Tapeby Stephen Belberdirected by Jerry Beal
Two friends from high school hook up for a weekend ten years later. Unbeknownst to one, the other has invited a female whom they both dated, with different and not fully known relationship results. Beneath its suspenseful high-stakes surface, “Tape” examines questions of motive, memory, truth and per caption.
“Fascinating and entertaining…..a terrific play….real talk, real characters, real situations- a real play.” – New York Post
Admission: $15 General Public • $10 WP students, employees, and alumni
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 and to the Living Jazz Archives.
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.
Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro have been friends for a long time. Recently, they recognized that collaborating might lead to an elevated force in their creative lives and while still in its nascent stage, their combined efforts are proving to be undeniably powerful, infectiously joyful and deeply connected to Spirit. The collaboration is SeekHer7: collaborative, conscious, collective gatherings with meditation, music, movement, learning, co-creating, deep listening, respectful, safe discovery and above all, boundless joy.
Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City. Having released eight independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family's Chasing Life. Among other notable work, Natalia has been a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State since 2017, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her trio, The Northern Lights, throughout Africa. In March, 2020, Natalia co-produced an online music festival called Shut In & Sing which ran for 8 weeks and provided immediate financial relief to hundreds of independent musicians at the beginning of the lockdown. Since then, she has been performing livestream shows, teaching songwriting, coaching, running an integrative wellness platform, painting, gardening, has become a certified yoga teacher and is the artistic director for the conscious global community, SoulCall Global.
Lisa Ferraro started singing professionally at age eight. She has recorded and performed nationally and internationally with big band jazz ensembles, rock and soul bands, and in a duo with vocalist and guitarist, Erika Luckett. She has released 10 albums that have rode the spectrum of music from modern rock and ballads to jazz standards. One of her recordings, “Jazz Up the Holidays,” was nominated for an International Independent Music Award in 2006. Her latest expression, Serenading The Moon, culminates in a collaboration with some of the finest players on the jazz scene today: legendary saxophonist Houston Person, Lewis Nash on drums, Ray Drummond on bass, James Chirillo on guitar and John DiMartino on piano. As a composer, Lisa Ferraro has written music for ABC TV’s Wife Swap; Polygram Films; and the play The Other Side of the River which aired on PBS. A talented songwriter, Lisa was commissioned by Major League Baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates to write and perform the song, “More Than A Man,” commemorating the late great, Roberto Clemente. Lisa has a distinct vocal style which is soulful, powerful and warm, with a vocal range that exteNatalia Zukermannds over four and a half octaves. In performance, she tries to connect with the audience individually and personally.
SeekHer7Natalia ZuckermanLisa Ferraro
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
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 ExperienceTristan McIntosh
Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20
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
Key Work: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto
The Hobart Trio, a chamber ensemble in residence at William Paterson University, was founded in 2015 and regularly appears on academic and community concert series. It is comprised of highly accomplished musicians who are on the faculty of WPU: Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin, Joseph Kimura, cello, and Soyeon Park, piano. Individually, they have performed as soloists and with orchestras on National Public Radio, throughout Europe and the United States, including Alaska's Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, and on Broadway. The piano trio's repertoire encompasses the classics and works by contemporary composers, including premiere performances of works by Thomas Parente, composer from Westminster Choir College. The Hobart Trio takes its name from the 24th U.S. vice president, Garret A. Hobart, whose former home is a centerpiece on the University's campus.
Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin, holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard and attended the Curtis Institute of Music. Dr. Butler-Hopkins received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Harvard University. Under the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Program, she completed a year of study at the Vienna State Academy in Austria. At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she served as concertmaster and soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and as a founding member of the Alaska Trio. Dr. Butler-Hopkins teaches at William Paterson University, is currently a regular faculty member at the Lake Placed Institute Chamber Music Seminar, and was the founder of String Fling, a chamber music program for Alaskan pre-college students.
Joseph Kimura, cello, is a New York based cellist who has been performing and teaching in the tri-state area throughout his career. He began his studies with Paul Katz and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. He has appeared as a soloist and principal cellist with the Stamford, Hoboken Chamber, Korean, and Gloria Chamber Orchestras and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico. Mr. Kimura currently performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Masters String Quartet (in residence at Five Town College), and the Hobart Trio. He also appeared in the Will Rogers Follies and Beauty and the Beast throughout their runs on Broadway. Mr. Kimura serves on the faculties of Five Towns College and William Paterson University and also teaches at Summer String-In at Monmouth College and the Junior Division of Greenwood Music Camp.
