Upcoming Events

Met Opera: Manon Lescaut (Broadcast in HD)

Mar 5

Met Opera: Manon Lescaut (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.


Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo

Mar 6

Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo 

Pollak Theatre - 2 PM

Imago Theatre, best known for FROGZ is proud to announce its latest family hit ZooZoo, a whimsical, terrifically silly family show that has delighted audiences nationwide with its giggle-inducing short vignettes performed without words to an original score—a perfect theatre experience for children. ZooZoo is a circus, a zoo, and a world all its own, where penguins play musical chairs, a cat becomes trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos have insomnia, and anteaters work as waiters—all resulting in a madcap revue of illusion, comedy, and fun. Imago’s shows have been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

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Michael Malpass Retrospective

Mar 8-Jun 30

Michael Malpass Retrospective 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

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.

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MET OPERA: Manon Lescaut (Encore)

Mar 20

MET OPERA: Manon Lescaut (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Charlotte’s Web

Mar 22

Charlotte’s Web 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

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Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield

Mar 22

Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Jane Hirshfield’s poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence—desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, the many dimensions of our connection with others and the wider community of creatures and objects with which we share our lives. Demonstrating with quiet authority what it means to awaken into the full capacities of attention, her work sets forth a hard-won affirmation of our human fate. Described by The New York Times as “radiant and passionate” and by other reviewers as “ethically aware,” “insightful and eloquent,” and as conveying “succinct wisdom,” her subjects range from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific to subtle unfoldings of daily life and experience. Her book of essays on the “mind of poetry” and her several collections presenting and co-translating the work of poets from the past have become classics in their fields. An intimate, profound, and generous master of her art, Hirshfield has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College, and elsewhere, and her many appearances at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in this country and abroad have been highly acclaimed.

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First Senior Show – Fine Art, Art Education, & Animation

Mar 25-Apr 2

First Senior Show – Fine Art, Art Education, & Animation 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Fine Art, Art Education, and Animation.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus

Mar 31

Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval. Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, along with Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina and Vladislav Lantratov as Crassus.

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Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (Broadcast in HD)

Apr 2

Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. 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.


ART NOW: Eric Barry Drasin and Phillip David Stearns

Apr 6

ART NOW: Eric Barry Drasin and Phillip David Stearns 

Wilson Hall - 6 PM

Eric Barry Drasin is a Brooklyn-based artist, musician and curator working at the intersection of digital media, performance and installation. Phillip David Stearns is also based in Brooklyn. His work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material. Eric and Phil will give a joint artist lecture as well as lead a demonstration of their tools and techniques.

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Second Senior Show – Graphic Design

Apr 9-16

Second Senior Show – Graphic Design 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design.

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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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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.

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