WP Presents Series

About WP Presents!

WP Presents! strives to bring to campus high caliber touring artists across a range of disciplines including acoustic and world music, contemporary folk music, theatre, dance, family programming and other eclectic fare. The series is built on a foundation of excellence and continuously seeks innovative programming to serve the campus, and the community.

A multitude of artists including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone, Dar Williams, David Bromberg, Roy Haynes, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Ventura, The 5th Dimension, Judy Collins, Southside Johnny, John Sebastian, Jim Messina and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage. We have presented works from national theatre tours of The Second City, Moscow Ballet, Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, Vital Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and sensory friendly productions presented by Theatreworks USA, as part of our Theater for Children with Autism series. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

The WP Presents! events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

BillCharlapfor88KeysIn an effort to provide the tools necessary for student success in the music program and for the University to continue to provide outstanding public performances, The WP 88 Keys Campaign is being launched to generate support for the purchase of a new Steinway piano for the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. You are invited to join in this campaign with a purchase of a piano key. If you are interested, please contact Maureen O’Connor at oconnorm24@wpunj.edu or 973.720.3990. General support of the campaign is welcome by visiting wpunj.edu/giving, click on the giving form, and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.

Watch Highlights from the 2018-19
Performance Season

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir

    Feb 27, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

    Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, and Pharrell Williams, among others, and have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, and Trace Adkins. Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is filled with enthusiasm and lots of singing and dancing. Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away! Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and dance on to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance!
    There will be a short opening performance by the William Paterson Pop Vocal Ensemble, featuring WP music students.

    The Harlem Gospel Choir

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    Ron McCurdy’s Langston Hughes Project
    A Virtual Multimedia Concert of An Epic Poem

    Mar 03, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” (Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s). It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

    The Langston Hughes Project is a joyous Multimedia celebration of this masterwork – in music, spoken word and visuals – performed by the impressively versatile Dr. Ron McCurdy (as narrator and on trumpet) and his talented group of musicians (on piano, bass and drums) “who make heads bob, fingers snap and feet tap throughout.”  This amazing production was named "Live Experience of the Year" at the 2016 JazzFM Awards in London, England.

    The Langston Hughes Project

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Great Dubois: Masters of Variety at Home

    Mar 10, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The World’s Most Unique 2-Person Circus Show!

    The show is a fast-paced, high energy circus show for all ages showcasing incredible feats of juggling, hula hoops, unicycle, aerial, circus stunts, contortion, and magic all wrapped up in a blanket of comedy. Recently featured in Hugh Jackman’s hit movie, “The Greatest Showman”, The Great DuBois have amassed an impressive list of credits, including appearances in the Tony Award winning “Pippin” on Broadway, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with David Letterman”, Britney Spears World Circus Tour, and the movie “Burlesque” to highlight just a few. The award-winning combination of Michael DuBois and Viktoria Grimmy have five generations of circus performing between them and have wowed crowds all over the world.

    The Great Dubois

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Go Now! The Music of Moody Blues
    Full Concert from London

    Mar 13, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The music of The Moody Blues has lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).”  The band’s unique style of music is embedded in music history and still relevant today. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, and an astonishing 14 platinum and gold records, The Moody Blues fermented their place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Gordon Marshall, the drummer with The Moody Blues for over 25 years, saw a hunger in the market for Moody Blues music. To fill the void, he put together an amazing group of musicians and formed this fabulous legacy tribute band for all to enjoy.

    Go Now!

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    Naturally 7: The Human Instruments
    The Sound of a Full Band – Created by the Human Voice

    Mar 24, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The jaw-dropping “A capella group” Naturally 7 puts on a fabulous display of audio pyrotechnics that even compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare them “The best a cappella group in the world!” This tightly orchestrated collection of great singers transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. Celebrating their 20th anniversary in the music industry, Naturally 7 give music lovers all they could hope for, and then some.

    Their vibrant 20-year career includes three world tours with the incomparable Michael Bublé, shared billing with global phenomenon Coldplay, and has shared the stage with numerous icons, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Ludacris, The Roots, and more. Members of Naturally 7 include “Ricky“ Lee Ricardo Cort, Rod Eldridge, Kelvin “Kelz“ Mitchell, Sean Simmonds, Dwight Stewart, Roger Thomas, and Warren Thomas.

    Naturally 7

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra’s Stage and Screen Spectacular

    Apr 14, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Join Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) for a musical time machine back to the fun and excitement of the early 20th century. Tap your feet to the syncopated stylings of the early 1900s - from tongue in cheek vocal numbers to the classics of Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, and even pop favorites by The Beatles and Queen. Watch classic silent films underscored by a twelve-person orchestra with live music and sound effects! It's a program sure to make both young and old smile from ear to ear. Grab your bowler hat and suspenders, park your Model T down the street, and enjoy a trip back in time with PRSO! See why the Washington Post wrote: Peacherine is the premiere American Ragtime Ensemble” and the Baltimore Sun said: “We need more!” 

    Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

     


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Tom Paxton and the DonJuans

    Apr 17, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Tom Paxton, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, teams up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The DonJuans, Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Collectively their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John Denver, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, and Bob Dylan...just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something special. Now they bring their intimate, acoustic concert to audiences via livestream with high-quality audio and video. Join us some music, storytelling and laughter, all from your own front-row seat. After the show, stick around for a short Q&A. 

    Tom Paxton
    The DonJuans

    Admission:  $15 Individual •  $25 Additional Viewers
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Silhouettes present Golden Moments

    Apr 28, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The Silhouettes -- first runner-up on America’s Got Talent season 6 and 2020 Golden Buzzer winners on America’s Got Talent: The Champions – is America’s premiere shadow-dance company created and directed by Lynne Waggoner-Patton. They have been featured in TV commercials, Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run, Netflix’s MC2, and have performed around the world receiving standing ovations and outstanding press reviews. Their virtual program, Golden Moments, is a one hour show that tells the story of their twice around journey on America’s Got Talent.

    The Silhouettes

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Mariachi Divas - A Virtual Cinco de Mayo Concert Celebration

    May 05, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Two-time GRAMMY Award Winners, six-time GRAMMY Award nominees and multiple winners of Fox Music USA Latin Awards, Mariachi Divas are a unique, all-female multi-cultural ensemble with its foundation and roots in mariachi, but also draws on its member’s diverse influences like jazz and pop to create music that is traditional and then some. 

    Mariachi Divas is one of the most significant and successful mariachi ensembles in the business. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas have been the official premier mariachi band of the Disneyland Resort. Mariachi Divas was recently featured in Disney Pixar’s Coco: A Live-to-Film Concert Experience at the Hollywood Bowl. They specialize in providing professional mariachi music for commercials, television, and film recordings. Over the years, they have performed, recorded, and collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Fernández, Ozomatli, Natalia Jiménez of La 5ª Estación and Sergio Vallín of Maná, to name a few. Additionally, Mariachi Divas has appeared in three music videos with major recording artists: OhNo’s Suavemente,” U2’s “Song for Someone,” and Disney Pixar Coco’s “Remember Me” with Christina Aguilera and Miguel. Their discography includes sixteen professional full-length album releases through East Side Records. Most recently, in celebration of their 21st anniversary, the Divas released Esta Distancia, which can be described as an emotional musical exploration of the shared experiences resulting from the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. 

    Mariachi Divas

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.