All Events

  • Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert
    Nov 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP New Music Series
    Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert

    This concert will feature the music of longtime WP music faculty Dr. Jeffrey Kresky, performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and guests, in celebration of Kresky’s 44 years of service to William Paterson University.

    Admission:  Free!

    Jeffrey Kresky


     

  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Nov 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    25th Anniversary Season

    See the one and only Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker when it returns to the Shea Center for the 25th anniversary season tour. All ages are invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays with Moscow Ballet’s exquisite Russian dancers, gorgeous costumes, and spectacular scenic design created by Carl Sprague (concept designer of the Oscar-winning film La La Land).  The Great Russian Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition not to be missed.

    Admission: $65.00 Gold Circle •  $55.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $45.00 Rear Loge
    Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

    The Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • Glen Burtnik’s The Summer of Love Concert
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 & Christmas

    The Summer of Love Concert makes its return to the Shea Center, recreating the songs and psychedelically-flavored spirit of the Woodstock generation. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 with all your favorite music by The Doors, The Beatles, Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and more! The concert will give a nod to the holiday season with music from Phil Spector’s iconic Christmas album.

    Admission: Orchestra $38.00 •  Loge $33.00

    Summer Of Love Concert


     

  • Horacee Arnold Trio
    with bassist Buster Williams

    Dec 03, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Drummer Horacee Arnold is one of the senior-most members of the WP jazz faculty. He was brought to New York by legendary Max Roach, landing a spot in the Bud Powell Trio and composing for the Alvin Alley Dance Company. Arnold went on to become an original member of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and an influential teacher. He is joined by bassist Buster Williams, a veteran of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Quartet.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Horacee Arnold
    Buster Williams on Facebook


     

  • Theater for Children with Autism
    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones

    Dec 04, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones
    By Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich

    Adapted from the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park, everyone’s favorite first-grader is back in the “bestest musical ever” with more singing, dancing and mischief!

    Admission: $8.00 General Admission

    Please note:  This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism.  Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theatreworks USA


     

  • Winter Choral Concert
    Dec 05, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Churge in Wayne, NJ

    Winter Choral Concert featuring WPU Choirs and Warren Helms, Organ


     

  • A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver

    Dec 06, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location:

    A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
    Performed by Aurea Tomeski
    Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
    A Program Of Young Audiences, New York

    This Newbery-Award winning, best-selling book for young readers has become the gold standard for the genre. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of Jonas, a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, audiences question every value that they have taken for granted and reexamine their most deeply held beliefs. This sixty minute solo-performance focuses on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.  

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission

    Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Literature to Life


     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    WP Wind Ensemble
    Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis

    The WP Ensemble will perform the works of Larry Daehn, Vaclav Nelhybel, Percy Grainger, and Alfred Reed.

    Admission:  Free!

    Dr. J. Craig Davis


     

  • The Doo Wop Project
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical may have closed on Broadway, but you can still the catch the former stars of those shows onstage at the Shea Center. The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. From Bop to Pop, you will journey through the evolution of music from groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

    Admission: Orchestra $33.00 • Loge $27.00

    The Doo Wop Project


     

  • Jazz Room Holiday Celebration
    with WP Jazz Orchestra and Guests

    Dec 09, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A William Paterson tradition returns as WP students and faculty celebrate the holiday season in jazz. The WP Jazz Orchestra will perform several movements from the legendary Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, and will accompany some of the jazz studies program’s most stellar vocal and instrumental soloists in holiday arrangements from the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry and the New York Voices’ Darmon Meader.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.


     

  • Child’s Play Touring Theatre presents
    The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

    Dec 10, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Christmas season is magical. For those behind the sparkle of Christmas, the planning is not so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of Christmas preparations at the North Pole. These stories are written by children and brought to life on stage by Child’s Play Touring Theatre professional artists.

    Admission:  Adults $17.00 • Children $13.00

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:00 p.m.
    Appropriate for all ages!

    Child's Play Touring Theatre


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Get The Led Out
    The American Led Zeppelin

    Dec 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of Led Zeppelin music. The band focuses on the early years and deeper cuts of “The Mighty Zep” with a passion and fury that makes a truly awe-inspiring performance. No wigs or fake English accents, the band simply delivers an honest, heart-thumping Zeppelin concert!

