Spring 2024 Events

Events to Make You Dance, Sing... and Think

Every year, the NJCU Center for the Arts brings you a wide range of performances to entertain and inform. This spring is no different. Check out our list of offerings from March to May.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rainbow colored text reading Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Saturday April 6, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Friday April 12, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 13, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday April 14, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an award winning musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice that reimagines the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his eleven siblings and the coat of many colors.

For more information about the play, please visit our Theatre & Dance page.

Symphony of Winds and Percussion

group shot of symphony, winds, and percussion team with their instruments in hand

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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The NJCU Symphony of Winds and Percussion, directed by Patrick J. Burns, will present "Foundations", a concert series of classic and modern music for wind band, at Kearny High School and on campus at Margaret Williams Theatre. The program will feature Clifton Williams' Symphonic Suite (1956), one of the most important works written for band during its time. The program will also include Patrick Burns' Benediction (2021), Richard Franko Goldman's Foundation March(1959), Dayla Spencer's Reflect As We Walk (2022), William Owens' Quicksilver Galop (2018), and Alfred Reed's epic work, To Rejoice in the Beauty of Peace (1983).


This group will also be performing at Kearny High School on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Into the Wiild

man sitting on stairs staring off into the distance

Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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Into The Wiild is a musical conversation between, black joy & pain, love, trauma, and the multidisciplinary musician, Cliff Notez, using hip hop, soul folk, blues, and much more, Cliff engages the audience in an ongoing conversation about the inner wiildness of the black existence, questioning what "wiild" is to begin with.

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Cliff Notez Biography

Prolific collaborator and award-winning multimedia artist Cliff Notez seamlessly manifests a mix of hip hop, jazz, folk, soul and R&B that's been likened to "Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, blended with the paranoia of Radiohead's Kid A."

Their music reveals the repercussions of trauma, exposes the realities of the Black experience, and shares an intimate journey toward healing. Heavy lyrical themes are often juxtaposed with uplifting sounds: bright horns, sparkling keys, snappy percussion, and glowing guitar riffs. Cliff's art is the perfect visual accompaniment for all of these themes, creating work that is both emotionally challenging while layered with colorful, playful imagery. 

Passionate about social justice and amplifying Black stories, Cliff Notez has worked hard to give back to their local community and to lobby for inclusion. Currently an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music and Tufts University-- and having previously taught at Harvard, MIT, Emerson, and Northeastern University-- Notez shares their industry experitise in college classrooms teaching classes ranigng from Song-Writing to Film-Making.

As the founder of the digital media company HipStory, Cliff Notez brought hip-hop to one of the largest art museums in the world. Their programming for the Late Nite series at the Museum of Fine Arts created an opportunity for rappers to perform at one of Boston's most prestigious institutions--giving the genre access to cultural conversations it is often left out of. 

Unity Ensemble, Reunion Concert

9 ensemble members standing in a v formation with a drum in the middle

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Ingalls Recital Hall located in Rossey Hall, Room 101

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Unity Ensemble is a vocal group dedicated to the performance of choral music from the African and African-American genres. Founded and directed by Dr. Maredia Warren, the Ensemble is recognized for its versatile and spirited repertoire which includes a wide range of styles including contemporary gospel music, arranged spirituals, spirituals from the oral traditions, and vocal jazz. The Unity Ensemble is especially recognized for its performance of traditional music from Southern Africa.

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Dr. Maredia WarrenDirector of the Unity Ensemble, is a Professor of Music Education in the Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre at New Jersey City University.  An active choral director and clinician at the national and state levels, she has conducted several honor choruses including the New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus, the New Jersey All-State Women’s Chorus, the Massachusetts ACDA Women’s Honor Choir, the All Cape and Islands Honor Chorus, and numerous Regional and County Choruses. Dr. Warren’s international choral and music education activities have included performing tours, study, and workshops in West Africa, South Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, and Europe. She is an active member of NAFME, ACDA, OAKE, and AOSA. 

 Jazz Big Band

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Monday, April 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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The NJCU Jazz Ensemble welcomes you to an exciting evening of Big Band music for listeners of all ages! The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble built by NJCU’s own jazz department, and will also feature our special guest, NJCU Alumnus (’03), and one of today’s most in-demand trumpeters, Freddie Hendrix. The music will span the full history of jazz and showcase music from the great groups of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and many more. Under the direction of Nathan Eklund, the ensemble will deliver a powerful, dynamic evening you won’t forget!

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Freddie Hendrix Biography:

Over the past two decades, the 3-time Grammy-winning, dynamic jazz trumpeter Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in-demand trumpeters in jazz and beyond. Also an accomplished composer and educator, the Teaneck, NJ native’s skill and versatility have resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that include 3 Dizzy Gillespie Ensembles, the Christian McBride Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Billy Harper Quintet, the Baylor Project, 2 Elio Villafranca Projects, Fred Wesley and the JB’s, the late great Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys amongst countless others. 