Soyeon Park, piano, earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music where she was the recipient of the Svend Svendsen and Margarethe Svendsen Scholarship and the President’s Award. Dr. Park teaches at New Jersey City University and William Paterson University and serves as artistic director of Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and cultural institution, which has sponsored her appearances on stage at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Other professional engagements of the past season include a recital and master class with Leon Fleisher in Prague, a recital and master class in Bejing, China, and an artist residency at the Banff Centre, Canada. In the same season, she won top prizes at the Simon Belsky Piano Competition and the Mieczyslaw Munz Competition.
WP Opera presents scenes from various works of opera and musical theatre.
Stage Director: Christopher Herbert Musical Director: Charity WicksAdmission: Free
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.
WP Voice Students perform art songs and arias.
June Marano-Murray and Charity Wicks, piano
Choir!Choir!Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman (AKA “Dabu”) and Daveed Goldman. What started as a weekly drop-in signing event at a bar in Toronto has turned into a global touring act. The duo has performed in holes, on hills, and on big stages at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Massey Hall, The Juno Awards, Joe’s Pub, at TEDx Toronto, and many more. They’ve been by guest singers such as David Byrne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Astley, Tegan and Sara, Bruce Cockburn, Kathleen Edwards, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, and Chris Murphy (Sloan). The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. You get a lyric sheet at the door, they’ll teach you an original vocal arrangement to a song you love, and a video is recorded of the performance. The intent is in equal parts: singing, comedy, and community-building. In the end, everyone has a blast and goes home feeling great!
We invite the entire William Paterson community to join us for a fun afternoon during common hour!
This engagement of Choir!Choir!Choir! is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of MidAtlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Admission: Free!Click Here to RegisterNo ticket or registration required, but we encourage everyone to the RSVP to the event by filling out the registration form.
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 MotownSensational Soul Cruisers
Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30
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
This program features contemporary Percussion Music by composers Sekhon, Colgrass, Nelson, Glass, Moore III, and Daughtrey.
Carl Palmer, who was voted by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer and Asia. Since he began in the business in the 1960s, Carl Palmer has sold over 50 million records! Now, he is hitting the road with a tribute show in honor of his ELP bandmates, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Palmer’s new band totally reinvents the music of ELP and captures all the power of their megahits, including “Picture’s At An Exhibition,” “Lucky Man,” “From the Beginning,” and “Tarkus” in a hard driving, instrumental performance that’s winning rave reviews globally.
Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. As a consummate professional, a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman, he has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Asia, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Along the way, his dexterity, speed and mastery of the drums, combines with his infectious stage personality, have secured him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers.
Admission: $50 Gold Circle • $40 Orchestra/Front Loge • $35 Rear Loge & Obstructed
William Paterson Choirs present a program of holiday-themed music.
Lauren Fowler-Calisto, director Lois Buesser & Alla Milstein, keyboards
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
Frontiers is the world’s number one tribute to Journey. These five talented, skilled, renowned NYC area musicians recreate the music of Journey to perfection, note for note – every nuance, every iconic riff, all the feels. Frontiers covers all the greatest hits of Journey, taking you back to the late 70’s during Journey’s magical inception with Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon to their iconic rise in the 80’s with Steve Pery and Jonathan Cain. Frontiers performs all of Journey’s chart-topping hits such as Open Arms, Separate Ways, Send Her My Love, Faithfully, Stone in Love, Don’t Stop Believing, Who’s Crying Now, Anyway You Want It, and many more. When both Steve Perry and Neal Schon proclaimed to the world via Twitter that Frontiers is their favorite Journey tribute band, you know you’re in for an authentic, unmatched, amazing experience. Bring your Valentine to hear all your favorite Journey love songs!
“Hands down, Frontiers is my favorite tribute to Journey! Go check them out..@FrontiersJrny” – Steve Perry via Twitter“My favorite Journey tribute band FRONTIERS! @FrontiersJrny” – Neal Schon via Twitter
Frontiers of Love
Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25
There is no other performer who looks and sounds so much like Elton John, nor any tribute act that provides the experience of being at an Elton John concert the way Gerald Brann and Yellow Brick Road do. Brann not only bears an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar – complete with gap-toothed smile and many of his mannerisms – but he recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing to a tee. Brann captures the essence of the piano man donning replica costumes and Elton’s trademark sunglasses. A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan, and his admiration and love for the music comes shining through as he performs one hit after another with remarkable likeness to the pop icon. The band evokes audience participation throughout the show – whether singing along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.” This is more than a tribute; this is a recreation of one of the most loved formers of any generation, Elton John.
Yellow Brick Road
Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35
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