Upcoming Events

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools

Nov 14

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools return to the Pollak Theatre for another riveting evening embarking on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon’s eclectic version of the Great American Songbook. Playing a wide range of music from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools also dive into some of the Southside's Asbury Jukes material–revisiting some classics as well as the underperformed deep tracks. In this incarnation, musicians such as Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Tommy Byrnes, and Neal "The Dude" Pawley join Johnny for singing, playing, and having some fun on stage. It will be a loose mix of songs, stories and banter between the musicians and–hopefully–the audience. Opening Act: Bob Berger. All ticket holders will receive a free autographed poster signed by the artists after the show.

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Met Opera: CARMEN Encore

Nov 16

Met Opera: CARMEN Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Tickets on sale August 22.


Ani DiFranco

Nov 18

Ani DiFranco 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Folk singer Ani DiFranco melds soul, funk, jazz, electronica and spoken word into her eclectic repertoire, which features the songs “Untouchable Face,” “32 Flavors” and “Wishin’ and Hopin’.” A Grammy-winning songwriter and collaborator, DiFranco has never stopped evolving, experimenting or pushing the limits of what can be said and sung, over the course of more than 20 albums. Her CDs include the live two-disc Living in Clip, the career retrospective Canon and her latest release, ¿Which Side Are You On? Fan PreSale: Tues. July 22 at 10 am. General Public Onsale Thurs. July 24 10 am.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Nov 20

Mary Chapin Carpenter 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will appear at the Pollak Theatre this fall in an intimate, acoustic performance. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Tickets on sale July 18 at 10 AM.

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Gallery Exhibition: December Senior Show

Nov 21-Dec 5

Gallery Exhibition: December Senior Show 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design, Animation or Fine Art. Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 7 – 9 pm

Free Event


Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Nov 22

Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score. Tickets on sale August 22.


Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Dec 4

Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece. With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th‐century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.


Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 5

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

There’s simply no better way to start the holiday season than to spend this special evening with Conductor Father Alphonse Stephenson as he provides humorous and personal anecdotes amidst a program of holiday classics and carols performed flawlessly by his 42-piece orchestra and distinguished vocalists. This well-established Christmas tradition is celebrating its 24th year at Monmouth University. Be sure to get your tickets early for this annual sell out!

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Click, Clack, Moo

Dec 6

Click, Clack, Moo 

Pollak Theatre - 2 PM

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

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Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Encore

Dec 7

Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score. Tickets on sale August 22.


‘TIS THE SEASON A HOLIDAY CONCERT

Dec 11

‘TIS THE SEASON A HOLIDAY CONCERT 

Wilson Hall 104 - 7:30 PM

An evening of seasonal music for choir, orchestra, and handbells performed in the majestic and festive atmosphere of Wilson Hall The concert is conducted by Professor Michael Gillette and Dr. David M. Tripold and features the Colts Neck Reformed Church Exultation Ringers conducted by Maggie Tripold. Tickets on sale July 1.


Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG

Dec 13

Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Tickets on sale August 22.


Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère

Dec 14

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.


Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW

Jan 17

Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Tickets on sale August 22.


Gallery Exhibition: Hon Eui Chen - After the Sun

Jan 20-Mar 7

Gallery Exhibition: Hon Eui Chen - After the Sun 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Born in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodia border, Hon Eui Chen moved to Mississippi at the age of six. Growing up in the American South, while still trying to preserve memories of her childhood in Asia brought up questions about identity that influence her work. The concept of travel and memory are also embedded in her current series of mixed media paintings – layered earthy, dark colored background with graphite drawn trees and foliage and an overlay of concrete. Lecture: January 29, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Wilson Hall Auditorium. Opening Reception: January 29 5:30 - 7 pm

Free Event