Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Performing Arts Series

The series presents a diverse array of music, dance, theatre, and special attraction events to the community each year. Designed to reflect the cultural diversity of the region, the series encompasses a wide variety of styles performed by world-renowned artists. Entertainers are selected according to whose work goes beyond mere entertainment to address many issues and facets of today’s society.

Performances are often placed in a wider context through educational activities such as pre-performance lectures, master classes, demonstrations, and open rehearsals that expand the overall experience and understanding of the arts. Programs such as these deepen the University’s relationship with its community.

Upcoming Events

Calling All Divas

Jul 11

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Calling All Divas

CALLING ALL DIVAS is a pop, rock, soul, and country hit parade – positively affirming the power of music, friendship, and sisterhood through the journey of Frankie, a struggling, wanna-be hit songwriter, as he scours the city to find the next “Un4gettable” female voice in a desperate plan to save a faltering iconic music nightspot from closing its doors. Along the way, he gloriously finds far more than he could have ever imagined! Academy Award-winning songwriter Franke Previte (Dirty Dancing) and world-renowned live show specialist Michael LaFleur (Disney, Universal, Celine Dion, etc.) have joined forces to deliver this unique, musical celebration of the timeless tunes and talents of Etta James, Carole King, The Pointer Sisters, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, Miley Cyrus, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and many more … as well as original favorites by Previte himself.

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UB40 – NEW DATE!!

Aug 10

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

UB40 – NEW DATE!!

World-famous reggae stars UB40 are set to mark their 40th anniversary with a US tour in support of their first album release in over four years. The band will play many of their seventeen Top 10 hit singles, including Kingston Town, Food For Thought, One In Ten, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, Don’t Break My Heart and Sing Our Own Song and, of course, Red, Red Wine. The concert will feature five of UB40’s six founding members, Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and Tony Mullings.

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Pat Metheny: Side Eye

Sep 10

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Pat Metheny: Side Eye

Pat Metheny is launching a new playing environment called “Side Eye” for this upcoming season.

Pat explains “I wanted to create an ongoing setting to feature a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way.”

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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Nov 2

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Concurrently primitive and futuristic, The Earth Harp incorporates sculpting, architecture and sound design, standing at the crossroads of music and art. The Earth Harp was built and developed by William Close, a New York native and alumni at the Art Institute of Chicago. William performs as part of The Earth Harp Collective – a team of musicians, dancers, aerialists and artists.

Tickets on sale July 1

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