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Words & Music: Todd Davis

“Words & Music,” Monmouth University’s Grammy Affiliate program offers an intimate conversation with the musician and writers of our day. Hosted by Dean Kenneth Womack, the series will be convened at the University’s LakeHouse Studios space and attendees will enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting and vibrant artists of our times.

Todd Davis is a celebrated poet of the natural world. The winner of the Gwendolyn Books Poetry Prize, he is the author of five poetry collections, including his latest book, Native Species.

This event is Free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required.

 

Words & Music: May Pang

“Words & Music,” Monmouth University’s Grammy Affiliate program offers an intimate conversation with the musician and writers of our day. Hosted by Dean Kenneth Womack, the series will be convened at the University’s LakeHouse Studios space and attendees will enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting and vibrant artists of our times.

May Pang is an American music industry veteran, perhaps best known as Beatle John Lennon’s girlfriend during the early 1970s. She is the author of two books, including Loving John and Instamatic Karma.

This event is Free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Words & Music: Glen Burtnik

With “Words & Music,” Monmouth University’s Grammy Affiliate program offers an intimate conversation with the musician and writers of our day. Hosted by Dean Kenneth Womack, the series will be convened at the University’s LakeHouse Studios space and attendees will enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting and vibrant artists of our times.

Glen Burtnik is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter whose work includes hit singles for the likes of Don Henley and Patty Smyth. During his storied career, he has played with such bands as Styx, The Orchestra, and, most recently, The Weeklings.

This event is Free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Words & Music: Jack Ford

“Words & Music,” Monmouth University’s Grammy Affiliate program offers an intimate conversation with the musician and writers of our day. Hosted by Dean Kenneth Womack, the series will be convened at the University’s LakeHouse Studios space and attendees will enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting and vibrant artists of our times.

Jack Ford is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist. His latest novel is Chariot on the Mountain, the true story of a runaway slave’s extraordinary dash towards freedom in the Old South’s pre-Civil War years.

This event is Free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. STANDING ROOM TICKETS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. Seated tickets for this event are currently sold out, but standing room tickets are still available. By 10:15 am, we will begin to seat “standing room” ticket holders in any empty seats.
 
This February will mark 50 years since the Beatles landed at the newly-renamed Kennedy Airport and days later performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show to a record setting 73 million people changing music and popular culture forever. Monmouth University and the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum have partnered to commemorate the tremendous impact that the Fab Four had on American society with this day-long symposium featuring a keynote address, three panels and musical performances through the day.

Symposium Schedule

9:30 am     Registration
Musical Performance: Salvatore Boyd

10:00 am     Keynote Address/Opening Remarks 
Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum
 
10:30-10:40 am – Student Music Performance: Justin Franco

10:40 – 12:00 pm     Student Panel
Featuring current students who have taken Dr. Kenneth Campbell’s First-Year Seminar course, “The Beatles.” In addition to sharing their own research on the Beatles, the student panelists will reflect on their introduction to the Beatles, the Beatles’ impact on their generation, and the impact of technology on their experience with the group.  

Moderator, Professor Kenneth Campbell 
Alison Abate, “The Long and Winding Road: The Beatles Through the Years” 
Timothy Kerner, “The Effects of Drugs on the Beatles and Their Music” 
Sarah Lewis, “My Music Experience: The Beatles and Abbey Road” 
Jessica Mentzel, “The Beatles: Past, Present, and Future” 

12:00 – 12:45 pm     Lunch
Video Presentation organized by Professor George Wurzbach 

Junior Beatle Band curated by the Lakehouse Music Academy
Boxed lunches available for purchase

12:45-12:55 pm – Student Music Performance: Alexa Mazurkiewicz
 
12:45 – 2:30 pm     Faculty Panel
Monmouth University faculty members will discuss their thoughts and research on the Beatles and technology, the impact of Motown on their early career, questions of identity surrounding the group, and the experience of the second generation of Beatles’ fans with the group.  

