Upcoming Events

Hugh Masekela

Nov 14

Hugh Masekela 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela best known for his 1968 Grammy-nominated hit single, Grazing in the Grass has been a defining force in world music, the preservation of South Africa’s musical heritage, the safety and well-being of it’s poorest citizens as well as the struggle for freedom and human rights both in Africa, and around the world. Masekela was deeply affected by his life experiences growing up in South Africa in the harsh political climate of South Africa during the 1950s and 1960s and his music portrays the struggles and joys of living in South Africa, and voices protest against slavery and discrimination. Masekela has collaborated with numerous artists including Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. Together they will be joined on stage by both local and national talent. Recreating not only the music but the celebration, camaraderie and talent that took over the stage November 25th back in 1976. The Band's style of writing and music has influenced so many artists, bands and songwriters, from the Grateful Dead and The Beatles to Elvis Costello and Pink Floyd to our own local artists, throughout the years and continue to do so. This cast will bring you to your feet and take you back in time. A wise man once said it’s better to burn out than fade away, and on Thanksgiving Day of 1976, one of the best live acts of the rock era went out in a blaze of glory.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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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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.


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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