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  • WP Music Department Spring Show: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas & A British Musical Theatre Review
    Apr 20, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theater

    Christopher Herbert, producer & stage director

    Hannah Comia, music director

    James Miles, dramatic consultant

    Emily Wynne, assistant stage director

    President Richard Helldobler, guest choreographer

    Experience the enchanting fusion of Purcell's 1689 opera Dido and Aeneas and a captivating British Musical Theatre Review at the WP Music Department Spring Show. Helmed by producer/director Christopher Herbert and music director Hannah Comia, watch this mesmerizing performance, with guest choreography by WP President Richard Helldobler, unfolds in the intimate setting of Hunziker Black Box Theatre.

    General Admission: $20.00 Public, $10.00 Senior Citizens, and WP students and employees

    Additional Performances:
    April 18, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    April 19, 2024 @ 7:30 PMApril 21, 2024 @ 3:00 PM


     

  • WP Music Department Spring Show: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas & A British Musical Theatre Review
    Apr 21, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theater

    Christopher Herbert, producer & stage director

    Hannah Comia, music director

    James Miles, dramatic consultant

    Emily Wynne, assistant stage director

    President Richard Helldobler, guest choreographer

    Experience the enchanting fusion of Purcell's 1689 opera Dido and Aeneas and a captivating British Musical Theatre Review at the WP Music Department Spring Show. Helmed by producer/director Christopher Herbert and music director Hannah Comia, watch this mesmerizing performance, with guest choreography by WP President Richard Helldobler, unfolds in the intimate setting of Hunziker Black Box Theatre.

    General Admission: $20.00 Public, $10.00 Senior Citizens, and WP students and employees

    Additional Performances:
    April 18, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    April 19, 2024 @ 7:30 PMApril 20, 2024 @ 3:00 PM


     

  • WP Percussion Ensemble
    Apr 22, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Auditorium

    New and classic works for percussion


     

  • Coreyah
    Apr 23, 2024 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Auditorium

    Coreyah is a psychedelic Korean folk music group whose six members integrate traditional Korean instruments, vocals, guitar, and percussion. Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has pioneered a new style of Korean music that blends genres of contemporary ethnic and popular sounds while still maintaining the distinctive characteristics of traditional Korean instruments. The group’s unique freewheeling, polystylistic vision combines a variety of influences, including Anglo-American rock, Balkan gypsy, and genres from South America and Africa. 

    Coreyah has captivated audiences worldwide, touring over 50 cities in 34 countries, while continuing to enchant listeners both domestically and internationally. Their latest milestone, the 4th album titled 'Clap & Applause,' commemorates their 10th anniversary with a dance-inducing, innovative approach to Korean world music.

    This album harmoniously weaves Korean traditional rhythms with toe-tapping and hand-clapping dance beats, showcasing the soulful melodies of the daegeum flute, the electrifying tones of the geomungo zither, and the dynamic pulse of the janggu hourglass drum. It represents their ongoing dedication to infuse pop elements into traditional music, characterized by a bold, youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a captivatingly psychedelic sound.

    The name Coreyah is a Sino-Korean homonym that embodies the concept of inheriting the past. In Korean, it also signifies 'whale,' serving as the group’s totem animal and a symbol of good luck.

    Band Members: Kim Dongkun (daegeum, sogeum, tungso), Ham Boyoung (vocal), Jeong Jun Kyu (percussion, Chulhyungeum), Kyungyi (percussion), Kim Yerim (geomungo), and Choi Jong Min (guitar). 

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    This event is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) grant program.

    FREE ADMISSION AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


     

  • The WP Chamber Wind Ensemble & WP Community Symphony Orchestra Perform at Carnegie Hall as part of DCINY‚Äôs Windsongs
    Apr 28, 2024 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    The program features “Danse Bachanale” from Samson et Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens and

    Feurfest by Josef Strauss for orchestra, and Four Dances from WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein, arr. by Ian Polster and Fanfarria (2018) for Wind Ensemble by Giovanni Santos 

    Tickets range from $23 to $109.  

    Info & tickets available here: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2024/04/28/DCINYs-Windsongs-0200PM  

     Friends and Family Bus To Carnegie Hall 

    Friends and family are not only invited to attend the concert, but also to enjoy a day out in New York City, using university-provided transportation which will depart WP’s campus the morning of the concert, and return in the evening, following the concert. Details regarding the time of departure and return will be confirmed by April 15th communicated via email. Departure will be no earlier than 8:00 AM and return no later than 6:30 PM. There is no fee to use the bus, but registration is required, along with proof of purchase of tickets for the 2:00 concert. 

    Link to RSVP Friends and Family Bus is here: https://wpunj.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6XrWSd8M1gBIub4  


     

  • Wingspan: Reunion Concert
    Apr 28, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center Auditorium

    This important event brings together again the members of the landmark, critically acclaimed Wingspan sextet that was led by the late great pianist Mulgrew Miller.  This band was perhaps Miller’s great “voice,” in terms of the showcase of his compositions, and his long collaboration with the world-renowned players appearing on this concert.  Wingspan was called “dependably hard-charging” by The New Yorker, and that energy is apparent in all their performances.  The ensemble has previously come together at Jazz at Lincoln Center with great critical acclaim, and this concert also promises to be thrilling.  Reuniting will be vibraphonist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Carl Allen.  Pianist Danny Grissett will perform as the group’s pianist. 