    Admission: $45.00 Orchestra • $40.00 Loge

    Get The Led Out

    GTLO 1 from GTLO Productions on Vimeo.


     

  • The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents
    Swan Lake

    Feb 07, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Swan Lake
    Music By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

    Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theatere of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!  

    Admission: Gold Circle $65.00 •  Rear Orchestra $55.00 • Loge $45 .00 • Rear Loge $35.00


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Jen Chapin Band

    Feb 23, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jen Chapin's music reflects a diversity of experience, and an ongoing passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to greater social justice.

    Her selections will reflect her activism and involvement with global access to food.

    Admission:  $25.00

    Jen Chapin


     

  • The 39th Distinguished Lecturer Series,
    in conjunction with Food for Thought, presents
    An Evening with American Chef & Farm-to-Table Activist
    Alice Waters

    Mar 02, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a movement that advocates for just, sustainable, and organic food. Her work emphasizes the importance of edible education in our school system. She is the founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard Project, and has been honored with various international awards for her work as an activist and humanitarian.

    Over the course of 40 years, Alice Waters has created and passionately supported a culinary philosophy that maintains that food should be organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Opening her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971, which has ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” for the last four decades, her commitment to finding the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients has created a network of local farmers and purveyors dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Her focus on education further led to the creation of the Edible Schoolyard Project in 1996, which is committed to transforming public education and supports projects that incorporate gardening and preparing healthy meals into the school curriculum.

    Waters’ influence is extensive: she is vice president of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food traditions and has more than 100,000 members in over 130 countries. Her other numerous honors include being co-recipient, with Kofi Annan, of the Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School in 2008, and being named to the French Legion of Honor in 2009.

    Her speaking engagements include, among others, lecture series and university talks related to food ethics and values, just and sustainable agriculture, and the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food.

    Alice Waters is the author of ten books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious RevolutionIn the Green Kitchen40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, and her most recent book, The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

    Admission:  $28.00 General Admission

    Alice Waters on Facebook


     

  • Almost Queen
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The? most authentic QUEEN live show since the days of QUEEN themselves. A deliberate four piece band, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience.

    Admission: Orchestra $40.00 •  Loge $35.00

    Almost Queen

    Please call the Box Office at 973-720-2371 for ticket reservations. Thank you!


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria

    Mar 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?

    Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.

    Admission:  $10 Syrian Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    Syria Supper Club


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria

    Mar 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?

    Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.

    Admission:  $20 Syrian Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30 pm.

    Syria Supper Club


     

  • Victor Wooten Trio
    Apr 05, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five time Grammy Award winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year three times in a row by Bass Player magazine and the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked #10 in the “Top Ten Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.

    Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00

    Please call the Box Office at 973-720-2371 for ticket reservations. Thank you!

    Victor Wooten


     

  • David Bromberg Big Band
    Apr 07, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it’s all about the blues! His incredible musical journey spans over 50 years, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.

    Admission: Gold Circle $‎50.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $‎45.00 • Rear Loge $‎40.00

    Please call the Box Office at 973-720-2371 for ticket reservations. Thank you!

    David Bromberg


     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 14, 2018.

    Admission:  TBD


     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    Admission:  TBD


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

    Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.

    Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.

    Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone  program, Syria Supper Club. 

    Admission:  $10.00 Heritage Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    The United Tastes of America


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

    Apr 18, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.

    Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.

    Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone  program, Syria Supper Club. 

    Admission:  $20.00 Heritage Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30 pm.

    The United Tastes of America


     

  • Broadway Backstage!
    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Apr 27, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Broadway Backstage!

    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Broadway Backstage! is one of the most unique and satisfying theatrical experiences available for contemporary audiences of today. From their starring roles in Broadway’s most popular musicals such as ChicagoWicked, Les MiserablesMamma MiaEvita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, six Broadway stars belt out the tunes that they sing for thousands every night on the Great White Way! Hear their backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, 'big break' moments, and other insider stories - while enjoying songs from your favorite Broadway shows!

    Admission: TBA • Please call the box office at 973-720-2371 for ticket information and reservations.  Thank you!

    Broadway Backstage!