Moderator, Dean Stan Green
Kenneth Campbell, “Who were the Beatles?: More than “Just a Band Who Made It Very, Very Big?” 
Christopher DeRosa,”The Beatles in the Echo Boom.”
Aaron Furgason,“Beatles vs. the Record Labels: How Technology Impacted the Beatles and their Record Labels.”
Stuart Rosenberg
, “The Beatles Discography: A Review of their Studio Albums, 1964-1970″
 
Hettie Williams, “The Motown Formula and the Boy Band Craze in the Pivotal Year 1964”


2:30-2:40 pm – Musical Performance: Joe Rapolla

2:40-4:00 pm     Professional Panel 
Moderator, Bob Santelli
Doug Sulpy, author, the Complete Beatles Audio Guide, the 910’s Guide to Beatles Outtakes 
Bobby Bandiera, Guitarist with Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 
Vini Lopez, Drummer with original E Street Band, Steelmill
Marc Muller, Musician who has recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Branford Marsalis and Kelly Clarkson, music director/multi-instrumentalist for Dead On Live, and Monmouth University Professor

Ongoing throughout the day – Brain on Beatles Project
The first 40 people who register for the symposium (SOLD OUT) will receive an audio postcard with a push button sound module that plays their brainwaves mapped to your favorite Beatles song – a one of a kind sound art piece. Innovative technology meets beautiful melodies as award winning media artist Andrew Demirjian provides a truly unique perspective on the Beatles music. With a five-minute visit, Prof. Demirjian will map your brain activity as you listen to your favorite Beatles song and then translate that brain data to musical notes – the piece provides a sonic snapshot, a self-portrait of your Brain on Beatles.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however advance registration is required
 

Sinatra: An American Icon Symposium

Location: Wilson Auditorium
Tickets are no longer on sale online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door – cash only. 


The Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises are pleased to announce some of the major initiatives confirmed as part of this year’s Sinatra 100 centennial celebration honoring one of the most cherished entertainment legends of all time, Frank Sinatra. An icon who forever epitomizes the American dream, Frank Sinatra continues to have an immeasurable influence on popular culture: music, film, art, theatre, fashion and beyond. Sinatra was a true one-of-a-kind personality whose incredible achievements continue to inspire greatness in others.

As part of this celebration, Monmouth University in partnership with the GRAMMY MUSEUM will be hosting a day long Sinatra Centennial symposium.

The schedule for the day includes (subject the change):

Noon – President Paul Brown, Welcome and Introduction
             Keynote
by Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum

12:30 – Sinatra 101 – The
Essence of Frank Sinatra,
Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and
Social Sciences Michael Thomas

12:50 – Performance by
MU students: Kellen Brennan – Keyboards, Connor Healy – Bass, Dino Marino – Sax, Liam Frank – Drums, Nicole Govel  – Vocals

1:00-2:00 – The Man,
The Music, The Legend
, Panel will include musicians
    Max Weinberg – Drummer, Bandleader,
Author

    Southside Johnny Lyon – Singer,
Songwriter, Arranger

    Steve Forbert, Singer,
Songwriter, Guitarist

    Mike Barris – Instructor, “Perfectly Frank: An Appreciation of the Music of Frank Sinatra”, Brookdale
Community College
    Chuck Granata – Record and Radio Producer, Author, Music Historian and Archivist
    Followed
by a Q & A

2:00-2:45 – Somewhere
Along the Way
– Sinatra as a social activist by Bob Santelli and Max
Weinberg

Screening of the short film, “The
House I Live In”. The Academy Award film starring Sinatra, was made in 1945 to
promote racial tolerance

2:45-3:45 – Nothing
but the Best,
Panel will include Sinatra aficionados
    Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films
    Joe Amore, Businessman and Sinatraphile
    Aaron Furgason, Associate Professor of Communications
    Stuart Rosenberg, Associate Professor of Management and Decision Sciences
    Followed by a Q & A

3:45 – 3:55 – Performance by MU students: Kellen Brennan – Keyboards, Connor Healy – Bass, Dino Marino – Sax, Liam Frank – Drums, Nicole Govel  – Vocals

3:55 – Bob Santelli will briefly describe the exhibit in the Pollak Gallery and encourage everyone to walk over to the Gallery

In conjunction with the symposium, there will be a special Sinatra photo exhibition in Pollak Gallery. Click here for details. 

