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Michael Malpass Retrospective

Mar 8-Aug 18

Michael Malpass Retrospective 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Exhibition extended thorough August 18. Michael Malpass’s (1946-1991) artistic legacy consists of sculpture, drawings , collage, paintings, and assemblages. He is best known for his spheres, which revitalize found industrial objects using bandsaw and traditional blacksmithing techniques. He described his sculpture, overall, as "a blend of artistry, collage, craftsmanship and movement," terms that could be applied to his work in other media, as well. His vast, stimulating and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most respected sculptors of the 20th century. There will be a documentary screening “Michael Malpass - A Great Circle” created by Monmouth University Communication students under the direction of Erin Fleming, May 18 at 10 AM in Wilson Hall.

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J. Seward Johnson Sculptures

Apr 8-Aug 31

J. Seward Johnson Sculptures 

Pollak Theatre - 9 AM

From now until the end of August, a small collection of J. Seward Johnson Sculptures will be exhibited on Monmouth University grounds. The sculptures on display include God Bless America, Strolling Professor, and Between Classes. J. Seward Johnson is most widely known for his sculptures depicting people engaged in every day activities.

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Met Opera Summer Encore: Tosca  (Broadcast Live in HD)

Jul 1

Met Opera Summer Encore: Tosca (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Puccini’s enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy’s production. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue.

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ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE

Jul 6-16

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

Before Loretta and before Dolly, there was Patsy – Patsy Cline, whose hits like “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams” heralded the cross-over of country music and pop. This summer, Shadow Lawn Stage, the professional theatre in residence at Monmouth University, will present Ted Swindley’s ode to her: Always, Patsy Cline.

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Met Opera Summer Encore: L'Elisir d'Amore (Broadcast Live in HD)

Jul 8

Met Opera Summer Encore: L'Elisir d'Amore (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini, stars Anna Netrebko in her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara.

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Met Opera Summer Encore: La Boheme (Broadcast Live in HD)

Jul 14

Met Opera Summer Encore: La Boheme (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In one of the most dramatic saves in Live in HD history, soprano Kristine Opolais sang the role of Mimi with only a few hours notice in Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, La Bohème also stars Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the passionate poet Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as the flirtatious Musetta, and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello. Stefano Ranzani conducts. (originally transmitted live on April 5, 2014)

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Met Opera Summer Encore: Cosi Fan Tutte (Broadcast Live in HD)

Jul 22

Met Opera Summer Encore: Cosi Fan Tutte (Broadcast Live in HD) 

7 PM

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart's barbed romance Così fan tutte, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when a pair of friends decide to test their fiancée's fidelity. Lesley Koenig's sleek production features a cast filled with rising Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina. Maurizio Muraro is the cynical Don Alfonso.

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Shawn Mendes - SOLD OUT

Aug 16

Shawn Mendes - SOLD OUT 

MAC At Monmouth - 7 PM

With his #1 debut album, #1 single “Stitches”, & now second Pop Radio hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer” extending his momentum at into the new year, Island Records recording artist Shawn Mendes has announced his Shawn Mendes World Tour, opening across Europe with 11 dates in April-May, and then arriving in North America with 26 dates starting on July 15th at Mizner Amphitheater in Boca Raton FL, through the August 21st homecoming date at Air Canada Center in Toronto (Please see full list of dates below). Preceding these shows, Shawn will play his biggest New York City concert to date, headlining Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, March 5th, which sold-out in under 5 minutes when tickets went on-sale this past fall. Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.


Visiting Writers: The Breakbeat Poets

Sep 20

Visiting Writers: The Breakbeat Poets 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture.

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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Sep 24

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective recently pushed the boundaries of the “performance experience” when they finished third on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” The group received massive praise and admiration from fans and all three judges. William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument, The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument.

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CSNsongs

Oct 1

CSNsongs "Celebrating The Music Of Crosby Stills Nash & Young 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale 5/6 for Center for the Arts donors; 5/11 for general public. CSNsongs is more than a tribute band. It is a group of seven New Jersey based musicians that create a full production show paying homage to the folk/rock group that changed music in the 1960s and '70s." All of "Crosby Stills Nash & Young's" compositions are highly respected by "CSNsongs" and are reproduced perfectly as they were originally written, recorded and performed throughout Crosby Stills Nash & Young's musical legacy. The iconic group’s music was born at the famous Woodstock Music Festival when Crosby, Stills and Nash hit the stage and changed the face of folk/rock music forever. Their music continued throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and is still popular and relevant today. CSN Songs helps audiences relive such special musical moments as Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Ohio, Love the One You’re With, Just a Song Before I Go, and Southern Man.

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Aquila Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing

Oct 6

Aquila Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale 5/20 for Center for the Arts donors; 5/25 for general public. Shakespeare’s great comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, highlights Aquila Theatre’s 25th anniversary season. Spying, subterfuge, deception, false identities, slander, manipulation and love all take part in this wonderfully entertaining battle of the sexes. Much Ado About Nothing, thought to have been written in 1598, belongs to a group of Shakespeare’s more mature romantic comedies. It is an exuberant, philosophical, and festive play excelling in combative wit, melodrama, and potential tragedy.

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BENISE - Strings of Passion: 10 Year Anniversary World Tour!

Oct 15

BENISE - Strings of Passion: 10 Year Anniversary World Tour! 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale 4/29 for Center for the Arts donors; 5/4 for general public. The Prince of Spanish Guitar, BENISE is ‘Bennissimo!’ in this special 10 year anniversary production called “Strings of Passion”. Armed with his fiery Spanish Guitar, a stage full of musicians, and an international dance troupe, BENISE takes us on a musical journey through Salsa, Flamenco, Samba, Waltz and Tango, fused with classic rock anthems by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Santana and The Eagles…to name a few. Go center stage with BENISE in this amazing production that takes your audiences to Spain, China, Paris, Egypt, India, Cuba, Italy, Dubai, the Heartland of America…and more: the Theatrical World Music and Dance Spectacle that has been called “The Latin Riverdance”.

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Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Oct 21

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three time Grammy winning album, The River & the Thread. The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note Records) is a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Rosanne to the American South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. Rosanne follows her acclaimed Grammy nominated and award winning album The List (2009) with her own poetic survey of places and people of The South on these beautiful and varied songs written with her collaborator, musical director, guitarist and husband, John Leventhal.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age - Live in HD

Oct 23

Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age - Live in HD 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Tickets for sale July 1. In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster…