artistry, philosophy, and unique organizational structure are studied and emulated by many arts groups throughout the U.S. and Japan. Recognized for its artistic and managerial excellence, San Jose Taiko has received both Advancement and Challenge Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chevron Award for Excellence. Most recently, in 2010, the Foreign Minister’s office of the Japanese government awarded San Jose Taiko the Foreign Minister’s Commendation of Achievement in recognition of the group’s (then) 38-year history and contributions to the taiko art form. San Jose Taiko is only the second North American taiko group to receive that honor.
Admission: $25 Orchestra • $20 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply
San Jose Taiko
The most classic of all fairy tales springs to life in this fast-paced musical production featuring ragged Cinderella and the handsome prince looking for a bride.Please note: This sensory-friendly performance is geared towards individuals with sensory, social or learning disabilities as well as the general public.
Admission: $12 Adults • $10 Children • $1 off Group discount for 10 or more tickets in the same order.
WP Composers-In-Residence Day
Saxophonist-flutist Mitch Frohman is well known for his 25 years with the iconic Tito Puente’s Orchestra, as well as his membership with the Mongo Santamaria Band. He is leader or co-leader of the Bronx Horns, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and the Eddie Torres Mambo Kings Dance Show Orchestra. Frohman will be joined by the students of the high-energy William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble, which has been performing at such an exciting level on our Jazz Room stage for decades under the leadership of faculty member Chico Mendoza.
The ensembles will perform music of WP composers and others.
The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste MoliereTranslation by Miles MallesonDirected by Nancy Kutzer
This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.
Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens
Performances:Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Literature to Life Stage PresentationBased on the Novel If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, ©1974Adapted and Directed by Elise ThoronPerformed by Channie Waites
James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk is a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. Young lovers, Tish and Fonny, discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby is born. This story of one family's fight for justice in a society where institutional discrimination has the power to destroy lives will resonate with audiences from all walks of life.
This fifty-minute solo performance is told through Tish's point of view as well as Fonny's. The whole story describes the strength and courage of the Rivers family and how they stuck together until the end. The tone of the story is both sad and sweet. The content is very explicit with mature scenes.
Literature to Life
Acclaimed opera singer and former WP voice faculty Stephen Bryant will perform Schubert’s Winterreise accompanied by pianist and WP music faculty Warren Helms.
WP undergrad and graduate alumnus Brian McCarthy has created a nine-piece work that has been called by Down Beat magazine “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance” for its work in chronicling the years of reconciliation after the Civil War which gave birth to, among many other things, the jazz art form. This project started as an arts grant in McCarthy’s home state of Vermont, and features a number of great soloists who are alumni of William Paterson’s Jazz Program. Its title is taken directly from the final line of an Abraham Lincoln speech.
WP Voice students perform a selection of French-language songs and arias.
Virginia Repertory Theatre’sHarriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Book and Lyrics by Douglas JonesMusic by Ron Barnett
This stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world.
Please note: This play includes offensive language for the purpose of historical accuracy. Offense is never an objective for any of our shows. It is our hope that this will inspire an educational and enlightening discussion between students and teachers and parents.
Virginia Repertory Theatre
The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine's stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest. In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling early 1970's Pink Floyd. Their use of theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has been sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Buffalo, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), long time stagemate Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals), and the newest addition to the band, Dylan Kelehan (bass, vocals).
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $30 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply
WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja. These brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ & a drummer. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Their music is a reflection of their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.
“Our protégés, Sons of Mystro are an innovative musical force that is ready to take the world by storm.” -Black Violin
Admission: $10 • WP students admitted free with ID.
Sons of Mystro
Join us for a different form of comedy each day as we celebrate the laughter and skills of WP comedy students.
March 26, 7:00 p.m. • Stand-Up
March 27, 7:00 p.m. • Sketch Comedy
March 28, 7:00 p.m. • Improvisation
March 29, 3:00 p.m. • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts
Best of the Eagles is the most exact interpretation of the music of the Eagles in America, bar none! Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This group of excellent musicians expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. Enjoy a great night of Eagles hits.
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply
Best of the Eagles
Join Dorothy the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie.
Admission: $12 Adults • $10 Children • $1 off Group discount for 10 or more tickets in the same order.
For nearly 30 years, Graham Parker has been slinging his signature sound, earning a spot in the pantheon of influential rock ‘n’ roll figures. Since his early days with The Rumour, Parker has coupled punk’s energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&B, country, and soul music. With a snotty barroom brawler’s rasp, a soul man’s swagger, and an indelible ear for hooks and songcraft, you will find that Parker is still at the absolute top of his game.
Graham Parker emerged from England’s vibrant mid-70s pub rock music scene, and was promptly tagged the quintessential angry young man. His musical style informed the likes of Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, as well as earning raves from rock critics worldwide. His recordings with The Rumour are legendary, earning two spots in Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time.”
Gary Smulyan’s award as Down Beat 2019 Readers Poll Baritone Saxophonist of the Year is the 19th such award won by this master of the large horn. A member of Joe Lovano’s large group and veteran of big bands led by Woody Herman and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Smulyan has become the world’s leading baritone soloist. He is joined by the tenor sax giant Ralph Moore, who is a veteran of groups led by Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, and is returning to the jazz scene after over a decade as part of Kevin Eubank’s NBC Tonight Show band in California. The two major saxophone voices are joined by pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist David Wong and drummer Carl Allen.
Gary SmulyanRalph Moore at All Music
Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Dashon Burton works with WP Voice students in a master class and workshop.
Incognito by Nick PayneDirected by Jerry Beal
A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions.
Performances:Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.Sat., April 18 also at 2:00 p.m.Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Orpheus in the Underworldby Jacques OffenbachStage Direction by Nathaniel MerchantMusical Direction by Christopher HerbertChoreography by Angel Reed
First Act Teaser
WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can!
Admission: $10 General Public • $5 WP students and alumni
The eighteen-piece WP Jazz Orchestra meets the versatile vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is a veteran of bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, and a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group. Nelson has also performed with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. A bachelors and masters graduate of Rutgers University, Nelson has also been on the Princeton faculty. Along with Nelson’s interpretations of jazz classics and standards, this concert will feature masters student arrangements of Nelson’s compositions written especially for this concert.
Steve Nelson at All About Jazz
Featuring WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and a jazz trio with special guests: Chicago Children's Choir Touring Ensemble, Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir and soloist, Deidra Toran of "Eden Gem" (Baltimore). This concert will highlight the talented Karen Goldfeder and her improvisation work with the WP Voice program throughout the spring semester.
Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to Penderecki to Machaud to Joni Mitchell with ensembles ranging from Musica Sacra to The Screaming Headless Torsos to her own band Magpie. Jazz, folk, oratorio, new music, free improvisation, early music, South Indian music, opera, musical theatre, and R&B have all shaped her musical perspective. She works with Bobby McFerrin and his management team to bring Bobby's approach to ensemble singing all over the world, and she serves as the program and curriculum coordinator for the Circlesongs workshop.
Goldfeder has performed, toured, and recorded with New York Virtuoso Singers, Voices of Ascension, New York Treble Singers, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Gregg Smith Singers (among many others). Her contemporary opera credits include John Adam’s Death of Kinghoffer at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiell at Merkin Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Solo appearances include the Monteverdi Vespers of 16010, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Stravinsky Mass, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Her jazz resume includes appearances with Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Muhal Richard Abrams, and more, as well as performing with her own band at festivals including Vancouver Jazz, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Come laugh with us as WP students perform comedy sketches written and developed in the format of Saturday Night Live! For information, please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as WP students take their final exam by performing their sets live at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC!
Please call 212.367.9000 for reservations and ask for William Paterson comedy performance.
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