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December 2021
Journey
Dec 2, 2021 - Jan 27, 2022
8 AM Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Journey

In recognition of their 50th Anniversary, Monmouth Arts is reflecting on their journey over the past half-century as well as where they’re headed. The Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Monmouth Arts to present the group show, Journey, an exhibition of works by Monmouth Arts members that express “Journey” as it relates to each artist’s experience.

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January 2022
Monmouth University Center for the Arts Studio Sessions – Episode #1: Pat Guadagno and Friends
Jan 14 - Feb 11, 2022
1/14 at 8 PM1/28 at 8 PM2/11 at 8 PM Virtual

Performing Arts Series

Monmouth University Center for the Arts Studio Sessions – Episode #1: Pat Guadagno and Friends

Tickets on sale 1/7/22 at 10 AM. Monmouth University Center for the Arts brings you its first-ever episode of Studio Sessions, recorded live concerts featuring some of your favorite singers, songwriters and musicians from the Jersey Shore and beyond! The first episode features Pat Guadagno & Friends – Dean Friedman, Sloan Wainwright and Joseph Alton Miller. Each artist performs in the round in the intimate setting of the studio at 10PRL in Long Branch.

Available to stream: Jan. 14, Jan. 28, and Feb. 11

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The Music of Stevie Wonder
Jan 27 - Feb 10, 2022
1/27 at 7:30 PM2/3 at 7:30 PM2/10 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

The Music of Stevie Wonder

This three-session virtual course taught by Kit O’Toole, traces the artistic development from his earliest days through his 1970s “classic period” and beyond. In addition, the class explores the chief influences on his distinctive style such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Tonto’s Exploding Head Band. Finally, Wonder’s vast impact on music will be studied through his influence on other artists.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Jan. 27, Feb. 3, and Feb. 10 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Rigoletto
Sat Jan 29, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Rigoletto

Tony Award­–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.

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February 2022
Shoplifters Virtual Panel Discussion
Wed Feb 9, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

World Cinema Series

Shoplifters Virtual Panel Discussion

Join us for a World Cinema Series zoom discussion illuminating the theme “Living on the Edge: Displacement, Identity, and Resilience” by analyzing the message and impact of the 2018 film, Shoplifters. Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed, written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Lily Franky and Sakura Ando, it is about a family that relies on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty.

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Encore Presentation
Sat Feb 12, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Encore Presentation

Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the second opera from the six-time Grammy Award–winning and Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer—who is also known for scoring Spike Lee films—makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. Blanchard’s groundbreaking masterpiece weaves together jazz, gospel, and classical styles to tell a powerful story of resilience and self-discovery. The critically acclaimed production, which also features standout choreography by Camille A. Brown, including a show-stopping step dance in Act III, stars an exceptional cast including baritone Will Liverman and sopranos Angel Blue and Latonia Moore. Don’t miss the landmark production—hailed as “a watershed moment for American opera” by The Washington Post

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Jewels
Sun Feb 13, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Jewels

Emeralds for the elegance and sophistication of Paris, rubies for the speed and modernity of New York, and diamonds for an imperial St. Petersburg. Three sparkling scenes accompanied by the music of three essential composers, feature the styles of the three dance schools that have contributed to making George Balanchine a legend of modern ballet.

This glamorous triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and created as an homage to the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg that made a vital impact on the revered choreographer’s career.

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Tuesday Night Record Club: Prince, Sign o’ the Times
Tue Feb 15, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: Prince, Sign o’ the Times

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 Prince’s Sign o’ the Times.

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History of Slavery in New Jersey
Feb 17 - Mar 3, 2022
2/17 at 7:30 PM2/24 at 7:30 PM3/3 at 7:30 PM

Adult Education Series

History of Slavery in New Jersey

This three-session virtual course taught by Rick Geffken will cover the period of historic New Jersey slavery starting in the 1620s to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865. Attendees will learn that New Jersey was the last northern state to agree to abolish slavery once and for all, after many furtive attempts. The course will highlight the enslavement of African Americans and Lenape Native Americans in Monmouth County. Runaway slave ads in newspapers, maps, and images of the enslaved and slaveholders will illustrate how endemic and important slavery was to the growth of the Garden State. Stories gathered from contemporary descendants of enslaved people will provide insight into a vital part of American history only now coming to public attention. Attendees will be introduced to the work of many scholars who have studied and published books on slavery in New Jersey.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Feb. 17, Feb. 24, and Mar. 3 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Maverick Modigliani
Fri Feb 18, 2022
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Great Art on Screen

Maverick Modigliani

Maverick Modigliani features the story of Amedeo Modigliani, a remarkable talent that transcended stereotypes. From his origins in Livorno, Italy to the Paris of Picasso and Brancusi that became the center of modernity, to his love for his wife and frequent subject of his portraits Jeanne Hébuterne, the film depicts the life and work of an avant-garde artist who has become a contemporary classic.  

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Toni Morrison, Beloved
Tue Feb 22, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Toni Morrison, Beloved

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 Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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March 2022
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
Sat Mar 5, 2022
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time GRAMMY®- nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is one of the premier interpreters of American standards. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting, Feinstein is an all-star force in American music.

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For Sama Virtual Discussion
Wed Mar 9, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

World Cinema Series

For Sama Virtual Discussion

Join us for a World Cinema Series zoom discussion illuminating the theme “Living on the Edge: Displacement, Identity, and Resilience” by analyzing the message and impact of the For Sama (Syria, 2019).
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

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Writing Memoir (Advanced)
Mar 10 - 24, 2022
3/10 at 7:30 PM3/17 at 7:30 PM3/24 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Writing Memoir (Advanced)

This three-session virtual course taught by Mike Farragher (88) builds on the wildly popular Intro to Memoir Writing workshops with an emphasis on character development, dialogue, and scene setting that will make any story a page turner. Practical lessons are interspersed with writing prompts to get the creativity going during this 3 week course. No prior writing experience needed and all levels welcome!

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Mar. 10, Mar. 17, and Mar. 24 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Ariadne auf Naxos
Sat Mar 12, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Ariadne auf Naxos

Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.

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Tuesday Night Record Club: Carole King, Tapestry
Tue Mar 15, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: Carole King, Tapestry

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 Carole King’s Tapestry.

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Swan Lake
Sun Mar 20, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake

Lured to the banks of a mysterious lake by his alter-ego, the Evil Genius, Prince Siegfried encounters the most beautiful swan Odette and swears his love to her. At the castle, prospective brides try to entertain the distracted Prince, but it is the ravishing swan Odile who threatens the promise Siegfried made to Odette. The legend of the enigmatic swan-woman set to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of a score is ballet’s most beloved production in the classical canon. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake exemplifies the dramatic tension and heart-stopping beauty of motion with prima ballerina Olga Smirnova leading the cast, as sensational as the black swan as she is poignant as white swan.

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Patti Smith, Just Kids
Tue Mar 22, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Patti Smith, Just Kids

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 Patti Smith, Just Kids. 

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Napoleon: In the Name of Art
Fri Mar 25, 2022
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Great Art on Screen

Napoleon: In the Name of Art

Marking the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, the documentary Napoleon: In the Name of Art explores the complex relationship between Napoleon, culture and art. Host Jeremy Irons brings audiences on a tour from Milan to Paris for a look at Napoleon’s imperial iconography and architectural style and to reflect on the relationship between power and art.

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Don Carlos
Sat Mar 26, 2022
12 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Don Carlos

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi’s masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.

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