Upcoming Events

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. Pre-sale with code starts 6/23; General Public on sale 6/26

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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

TICKETS ON SALE SOON Music: Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds) Choreography: George Balanchine 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.


Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 4

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale July 1st. 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!

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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


Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert

Dec 10

Winter Tapestry: A Holiday Concert 

Wilson Hall - 7:30 PM

TICKETS ON SALE JULY 1ST. 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: 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.


William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Jan 23

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Tickets on sale July 1st. 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

TICKETS ON SALE SOON Music: Adolphe Adam Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich 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.


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

Tickets on sale July 1st. 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

Tickets on sale July 1st. 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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