Sinatra: A Photo Exhibit

The photo exhibit features 38 framed images spanning
Sinatra’s boyhood days in Hoboken to his final performances in the 1990s. 
Included are rare and classic images from inside Sinatra’s Capitol Studios recording
sessions, at home, at New Jersey’s Rustic Cabin roadhouse, on the road with the
Hoboken Four, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and, of course, Sinatra’s solo
career.  Photographers include Ken Veeder, Sid Avery, and the legendary
Herman Leonard, among others.

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery, 1st Floor
Opening Reception: Sun September 27, 1-4pm
The opening reception  will include a Q&A with the photographers moderated by Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli at 2:30 PM.
Free and open to the public

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles, features 45 iconic images of Bruce Springsteen. The exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko.

“Our goal with this exhibition is to define the career of Bruce Springsteen in an entirely new light, as captured by these five incredible photographers,” said GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli. “Each of these photographers was able to artfully document Bruce’s world, at different stages in his career. We are honored to partner with each of them in order to help tell the story of one of the most important figures in American music.”

Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973’s Columbia Records release Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ. He has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 GRAMMY Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by The Recording Academy. Springsteen’s newest album High Hopes (Columbia) was released on January 14, 2014.

While the majority of the exhibit focuses on Springsteen off-stage, four additional live performance photographs, shot by Barry Schneier, will be showcased. These photos were shot during the now famous Springsteen concert at Harvard Square Theater where famed Rolling Stone music journalist Jon Landau claimed, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

Additionally, the exhibit will feature video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by the GRAMMY Museum.

Laurence Juber

Fusing folk, jazz, pop and classical styles, Two-time GRAMMY winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings, Juber is a world-class guitar virtuoso solo artist, composer and arranger. Laurence Juber has released 18 critically acclaimed solo albums, including Guitarist and PCH. His solo CD, Pop Goes Guitar, includes the arrangement of Stand By Me that was heard nationally in the ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ commercial. His last release, Wooden Horses, showcases LJ’s compositions for solo guitar, and his latest CD is LJ Plays The Beatles Vol.2, a follow-up to Vol 1 which is one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten acoustic albums. Juber is featured on the CD Poppin’ Guitars, a tribute to the music of the Sherman Brothers, and can be seen in the documentary film, The Brothers, about those celebrated Disney composers.

As a studio musician, his playing can be currently heard on ABC Family channel’s hit show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Juber has also co-composed the soundtrack of the upcoming Blizzard Entertainment video game Diablo 3 and crafted the score to the recent NBC Dateline documentary “Children Of The Harvest.” His music is also featured in the Ken Burns documentary “The Tenth Inning.”

“Juber is a master of acoustic finger style, but with less of the trick-guitar mishmash that seems obligatory among the high octane pickers. He has a fluid style that shifts gears through simultaneous jazzy chording, leads, and bass lines, while weaving in and out of musical thoughts faster than a Formula One racer.” – San Diego Reader

The performance will be followed by Q&A from Monmouth’s Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Kenneth Womack. 

There will also be a Guitar Workshop with Laurence Juber in Woods Theatre at 2 PM FREE for concert ticketholders and Monmouth University Students.

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Beloved singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will play a concert featuring music from her acclaimed 2014 album The River & the Thread which garnered 3 Grammy awards in 2015. The recording includes eleven original songs written by Cash and her longtime collaborator—and husband—John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger, and guitarist. The River & the Thread evokes the American South’s rich landscape—physical, musical, and emotional—and examines the indelible impressions it’s made on our collective culture and on Cash, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee. The songs portray a multigenerational cast of characters—from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a present-day couple in Alabama. While Cash and Leventhal were inspired by the many musical styles associated with the South—Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country, rock, and others—the resulting collection of songs is contemporary. Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one. A Chicago Tribune reviewer describes Composed, her 2010 memoir, as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”