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Music & Theatre Department’s Chamber Orchestra and Ensembles

Directed by Professor Michael Gillette 

Open to all students and faculty

Classical pieces by Mozart, Grieg, Verdi, Bach, Vaughn, Williams, Schubert, Rossini, & Clarke performed by the Chamber Orchestra & Ensembles.

Gallery Exhibition: Glory Bound. Photographs by Barry Schneier

September 2 – September 30
Pollak Gallery
Opening Reception/Gallery Talk: September 11, 6-8 pm

Throughout the 1970’s, Barry Schneier captured several iconic figures in pivotal moments of their lives, having unprecedented access to these young artists as their careers took flight. Included in the exhibit are images from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary 1974 Harvard Square Theatre show — a performance cemented in music history after Jon Landau penned the infamous line,  “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” Also featured is Patti Smith’s debut tour performance at San Francisco’s Boarding House and Van Morrison’s triumphant return to Boston as he paid tribute to the town where he conceived Astral Weeks.

Image Caption: Bruce Springsteen, Harvard Square Theatre, 5/9/1974

Gallery Exhibition: Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue Harmony – Celebrating The West Side’s Unique Musical Legacy

February 1 – February 28
Pollak Gallery
Opening Reception: February 4, from 6-8 pm (includes a performance by the du-wop group the Tee-Tones)
Lecture: February 11 from 7-8:30 pm in Pollak Theatre by Charlie and Pam Horner
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and select weekends

Long before Asbury Park became known for rock music, the city’s African American community rocked on Springwood Avenue.  Between 1910 and 1970, the city’s West Side pioneered the sounds of jazz, gospel and rhythm & blues.  This exhibit explores, chronicles and highlights Asbury Park’s black music scene from Count Basie to Billy Brown, through an impressive collection of rare photos and memorabilia. Curated by Charlie & Pam Horner of Classic Urban Harmony LLC.


Our Town by Thornton Wilder

November 5 – 9 and 12 – 15, 2014
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

A University-wide production of the classic Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder, Our Town tells the universal story of small town America. Though taking place in the first decade of the 20th century and written in 1938, Our Town has consistently been hailed as a theatrical masterpiece. A New York production won the Tony Award for best revival in 1989 and an off-Broadway presentation in 2009 won accolades from critics and audiences alike and ran for nearly 3 years.  Performed with little scenery and having the character of Stage Manager directly address the audience, Our Town asks us to consider what is important in life. When Emily wants to relive a day in her life, she is told “Choose the least important day of your life; it will be important enough.”

SOLD OUT – ‘TIS THE SEASON: A Holiday Concert

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. 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.


March 4 – 8; March 10 – 12, 2015
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

From an American town in the early 20th century, we flash forward to a future dystopia where a severe water shortage has made public pay-per-use toilets a legal necessity. Urinetown was a hit Broadway musical in the early 21st century, running for two and a half years. It won Tony Awards for its composer and lyricists Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis and Mr. Kotis also won for the book of the musical.  The show is a satirical take on social change (the police are represented by Officers Lockstock and Barrel), corporate greed (the pay toilets are run by “Urine Good Company”), and Broadway musicals themselves. One of the show’s characters – its hero Bobby Strong – was included as one of the 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre.

Something’s Happening Here Spring Showcase

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 Jenners and Dr. David M. Tripold.

National Theatre of London: Skylight

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.
As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Willie Nile and Anthony D’Amato join Songwriters By The Sea

Songwriters By The Sea hosts, and accomplished New Jersey songwriters, Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla, bring their popular songwriters series to the historic Lauren K. Woods Theater. The series began as an intimate, casual coffeehouse jam in Asbury Park, NJ and has evolved into a regional and national show. The series has attracted the attention and participation of many of the most revered singers and songwriters on the scene today. 

This show features the tireless touring Greenwich Village troubadour, Willie Nile.  Willie makes a stop at the Monmouth University right in the middle of his European tour where he’s been showcasing songs from his new CD, American Ride. Also joining Rapolla and D’Urso is breakthrough artist Anthony D’Amato*.  D’Amato just signed to New West Records and released his critically acclaimed CD, coincidentally titled, The Shipwreck from the Shore. Monmouth University Blue Hawk Records’ artists Natalie Zeller and Brittany Cannarozzi​ will open the show.

Included with the ticket price is a reception, sponsored by the Leon Hess Business School, before the show at 7 p.m.

*Please note that Anthony D’Amato will be replacing Sam Llanas

Theatre Fest 2014

Please join us for the first Annual TheatreFest, four days and nights of theatre entirely produced and directed by Monmouth University students. All events free of charge and open to the public! Details of the individual events below. For more information, contact Professor Sheri Anderson,

Monday, December 1: 8pm – Woods Theatre

Boom Roasted Productions: An Evening of Contemporary Scenes

Director: Megan Roberts

Tuesday, December 2

Alpha Psi Omega: A Day with the Bard
Throughout the day all over campus, members of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, will present Shakespearean scenes, monologues, and sonnets.

Director: Nick Zazzario

Wednesday, December 3: 8pm – Woods Theatre

Theatre Majors and Minors Showcase

A variety of scenes and songs performed and directed by our theatre majors and minors. The evening will end with a world premiere staged reading of theatre minor Patrick S. Hall’s Occupied.

Producers: Molly Huber and Patrick Hall

Thursday, December 4: 8pm – Woods Theatre

Communication/Performance Studies Student Showcase

Co-Sponsored by CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance

Producer: Zoe Bulitt