Upcoming Events

Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Dec 4

Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece. With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th‐century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.


Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 5

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

There’s simply no better way to start the holiday season than to spend this special evening with Conductor Father Alphonse Stephenson as he provides humorous and personal anecdotes amidst a program of holiday classics and carols performed flawlessly by his 42-piece orchestra and distinguished vocalists. This well-established Christmas tradition is celebrating its 24th year at Monmouth University. Be sure to get your tickets early for this annual sell out!

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Click, Clack, Moo

Dec 6

Click, Clack, Moo 

Pollak Theatre - 2 PM

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

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Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Encore

Dec 7

Met Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

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National Theatre of London: JOHN

Dec 10

National Theatre of London: JOHN 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching.

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‘TIS THE SEASON A HOLIDAY CONCERT

Dec 11

‘TIS THE SEASON A HOLIDAY CONCERT 

Wilson Hall 104 - 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.

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Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG

Dec 13

Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city.

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Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère

Dec 14

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.


Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW

Jan 17

Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

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Gallery Exhibition: Hon Eui Chen - After the Sun

Jan 20-Mar 7

Gallery Exhibition: Hon Eui Chen - After the Sun 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Born in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodia border, Hon Eui Chen moved to Mississippi at the age of six. Growing up in the American South, while still trying to preserve memories of her childhood in Asia brought up questions about identity that influence her work. The concept of travel and memory are also embedded in her current series of mixed media paintings – layered earthy, dark colored background with graphite drawn trees and foliage and an overlay of concrete. Lecture: January 29, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Wilson Hall Auditorium. Opening Reception: January 29 5:30 - 7 pm

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Gallery Exhibition: Jacob Landau - Selected Paintings from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection

Jan 20-Mar 7

Gallery Exhibition: Jacob Landau - Selected Paintings from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Jacob Landau (1917-2001), printmaker, painter, humanist, and teacher was an artist whose works explored the basic themes of human existence and morality with an insight that was both passionate and indignant. The art he created gained him an impressive reputation, with many of his works included in the permanent collections of the world's finest museums. In 2008, the Jacob Landau Institute donated more than 300 of the artist’s prints, drawings and paintings to Monmouth University. This exhibition will feature approximately 20 original paintings.

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Gallery Exhibition: Heeseop Yoon

Jan 21-Apr 10

Gallery Exhibition: Heeseop Yoon 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 9 AM

Heeseop Yoon studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received her MFA from City University of New York and BFA from Chung-Ang University in Korea. Yoon’s subjects—interiors of junk shops and storage facilities—test the ability of the line to make order out chaos. Working from photographs, Yoon draws her subject matter freehand on sheets of transparent polyester film that are later attached to the gallery wall. She retains her exploratory sketches, her mistakes, and the corrections on each drawing. The lines not only situate the forms in the clutter, they also cross over, search out, and assess the entire scene. Illustrated Lecture: February 5, Wilson Hall Auditorium, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Opening Reception: February 5, from 7 - 9 pm

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National Theatre of London: Treasure Island

Jan 22

National Theatre of London: Treasure Island 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

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Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG Encore

Jan 25

Met Opera: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Jan 29

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.