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Cancelled - Met Opera: The Magic Flute (Broadcast in HD)

Dec 12

Cancelled - Met Opera: The Magic Flute (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Due to renovation upgrades in the Pollak Theatre this screening has been cancelled.


Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert

Dec 10

Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert 

Wilson Hall - 7:30 PM

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.


MET OPERA: Lulu (Encore)

Dec 6

MET OPERA: Lulu (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24


Holiday at the Hall

Dec 5

Holiday at the Hall 

Wilson Hall - 7 PM

A New Twist on Our Tradition of Scholarship


Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea - SOLD OUT

Dec 4

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea - SOLD OUT 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Celebrating his 25th year at Monmouth University, the ever lovable and expressive Reverend Alphonse Stevenson returns to conduct the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in a well-established Christmas tradition at Monmouth University. There’s simply no better way to start the holiday season than to spend a special evening with Father Alphonse, his 42-piece orchestra and distinguished vocalists as he provides humorous and personal anecdotes amidst a program of holiday classics and carols. This Christmas tradition is sure to sell out so get your tickets early! 25th Anniversary pre-show reception at 6:30. Reception tickets are $25.


Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels

Dec 3

Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the citites and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style: Paris, New York, and St Petersburg, each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby, and diamond.Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.


MET OPERA: Lulu (Broadcast in HD)

Nov 21

MET OPERA: Lulu (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12:30 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.


One Last Waltz: A Celebration of the music and legacy of The Band.

Nov 20

One Last Waltz: A Celebration of the music and legacy of The Band. 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Glen Burtnik, Salvatore Boyd, Bob Burger & Arne Wendt, performing as The Band, will be joined by local and national talent to recreate not only the music but the celebration, camaraderie and talent that took over the stage November 25 back in 1976.


December Senior Show

Nov 20-Dec 4

December Senior Show 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design, Animation or Fine Art.

Free Event


ART NOW: Coco Fusco- Observations of Predation in Humans, A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist

Nov 18

ART NOW: Coco Fusco- Observations of Predation in Humans, A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

The Chimp psychologist from Plant of the Apes is back! Zira travelled back in time to visit us 20 years ago and narrowly escaped death at the hands of the paranoid humans who could not tolerate the idea of other primates as equals. After living in seclusion for 20 years and conducting ethological studies of our species from her hideout, she has emerged in order to share her findings relating to aggressive behavior in members of the home genus. Her lecture is introduced by esteemed posthuman cultural theorist Donna Haraway and is followed by a question and answer session with human audience members. Dr. Zira draws on the cutting edge research in the fields of neuroscience, primatology and evolutionary biology to interpret the predatory activities of human beings in postindustrial societies around the world.

Free Event


SOLD OUT - A Celebration of Bruce Springsteen's The River, The Ties That Bind Preview Screening

Nov 17

SOLD OUT - A Celebration of Bruce Springsteen's The River, The Ties That Bind Preview Screening 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Please note this event is SOLD OUT! The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, along with Monmouth University and Backstreets.com announce a special event to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of The River and the forthcoming release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set.


Visiting Writer: Ed Hirsch

Nov 17

Visiting Writer: Ed Hirsch 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work, and Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy that The New Yorker called “a masterpiece of sorrow.” He has also written five prose books, among them A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a complete compendium of poetic terms, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years. He now serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Free Event


MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore)

Nov 15

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24


HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS

Nov 14

HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Hugh Masekela, a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice, combines his talents with powerhouse pianist Larry Willis for a show of epic proportions. These two giants of the jazz world put on a one-of-a-kind show together, after decades of cultivating careers apart. Willis and Masekela met while they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison. At the same time, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch these two jazz legends (and dear friends) perform together.


Madeleine Peyroux

Nov 13

Madeleine Peyroux 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a repeat collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock) The result is a sophisticated album that rather than just ‘crossing over’, seamlessly fuses musical styles together to create an entirely new sound. Peyroux has come a long way from the streets of Paris to the word’s grandest concert halls and collaborating with the some of the world’s finest musicians. Still, where other artists might rest on their laurels and bask in the glory of countless gushing reviews, Peyroux continues to fearlessly explore new territories.