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Virtual Living Room Concert Series – Alumni Edition

Monmouth University’s Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving and the Center for the Arts are proud to present the premiere of a special ALUMNI EDITION of our Virtual Living Room Concert Series – Stay Safe, Stay at Home featuring select Monmouth University Alumni! The concert will premiere on the Center for the Arts YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/dcuYvbxZA0o on October 23, 2020 at 8 PM with a live chat with some of the artists and will be available to stream on the channel anytime afterward.

This living room concert features the following Monmouth University Alumni: Taylor Hope ’16, Carlos Morales ’10, Gianna Cusanelli ’17, Zach Gindi ’19, Sharon Lasher ’81, Kellie Shane ’09, Zack Sandler ’20 and Natalie Imani ‘04

A Virtually Celtic Christmas – streamed direct from the National Opera House of Ireland

Streaming Packages on sale 10/14 at 10 AM.

Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, A Virtually Celtic Christmas features the Irish Concert Orchestra, two choirs, guests singers and musicians from all over Ireland and the ethereal voice of Irish tenor, Michael Londra. Michael is best known as the lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway and for his Emmy® nominated show Beyond Celtic, on PBS. The show features an array of Christmas favorites from ancient Gaelic hymns to Broadway classics. Songs include In the Bleak MidwinterThe Wexford CarolWinter, Fire and Snow, and a host of songs to warm you on a winter’s evening. The concert’s musical director, renowned Irish composer Liam Bates composed the choral arrangements for the evening. Guest artists include New York Times best selling author of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. Liam and Eoin’s songs from their Christmas musical NOËL feature in the concert along with an appearance by West End star and Northern Ireland native Zoe Rainey (Wicked, Hairspray).

 

About Michael Londra
Michael Londra is originally from Wexford, home of the National Opera House and was the first local to perform at the beautiful space when it opened in 2009. Over the past year he has spent a lot of time in his homeland filming a new tv series for public television, Ireland with Michael, a travel and music show featuring some of Ireland’s biggest stars. The show will air on PBS in the spring of 2021. Audiences of Virtually Celtic Christmas will get a special glimpse of the show during the concert. You’ll learn about his love for his home county, to traditional music and his special connection to JFK and the Kennedy family.

Go Now! The Music of The Moody Blues LIVE streamed from the Harlequin Theatre

In an endless sea of rock and pop formats, The Moody Blues distinguished themselves through five decades as that shimmering jewel vindicating rock music as a substantial artistic contribution to Western culture.  Since the 60’s, as a part of the historic original British invasion of Supergroups, The Moody Blues lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” which express universal themes of love, compassion and peace.  They have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame in 2018 and ceased touring at that time.

Gordon Marshall, drummer with The Moody Blues for over 25 years, knew that there was a hunger in the market for Moody Blues music.  To fill the void, he put together an amazing group of musicians and formed the band GO NOW!, a tribute to the music of The Moody Blues. Mick Wilson, the lead singer of GO NOW!, was the lead singer with 10cc for over 20 years.  Gordon and Mick are joined on stage by Patrick Duffin, Ryan Farmery and Nick Kendall, and together recreate the magical music we all know including all the major hits.  With 25 years experience with The Moody Blues, Gordon has created true-to-the-original arrangements, making every performance truly magical.

The live streamed performance at the Harlequin Theatre in London marks the first time since early spring that the band will come together and perform, on stage at this beautiful theatre, with a brand new, never before seen concert!

Electo Electro 2020 – Interactive Workshop and Artist Talk

With Mike Richison

Special Guest: Patrick Murray, Monmouth University Polling Institute

ARTIST TALK:
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 PM

WORKSHOP:
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 PM
Attendees who are planning to participate in the 7:30 workshop are kindly requested to download and install a demo version of max msp jitter. This is not required. https://cycling74.com/downloads

Electo Electro 2020 is an interactive installation combining audience participation, music, news footage, and politics. The project allows participants to remix videos from political rallies, debates, and news in a structured sixteen beat loop. The touchscreen design is a parody of the system employed by the Accuvote, a voting system that is difficult to audit and susceptible to hacking. The parody continues into the format of the installation itself which will resemble a polling station. There will be an artist talk at 6:00 followed by a Max MSP Jitter workshop at 7:30 pm.

Mike Richison is a multimedia artist and an Assistant Professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey where he teaches motion graphics. He employs a variety of approaches including sculpture, graphic design, and interactive video. His work utilizes found objects such as turntables, voting booths, and scavenged video clips as well as the Max MSP Jitter programming environment. Mike has exhibited at Autonomous Cultural Centre Medika (Zagreb, Croatia); Figment NYC and Art in Odd Places (New York); and Peters Valley School of Craft and Morris Museum (New Jersey). His projects have received attention in outlets such as Leonardo, Noisey (Music by VICE), FACT Magazine, Hyperallergic, WABC-TV Channel 7 News New York, and The Washington Post. Before moving to New Jersey in 2007, he lived in the Detroit, Michigan area for several years.

These events are FREE and open to the public, but please register if you plan to attend.
They are virtual only. A Zoom link will be provided when you register.

This event is presented in collaboration with Galleries and Collections and the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Tuesday Night World Music Record Club Angelique Kidjo’s Celia

We have decided to continue with Record Club in virtual format using the ZOOM app. When you register you will be provided the meeting link to join the conversation.

Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss.

This event featuring Angelique Kidjo’s Celia will be hosted by Monmouth University Professor Meghan Hynson and is cosponsored by the Institute for Global Understanding. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club: Madeline Miller’s Circe

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!

This month’s novel is Madeline Miller’s Circe and book club will be guest hosted by Rupa DasGupta, artist and former Monmouth Adjunct Professor. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

When you register you will be provided the meeting link to join the conversation. GET MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE ZOOM

Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club: Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!

This month’s novel is Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox.  Set in the eighteenth-century London underworld Confessions of the Fox is a bawdy, genre-bending novel that reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker • HuffPost • Kirkus Reviews • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award • Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • “A dazzling tale of queer romance and resistance.”—Time

The author, Jordy Rosenberg will be joining the conversation for this event!!

When you register you will be provided the meeting link to join the conversation. GET MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE ZOOM

MR. RAY – MUSIC FOR LITTLE PEOPLE LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT

Music for kids that INSPIRES, CHALLENGES…and ROCKS!

Join us for a special virtual concert with Mr. Ray! Positive, inspiring songs & interactive performances with a message of kindness, respect & social/emotional awareness for children Pre-K to 3rd grade. When you REGISTER you will be provided the Zoom link to join the concert.

Virtual Living Room Concert Series – Stay Safe, Stay at Home – Volume 3

Monmouth University Center for the Arts is proud to present the third installment of our Virtual Living Room Concert Series – Stay Safe, Stay at Home featuring some of your favorite singers, songwriters, poets and musicians from the Jersey Shore and beyond!

The concert will premiere on the Center for the Arts YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/4GdmUciSoUo on August 14, 2020 at 8 PM with a live chat from some of the performers and will be available to stream on the channel anytime afterward.

This living room concert features: Geoff Sewell, Dr. King, Matt O’Ree and Eryn, Lisa Lowell, Steve Conte, Ray Andersen, Sutton Thomas, Rosemary Conte, Michael Waters, and GennaRose Nethercott

The concert is directed by Monmouth University Alumnus Tom Parr ’85  and sponsored in part by Riptide records.

Virtual Tuesday Night Record Club: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

We have decided to continue with Record Club in virtual format using the ZOOM app. When you register you will be provided the meeting link to join the conversation. CLICK HERE for more information on how to use ZOOM.

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required.