Upcoming Events

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 4

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea 

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.

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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

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Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert

Dec 10

Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert 

Wilson Hall - 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale soon. 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.

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Met Opera: The Magic Flute (Broadcast in HD)

Dec 12

Met Opera: The Magic Flute (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 24. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Live in HD series by seeing the groundbreaking broadcast that started it all. Adults and children alike were enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale.

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Holiday Break

Dec 24-Jan 1

Holiday Break 

All Day

University closed


MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Broadcast in HD)

Jan 16

MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.


Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Jan 18

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday 

All Day

University closed


New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition

Jan 19-Mar 11

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

This exhibit will include works by the 2014-15 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship artists in sculpture, crafts and photography categories. The works included in this exhibition are evidence of the outstanding wealth of artistic talent in New Jersey. The Arts Council created the Artist Fellowship Program in 1971. To this day, a fellowship award continues to acknowledge work of the highest artistic excellence as determined by the expert peer review panels in the various disciplines of the visual arts. The Council understands the importance of providing individual artists with funds to pursue the creation of their work and to gain further recognition of their work through public showcases. A Council fellowship brings such recognition and the distinction of receiving a fellowship makes a tremendous impact on an artist’s career.

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Art in Science

Jan 19-Feb 29

Art in Science 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

The 2nd Biannual Art In Science juried exhibition will express and highlight the beauty of science - through images, drawings, and photos of natural forms and visualization of scientific, mathematic, and engineering processes based on the research and coursework of Monmouth University employees, students, and alumni. Images will reveal the elegance of science art in scientific results, observations, and failures.

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SUSAN AMONS: WILD SIDE Maine Monoprints

Jan 19-Mar 11

SUSAN AMONS: WILD SIDE Maine Monoprints 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 9 AM

Susan Amons lives on a rare and beautiful peninsula in southern Maine. The estuary forms the western boundary, and the ocean stretches out to the east. Every day, Susan observes unusual birds and animals living in this preserved pocket of wildlife habitat. Marsh hawks, eagles, ibis, geese, mink, and fisher cats, are some of the species included in her repertoire of study. In late summer, Susan camps in the solitude of the north woods. The lake supports it’s own unique selection of species including; salmon, trout, moose, otter, and loons. Susan loves to sit on a rock in the stream and paint.

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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Jan 23

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective recently pushed the boundaries of the “performance experience” when they finished third on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” The group received massive praise and admiration from fans and all three judges. William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument, The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Featuring the Earth Harp at the center of the group and many other signature instruments designed by Close, William and the Earth Harp Collective is the lat

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Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle ENCORE

Jan 28

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle ENCORE 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemtion through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.

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MET OPERA: Turandot (Broadcast in HD)

Jan 30

MET OPERA: Turandot (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.


Taylor 2

Jan 31

Taylor 2 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Established in 1993, this six-member company brings Paul Taylor’s dances to venues of any size with all the artistry of the world renowned choreographer’s work – representing the wide range of athleticism, humor and emotion found in his work. In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his career. Several of the dances performed by Taylor 2 have been re-worked from the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s version to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them.

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LA Theatreworks: Dracula

Feb 11

LA Theatreworks: Dracula 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

After wowing audiences with their unique live radio theater style in last year’s adaptation of “In the Heat of the Night”, L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Pollak stage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake- setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. Over the years, the story of Dracula has been used as commentary in modern studies of psychology, women’s issues, and colonialism, while never losing its place as one of the greatest horror stories ever told. This gothic horror is a classic for all time and has spawned hundreds of spin-offs in popular culture from Twilight to True Blood.

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