Freddie Hendrix is a graduate of the esteemed Jazz programs at William Paterson University and New Jersey City University. Obtaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Jazz Studies and Performance, Hendrix also shares his knowledge and passion for music as an educator. Currently, he serves on occasion as a guest artist/clinician for Melissa Walker’s Jazz House Kids Jazz Program in Montclair, NJ, and substitute Ensemble Instructor at William Paterson University. Former professorship positions have been served on the faculty for the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, CT, The New School in NYC, Princeton University, and Hanzehoge School Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands. 

Freddie Hendrix’s expertise as a performer extends over 50 countries. He has a discography of over 100 recordings as a sideman, 2 live performances for former President Barack Obama at The White House in Washington, DC, and is well documented on multiple televised productions for the PBS, ABC, and CBS television corporations. 

Whether leading his own groups or lending his talents as a lead or section player in much larger ensembles, Freddie Hendrix continues to flourish as one of the most exciting trumpet voices on the music scene. 

Multi-Style Strings X-Travaganza


Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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Join us for a Multi-Style/Multi-Media String X-Travaganza: Cloud Stories & other Extra Natural Phenomena with special guest Edmar Castañeda!

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Edmar Castañeda nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category "Best Latin Jazz Album" with his album Family. Colombian-born Edmar Castañeda has made a name for himself as the preeminent jazz harp virtuoso. Castañeda brings forth a brilliance that beautifully merges the jazz tradition with a diverse set of styles and genres while bringing unbridled attention to a somewhat unfamiliar instrument: the harp. Singlehandedly, Castañeda has cemented the harp’s place in jazz with innovative technique and heartfelt creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations with music titans such as Sting, Wynton Marsalis, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Ricki Lee Jones, Hiromi, Pedrito Martinez, Marcus Miller, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ivan Lins, The Yellowjackets, Paco De Lucia, and Paquito D’Rivera.

Spirit of Life Ensemble

Spirit of Life Ensemble with special guests in each of the bottom corners

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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This multi-dimensional Ensemble was founded by percussionist David-Daoud Williams. The Ensemble is heavily grounded in the innovated jazz loft scene of the 1970s. Their sound is Jazz with a world beat! Paying homage to the all-important African roots ofJazz, the Ensemble has had many collaborations with Jazz legends; such as Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas Lonnie Liston Smith, Rosana Vitro (former NJCU Professor,) Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Jann Parker, Eddie Jefferson, Ted Curson, & Joe Lee Wilson to name a few. The Ensemble also has long European connection performing regularly in the cultural scenes of Paris, Berlin, Pori, Finland, etc. Including many international partnerships with great musician worldwide.  Spirit of Life Ensemble performed as the Monday Night Big Band at “Sweet Baxil Jazz Club” (1995 – 2001) a renowned New York City music maca. This performance is presented as part of the NJCU residency of the master visual artist and former NJCU Professor & Emeritus Ben Jones. 



Michael Cochrane - Piano; Michael Logan - Bass; Sipho Kunene - Drums; Rob Henke - Trumpet & Music Director; Carlos Francis - Trumpet; TK Blue - Alto Sax; David Robinson - Tenor Sax; Chip Shelton - Sax/Flute; Cornell McGhee - Trombone;    Nate Bloom -Guitar; Dennis Cruz -Congas; Sam Oliver - Percussions; Daoud-David Williams - Percussions/Bandleader; Tony Goodson -Percussion; Antionette Montague -Vocals; Rashad Wright - Spoken Word

A Spring Choral Concert

Chorale Students and Conductor preparing to sing

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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The Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance and Theatre presents "A Spring Choral Concert" featuring the NJCU Concert Chorale directed by Dr. Robert Prowse. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm in the Margaret Williams Theatre on NJCU's Main Campus. The featured work will be Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem", performed with orchestra. Fauré's Requiem contains some of his most beautiful and comforting music. It is a favorite of choirs and audiences around the world. The choir will also perform music by Randal Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, and A.R. Rahman. 

Operetta Iolanthe

four opera singers reading lines

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Rossey Hall, Room 105

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The Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre presents the operetta "Iolanthe" with words by W.S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan. Performances will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 pm in Rossey Hall 105. Directed by Dr. Robert Prowse, the cast includes current music majors and NJCU alumni, accompanied by orchestra.

"Iolanthe", sung in English, is a comic tale of Fairies and Nobles vying for power in Victorian England. The story centers around Iolanthe, a fairy who has been banished for marrying a mortal, her son Strephon, who is half fairy and half mortal, his fiancée Phyllis, and her guardian, the Lord Chancellor of England. As in all Gilbert and Sullivan operas, there are lots of absurd situations and plot twists and, of course, a happy ending.

Pop R'n'B

singer belting out front and center with base and percussion in the background

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret Williams Theatre

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The Pop R’n’B Ensemble is the creation of the NJCU Music Business program. It is dedicated to performing classic “pop” with a focus on rhythm & blues music from the pens of 20th-century tunesmiths whose work ruled the airwaves from the 1960s to the present day.