    Admission: Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • WP students admitted free with ID (1 ticket per student) at Box Office on day of show. Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.


     

  • WP Choirs Concert
    May 03, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location:

    WP Concert Choir and WP Chamber Choir


     

  • Martin Wind All-Star Quartet, with Scott Robinson, Jim McNeely, and Matt Wilson
    May 05, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center Auditorium

    This all-star foursome brings worlds of experience to our stage.  Multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is a true virtuoso on everything from all saxophones, to trumpet and cornet, to such unusual creatures as the Theremin.  Pianist Jim McNeely spent many years with Stan Getz, and as a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; he is one of the most influential arrangers today, and conducts worldwide.  Bassist Martin Wind is a busy jazz musician, has appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and was one of the three finalists in the Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. Drummer Matt Wilson is an inventive and often humorous composer and bandleader, a virtuosic drummer, and appears in a wide variety of musical surroundings.  Together, these four create a blend of their commanding playing and their wonderful compositions that will close the Jazz Room Series out with a memorable musical event. 

    Admission: Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • WP students admitted free with ID (1 ticket per student) at Box Office on day of show. Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.


     

  • WP New Music Ensemble
    May 06, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP New Music Series

    WP New Music Ensemble

    The WP New Music Ensemble and faculty present compositions of faculty, students and alumni, celebrating the long-standing new music tradition at William Paterson University.


     

  • Piano Night: Romanticism and the 20th Century
    May 08, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Pianists present compositions of the Romantic and early 20th Century, featuring compositions of Margaret Bonds, Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, as well as repertory favorites of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and more.


     

  • Yellow Brick Road. A Tribute to Elton John
    May 11, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    Admission: Gold Circle $45, Orc/Front loge $40, Rear Loge $35. Senior citizens, WP student/employee and group discounts are available by calling or visiting the box office.


     

  • Daniela Darcourt - Atrevida Y Teatral
    May 18, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Emerging Superstar and Latin Grammy Award nominee Daniela Darcourt comes to Wayne, NJ for her Shea Center Debut.

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $99 . Rear Orchestra $89 . Front Loge $89. Rear Loge $79

    Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. There is an additional $5 charge PER TICKET if purchased at the box office on the evening of the show.

    This performance is being sold to full capacity. Please take your personal comfort level into consideration prior to purchasing tickets.


     

  • An Evening with David Sedaris Bestselling Author and Humorist
    Oct 01, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of the New York Times best- sellers Barrel FeverHolidays on IceNakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Calypso. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” The two volumes of his diaries, Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) and A Carnival of Snackery, Diaries (2003-2020) were New York Times bestsellers. His most recent book, Happy-Go-Lucky, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The audio version of Happy-Go-Lucky, written and narrated by Sedaris, won the 2023 Audie Award. Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Currently, David Sedaris is a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and his Masterclass, David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor, is now available.

    Tickets are going on sale soon.
    Admission: Gold Circle $70; Orchestra/Front Loge $65; Rear Loge $50

     


     

  • James D'Amico's Sun Concerts and WP Presents! So Good!
    The Neil Diamond Experience Starring Robert Neary

    Oct 18, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This is a show unlike any tribute you have ever seen or heard before. As a Broadway, television, and motion picture actor for over 35 years, Robert Neary creates a one of a kind, cut above the rest, production. He talks about the songs and tells stories behind them, from Neil's interviews, quotes, and autobiographical books. You will swear you are watching the master himself, as he and the band perform 20 of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits. Songs like “Cherry Cherry”, “I Am, I Said”, “I’m a Believer”, “Solitary Man”, “Holly Holy”, “Coming to America”, “Sweet Caroline” and so many more. So Good! The Neil Diamond Experience is guaranteed to leave you speechless!

    Born and raised in East Meadow, Long Island, NY, Robert Neary gained immediate success as an actor, when he was 20 years old, with a guest star role in the Television series "Fame", and then opposite Jason Bateman in the film, "Teen Wolf Too". He has since gone on to guest star in over 50 television shows, including "Criminal Minds", "Sons of Anarchy", "The Closer", "Grey's Anatomy", " Blue Bloods", "Justified", "The Fosters", "FBI: Most Wanted", "Weeds", "Medium" "NCIS" and "NCIS New Orleans". He landed his first Broadway show in 1996, starring in “Smokey Joe’s Café”, and then toured as the evil Zoser in Elton John’s Broadway hit “Aida”. He understudied the lead role of Sonny in the Broadway smash, “A Bronx Tale, The Musical”. It has been a deep passion for Robert to one day perform and put together a tribute show to Neil Diamond. And here it is!

    Orchestra $47 | Loge $42


     

  • The Doo Wop Project Old School, New Generation Classic Doo Wop to Modern Hits
    Nov 08, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith.

    Discounts are available for WP employees, students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more by calling or visiting the Shea Center Box Office.