Upcoming Events

Borealis Wind Quintet and The Monmouth Winds

Apr 10

Borealis Wind Quintet and The Monmouth Winds 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

The Borealis Wind Quintet, like the Spectacular Aurora Borealis, displays a brilliant array of sparkling color and magic in the music they perform. Nominated for a Grammy in 2006, they are without question the major wind quintet of our time. Their warm yet commanding stage presence, combined with great music, always captivates the audience. Engaging and delightful, the Borealis brings a fresh sound and an exciting program to each performance. They are recognized for their fundamental contributions to the wind quintet literature with their many commissions, recordings, and editions of rare and traditional music.

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On Screen In Person: Deaf Jam

Apr 11

On Screen In Person: Deaf Jam 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Illuminating the extraordinary power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, Deaf Jam is story of Aneta Brodski's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. When Aneta, a deaf Israeli immigrant high school student, makes an extraordinary connection with a hearing Palestinian slam poet, they transcend personal and political divisions to generate a new form of poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf.

Free Event


Met Opera: Roberto Devereux (Broadcast in HD)

Apr 16

Met Opera: Roberto Devereux (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.


Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote

Apr 17

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. The Bolshoi's panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colorful and technically challenging production, DON QUIXOTE is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed!

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Visiting Writer: Laura Kasischke

Apr 19

Visiting Writer: Laura Kasischke 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry and eight novels. She was the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for her collection SPACE, IN CHAINS (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). She has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rilke Award for Poetry, the Bess Hokin Award from POETRY magazine, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is teaches in the MFA Program and the Residential College at the University of Michigan, from which she graduated. She lives with her husband and son in Chelsea, Michigan.

Free Event


Something's Happening Here: Spring Showcase

Apr 21

Something's Happening Here: Spring Showcase 

Wilson Hall - 7:30 PM

A musical cavalcade featuring the Monmouth University Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists. The concert is conducted by Professor Michael Gillette, Professor Bryan Jenner and Dr. David M. Tripold.

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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill with Switchback

Apr 22

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill with Switchback 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Two world renowned Celtic duos come together for the first time on the Pollak Stage for a spectacular night of Irish music. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals for over 20 years. Featuring a mix of Irish music and original songs, their concerts have been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.” With a mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass their harmonies have won comparisons to the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American master guitarist Dennis Cahill have garnered international renown for taking traditional Irish music to the edge of the genre with slow-building, fiery performances while incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of blues and jazz.

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Jimmy LaFave & Amy Helm

Apr 23

Jimmy LaFave & Amy Helm 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale July 17 at 10 AM. Two incredible singer-songwriters perform on the Pollak stage in this co-bill representing the best of American music traditions. The attraction of Jimmy LaFave's music lies in his voice and vision that strikes responsive chords at the heart of folk, blues and American roots rock & roll. Jimmy has devoted most of his life to making music, beginning as a young boy in Texas, then moving to Oklahoma where he crafted his sound, a combining his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. His discography includes 8 critically acclaimed cds and he has toured extensively through the U.S. and Europe. Amy Helm’s deep musical roots are enriched by her stunning vocal and other creative gifts revealing a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions.

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Annual Student Show

Apr 24-30

Annual Student Show 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the select works by Monmouth University students in Photography, Graphic Design, Animation and Studio Art.

Free Event


MET OPERA: Madama Butterfly (Encore)

Apr 24

MET OPERA: Madama Butterfly (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Met Opera: Elektra (Broadcast in HD)

Apr 30

Met Opera: Elektra (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.


MET OPERA: Roberto Devereux (Encore)

May 8

MET OPERA: Roberto Devereux (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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MET OPERA: Elektra (Encore)

May 15

MET OPERA: Elektra (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Curious George: The Golden Meatball

May 18

Curious George: The Golden Meatball 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. All–You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away. Something pretty big. And that “something” was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more.Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest…in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome...and meatballs...and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

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