WP jazz alumnus, drummer Jaimeo Brown has had a career that crisscrosses jazz, rap and R&B, having performed with such musicians as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Greg Osby, among others. His groundbreaking band Transcendance celebrates music of the African Diaspora, through melody, improvisation, rhythm and spoken word. Joined by saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and fellow WP alumnus, guitarist Chris Sholar and guests, this concert promises to be a riveting and deeply memorable experience.
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.
How do we as citizens participate in the making of the sciences? Join the ecological design team of SPURSE for a fascinating discussion of a critical topic.
Pocatello by Samuel D. HunterDirected by Samantha Tella
A poignant tale of identity and connection in middle America, this highly praised play tells the story of an unhappy restaurant manager who watches his beloved hometown being taken over by strip malls and franchises, to the point that it no longer feels like home.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens $10
Samantha TellaSamuel D. Hunter
Featuring the “best of the best” of the WP music department: concert band, large and small ensembles, pop, jazz, percussion, and more! All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.
Admission: $25 General Admission • $20 WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 Students
WP jazz studies director Bill Charlap is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. His 2015 Jerome Kern CD with Tony Bennett won a Grammy Award. This year, he was featured on the acclaimed all-Gershwin CD with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall. This intimate solo performance showcases Charlap’s great inventiveness and pianistic command.
WP New Music and percussion ensembles will perform original works by WP students, alumni and faculty, including Peter Jarvis, John Link, Payton MacDonald, Kevin Norton, Anton Vishio and others.
This concert will feature works by Shostakovich, Chaminade, Marquez and Brahms.
For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends, The Outlaws, have remained one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, they earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act. Today, The Outlaws return with new music and a new focus: a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road.
Admission: Orchestra $55 • Loge $45
The Outlaws Southern Steel
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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