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Student Recital - James Long

Apr 30

Student Recital - James Long 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 4 PM

James Long is a student of Professors Clarke, Lim and Moon and is a Music Performance Major.  James will be featured on guitar, voice and piano.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Free Event


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.


NJ MoCA Art Conversations: Sculpture Tour and Michael Malpass Film Screening

Apr 28

NJ MoCA Art Conversations: Sculpture Tour and Michael Malpass Film Screening 

Wilson Auditorium - 7 PM

The world of contemporary visual art is often intimidating, challenging, and seemingly unapproachable. To help break those perceptions and barriers, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art will present “Art Conversations,” a series of three scholar-led panel talks that will provide context and insight into what defines contemporary art, its transformational trends, and its relevance and impact on society. This event will include a tour of the sculpture on campus including the new J. Seward Johnson pieces and the Michael Malpass Retrospective in Pollak Gallery. There will also be a screening of the new documentary, about Michael Malpass titled "Michael Malpass - A Great Circle" created by Monmouth University Communication Students under the direction of Erin Fleming, Director of Production Services.

Free Event


Andy Statman

Apr 27

Andy Statman 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Had there been a planetarium in 19th-century Galicia, or a kosher deli in Depression-era Kentucky, Andy Statman’s music might have been playing in the background. Meandering through time, geography and culture in a few passionate, organic gusts of music, neither the man nor his inimitable hybrid sound has a very clearly defined “before” or “after.” Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions as “a spontaneous, American-roots form of very personal, prayerful Hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” Presented by the Jewish Cultural Studies Program at Monmouth University.


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


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


Jimmy LaFave & Amy Helm

Apr 23

Jimmy LaFave & Amy Helm 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

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.


Student Recital: Rosemary Belonis

Apr 23

Student Recital: Rosemary Belonis 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 4:30 PM

Music/Music Industry and Communication double major, will be performing her Senior Recital at the Woods Theatre. She will be featured on voice and guitar. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. Rosemary K. Belonis, Monmouth University, Music Industry Communication Radio/TV, National Panhellenic Conference at MU, Director of Membership Development, Pre-Law Club

Free Event


Student Recital: Mahal Wilson

Apr 22

Student Recital: Mahal Wilson 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 7 PM

Music Major, will be performing her Senior Recital at the Woods Theater on Friday, April 22 at 7 pm. She will be featured on voice. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served.

Free Event


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. 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. NPR calls them "one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master" and The New York Times says "simply exquisite." Hayes and Cahill have performed for President Obama and leaders of the European Union, in major concert halls and headlining festivals around the globe. 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.


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.


“Rockin’ through the Decades” with Taylor Hope and Friends

Apr 21

“Rockin’ through the Decades” with Taylor Hope and Friends 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Take a musical journey through the decades with Taylor Hope, a prominent electric violinist in the New Jersey music scene and student at Monmouth University. Along with well-known musicians such as Glen Burtnik, Joe Bellia, Joe LaFragola, and others to be announced, Taylor will lead the audience from the groovy vibes of the 1960’s to the cutting edge styles of today. So come out to Pollak Theatre for an unforgettable night of rock and roll with Taylor and her friends.


CANCELLED: An American Celebration of Grandmother Earth

Apr 20

CANCELLED: An American Celebration of Grandmother Earth 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Traditional Native American storytelling is deeply rooted in the earth - honoring all life, especially the plants and animals we depend on. Years upon years of a kinship with the land, life, water and sky has lead to intimate connections to the earth and a relationship of give and take with the natural world. Kevin Locke, visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator leads an ensemble of multi-talented performers in an uplifting evening of storytelling interwoven with traditional Native American music and dramatic dance elements. Featuring music from Locke’s 2009 Nammy (Annual Native American Music Awards) award-winning album “Earth Gift" this world-premiere event will empower and energize us all to become stewards of our surroundings, preserving our world for posterity and encourage us to live together as part of the Universal heartbeat.


Intro to Celtic Music Workshop with Switchback

Apr 20

Intro to Celtic Music Workshop with Switchback 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

Attendees are presented with traditional pieces of Irish music, folklore and dance. Following the historic time-line of Irish emigration to the United States, participants are made aware of the evolution of Irish music, once immigrants reached America. They will listen to the transformation of Irish music into today’s western, jazz and bluegrass. The resurgence of Irish music, dance and culture are also examined. 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. Held in conjunction with the concert featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with Switchback on April 22 at 8 PM in Pollak Theatre

Free Event


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