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Drum Workshop with Joe Bellia, drummer of The Weeklings

Joe has worked with Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Nils Lofgren and more. He will be analyzing the drumming style of Ringo Starr.

Joe will be performing at Pollak Theatre at 8 PM the same night along with The Weeklings and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band. For more information about that event click here.

Songwriters By The Sea

Distinguished NJ Songwriters Joe Rapolla and Joe D’Urso are back this year hosting the celebrated Songwriters by the Sea series at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. What once started in a small coffee shop as an area for local songwriters has
now grown into a series that features some of the top songwriters in the country.

This year, the show features a twist of rock music and country music. The rock music
is courtesy of Eric Bazilian, founding member of the rock band Hooters. Bazilian is also known internationally for his efforts as a Grammy nominated songwriter, as well as being an arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.

Singing-songwriting duo Williams Honor will bring a bit of the country to Woods Theatre. The duo have exploded in Asbury Park’s music scene, and features producer and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Brown and performer powerhouse Reagan Richards. The two previously have worked and toured with many national acts before coming together to form the Jersey Shore’s first ever country duo. They’re about to release their first single to country radio “Send It To Me” from their debut album.

Opening the show will be Monmouth University students Daniel Amato and Brittany Cannarozzi.

The net proceeds will support Monmouth University’s Endowed Music Industry Scholarship.

There will be a pre-show hospitality reception at 7 p.m. and post-show reception (included with ticket price)!

Sponsored by the Monmouth University Leon Hess Business School and Business Council.

“Rockin’ through the Decades” with Taylor Hope and Friends

Take a musical journey through the decades with Taylor Hope, a
prominent electric violinist in the New Jersey music scene and student at
Monmouth University.  Along with well-known musicians such as Glen
Burtnik, Joe Bellia, Joe LaFragola, and others to be announced, Taylor will
lead the audience from the groovy vibes of the 1960’s to the cutting edge
styles of today.  So come out to Pollak Theatre for an unforgettable night
of rock and roll with Taylor and her friends.

Student Recital – James Long

James Long is a student of Professors Clarke, Lim and Moon and is a Music Performance Major.  James will be featured on guitar, voice and piano.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Intro to Celtic Music Workshop with Switchback

Attendees are presented with traditional pieces of Irish music, folklore and dance. Following the historic time-line of Irish emigration to the United States, participants are made aware of the evolution of Irish music, once immigrants reached America. They will  listen to the transformation of Irish music into today’s western, jazz and bluegrass. The resurgence of Irish music, dance and culture are also examined.

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals for over 20 years. Featuring a mix of Irish music and original songs, their concerts have been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.” With a mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass their harmonies have won comparisons to the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel.

Held in conjunction with the concert featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with Switchback on April 22 at 8 PM in Pollak Theatre


A Musical Winter Wonderland in Wilson Hall on December 8 is SOLD OUT!! Standing Room tickets will be available day of show only for $10.

A cavalcade of Holiday favorites featuring the Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra, The Jazz Hawks, The Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, soloists, and a special appearance by the Colts Neck Reformed Church  Exultation Ringers, all in the magisterial setting of Wilson Hall.


Distinguished NJ Songwriters
Joe Rapolla and Joe D’Urso are back this year hosting the celebrated Songwriters by
the Sea series at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. What once started in a small
coffee shop as an area for local songwriters has now grown into a series that
features some of the top songwriters in the country.
This year, the show features

James Maddock, a fixture on the Folk and Americana scene and expatriate Irish writer and musician Larry Kirwan.

An April 2014 review in Relix Magazine puts it this way: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.” After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut Songs From Stamford Hill was featured prominently on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while follow-up Wake Up And Dream ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows).

Larry Kirwan
(born in Wexford, Ireland) is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most
noted as the lead singer for the New York-based Irish rock band, Black 47
Kirwan has also written
and produced eleven plays and musicals, some of which have been performed in
the United States and Europe. The plays deal mainly with Irish history and

Monmouth University Blue Hawk Records’ artists Julia Whary, Nicole Govel, and guest Isabella Rose, will open the show.
Sponsored by the Leon Hess Business School and Business Council


A joyous program of music by some of the greatest composers of all time –  Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wagner, and others.

The MU Chamber Orchestra, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, performs a variety of compositions from the classical repertory. This spring concert also features music for chamber ensembles from within the orchestra-solos, duos, trios, quintets.

Come join us for a celebration of the rich tapestry of classical music in all its magnificence

On the Wilson Hall Grand Staircase


If you like Carousel, the King and I, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and other Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein favorites, you will want to attend this musical tribute.  Monmouth University’s renowned Concert and
Chamber Choirs and featured soloists are guaranteed to put a spring in your step and have you whistling some of America’s greatest Broadway Musical tunes.

On the Wilson Hall Grand Staircase


Spring Awakening

November 11-13 & 16-20

All shows 8 PM except Sun. matinees at 3 PM

The winner of 8
Tony Awards, including Best Musical – told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater
through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment
Weekly) – Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood
with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark
musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll
that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.