Music

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Trombonist Tim Newman & Pianist David DeMotta Duo

    Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This duo features WP music faculty member and bass trombonist Tim Newman, who is a veteran of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and tours with They Might Be Giants, paired with WP jazz alumnus and newly arrived WP adjunct faculty David DeMotta. The relationship of these two top-level jazz performers and scholars began as student-teacher mentorship and evolved into performing colleagues, showcased on this invigorating concert.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Oct 07, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: High Mountain Reserve Park, 100 University Drive, Wayne, NJ

    The WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles combine for an epic performance of Robert Morris’s Oracles.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Indian Music Concert

    Oct 11, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP music faculty member Payton MacDonald, along with Ina Filip and Shawn Mativetsky, bring their extensive knowledge and remarkable playing of Dhrupad, a 700-year-old tradition of Indian classical music that is noted for its majestic and meditative quality.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Let’s Hang On!
    America’s #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

    Oct 13, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Let’s Hang On! is the premiere experience to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons music and pays respect to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This full-blown stage production includes all the great Four Seasons’ mega hits like: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, December ’63, Who Loves You, and more. Take a trip down memory lane with some of the best music from the 1960s.

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge

    Let’s Hang On!


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Barry Harris Trio with Larry McKenna

    Oct 14, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Jazz Room’s 41st season kicks off with the triumphant return of the legendary NEA Jazz Master after his unfortunate Jazz Room concert postponement from a year ago, leading his trio joined by the historic Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Harris is a true bebop pioneer and a rare connection to that formative jazz era that is the foundation of so much of today’s music. He is a product of historic collaborations with such giants as Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Thad Jones, and countless others. His energy and musical strengths are undiminished by his age and will be showcased in this performance. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day
    NOTE: An original ticket stub from Harris’s postponed November 2017 concert will earn free admission to this event!

    Barry Harris
    Larry McKenna at All About Jazz


     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Cellist Joseph Kimura and Pianist Carl Patrick Bolleia

    Oct 18, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP music faculty members Joseph Kimura and Carl Patrick Bolleia will perform a program highlighting Russian Romanticism and Neo-Classicisim, featuring Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Stravinksy's Suite Italienne, juxtaposed with solo piano music of American Composers celebrating their 80th birthday. 

    Admission: Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    René Marie - Experiment in Truth

    Oct 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Vocalist René Marie has forged a reputation as not only one of the top singers in current jazz, but also as a versatile arranger, composer, and theater performer. Guided and tempered in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    René Marie

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    The engagement of René Marie is partially funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Oct 22, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The ensembles, along with alumni and other area professionals, will present a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Midday Concert Series presents
    Riverside Guitar Duo

    Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP music alumnus Matthew Pidi and Matthew Kaplan perform music for classical guitar from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Gene Bertoncini & Mike Mainieri Quartet

    Oct 28, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Guitarist Gene Bertoncini was an early protégé of Buddy Rich, was a member of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and has longtime associations with Tony Bennett and Benny Goodman, to name a few. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is an accomplished composer. He also produced three Carly Simon albums and recorded with Dire Straits, Laura Nyro, David Sanborn, and Michael Franks. This all-star duo will co-lead a quartet as part of a Bertoncini-led CD recording project. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Gene Bertoncini
    Mike Mainieri at NYC Records


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Golden Oldies Spectacular

    Nov 03, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Experience “that old time Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the Brooklyn Bridge, Charlie Thomas’s Drifters, and Jersey’s own The Duprees and Uncle Floyd. A show that is sure to please fans of doo wop and music of the 50s and 60s.

    Admission: Orchestra $59 • Loge $49

    The Brooklyn Bridge
    The Duprees
    Charlie Thomas’s Drifters


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Renee Rosnes Quartet

    Nov 04, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York from Vancouver, Canada, she quickly established her reputation as a creative, original and versatile collaborator, touring and recording with such masters as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson and Ron Carter, among others. With 17 recordings as a leader, Rosnes has grown more ambitious musically, as her most recent album, Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions) attests. Her quartet features vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White. Rosnes is also the wife of WPU's Director of Jazz Studies, Bill Charlap.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Renee Rosnes


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Nov 05, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The ensembles, along with alumni and other area professionals, will present a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

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  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Jimmy Heath
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra dir. by David Demsey

    Nov 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A true national treasure, Jimmy Heath joins the powerful WP Jazz Orchestra in a program of his arrangements of his own original compositions such as “Gingerbread Boy,” “For Minors Only,” “CTA,” and “A Sound for Sore Ears.” The ageless virtuoso tenor and soprano saxophonist has played with a who’s-who of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and many others. Heath returns to the Shea stage as part of his valued relationship with William Paterson’s jazz studies program.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Jimmy Heath


     

  • WP Voice presents
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 16, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents students in captivating and delightful scenes from diverse opera and musical theatre works.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Voice presents
    Opera Scenes

    Nov 17, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Opera presents students in captivating and delightful scenes from diverse opera and musical theatre works.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Performance: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

    Nov 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Performance: Sacred Music Sacred Dance
    Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform the multiphonic chanting of ancient temple music and dance for world healing. 

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency- Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    Admission: $15 public • $13 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    Premiere screening of Ringing Changes: 50 Years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble

    Nov 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall Room 140A

    The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has been on the forefront of the percussive arts since 1968. A new documentary film by Payton MacDonald chronicles the development of the ensemble, with extensive interview footage from members of the group, as well as founder Ray DesRoches, composers Charles Wuorinen, Robert Pollock, David Saperstein, and many others. The film also includes historical footage and new performances.

    Admission:  Free!

    Screenings on November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    Premiere screening of Ringing Changes: 50 Years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble

    Nov 19, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall Room 140A

    The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has been on the forefront of the percussive arts since 1968. A new documentary film by Payton MacDonald chronicles the development of the ensemble, with extensive interview footage from members of the group, as well as founder Ray DesRoches, composers Charles Wuorinen, Robert Pollock, David Saperstein, and many others. The film also includes historical footage and new performances.

    Admission:  Free!

    Screenings on November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet

    Dec 02, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Cynthia Sayer has taken on the rare status as a jazz banjo performer. As a virtuoso and spokesperson for the instrument, Sayer appeared on the PBS documentary “Give Me the Banjo.” She is one of the founding members of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band and has performed as part of four of his movies. Her fabulous playing cemented her place in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame as a contemporary performer.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Cynthia Sayer


     

  • WP New Music Series presents
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Dec 03, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The ensembles will perform a program of 20thCentury classics and world premieres.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Voice presents
    Winter Choral Concert

    Dec 04, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wayne, NJ

    The concert will feature the J.S. Bach cantata, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131,in addition to seasonal choral favorites.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Zeppelin Complete

    Dec 08, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This six-piece ensemble creates an epic wall of sound Led Zeppelin fans have never before experienced. Here are all your Zeppelin favorites, note perfect--right off the album...exactly the way Jimmy Page meant them to be heard!

    Tickets: $43 Orchestra • $38 Loge

    Zeppelin Complete


     

  • A Darlene Love Christmas – Love for the Holidays
    Dec 19, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrate the season with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love in a special holiday concert featuring the #1 holiday classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and hits like He’s a Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Forbidden Nights, and more. 
    “The Queen of Christmas” –David Letterman
    “One of the greatest singers of all time” -Rolling Stone

    Admission: $52 Gold Circle • $45 Rear Orchestra/Loge

    Darlene Love