Wednesday, March 2, 2022

This Week's News From MPAC: Women's History Month Programs and More Upcoming Events



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March is Women's History Month, and we're excited to feature two new programs that highlight groundbreaking women in music!



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Women In Hip Hop: From the Mic to the Boardroom


TONIGHT! Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 pm




Wes Jackson, educator, producer and entrepreneur, returns to MPAC with a new virtual presentation highlighting the journey of women in hip hop. 

From Sha Rock to Megan Thee Stallion, and Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records) to Desiree Perez (CEO of Roc Nation), women have mastered the ability to hold and wield power from both the artistic and business side of this global billion-dollar industry. This virtual Zoom lecture will be followed by Q&A.  

Wes Jackson has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in the entertainment business. He helped launch the careers of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Talib Kweli, El-P (Run The Jewels), Common, and others. In 2005 Wes founded the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with the mission to create a world class event to honor Hip-Hop music and culture. He is currently a Senior Executive In Residence and Director of the Business of Creative Enterprise Program at Emerson College.




The Queen Of Soul: A Tribute To Aretha Franklin at MPAC



The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin


Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 pm




Aretha Franklin is recognized as the most successful female recording artist in history. Musician, vocalist, and composer Damien Sneed pays homage to the Queen of Soul with fresh renditions of her most cherished hits. Backed by an accomplished cast of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists, Damien Sneed’s multi-media tribute will be a tender and spiritual reflection upon the life of an iconic industry titan.

Joining the tour will be four-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and multiple Stellar and GMA Dove Award winner Karen Clark Sheard.  A gospel music legend and a part of a musical dynasty, Clark Sheard is renowned throughout the music industry for her signature, one-of-a-kind multi-octave vocal range and ability. Her musical style with the legendary Clark Sisters and as a solo artist has inspired a host of today’s brightest pop divas including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, and Faith Evans, among countless others.









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The National Dance Company of Ireland: Rhythm of The Dance


Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm


NEW! The 7:00 pm performance will be livestreamed for patrons to enjoy from home. 

In-Person Tickets: $29 - $59




Celebrate all things Irish in this all-new, high-energy production featuring award-winning step dancers, musicians and vocalists who bring to life the vibrant spirit of the Emerald Isle.







Membership Month Special Offer




March is Membership Month! Join now or upgrade your current membership to the Champion level or higher and receive two complimentary tickets* to a select performance during the month of March.

MPAC is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that relies on donations to help bridge the gap between ticket sales and operating costs to bring world-class performances, education programs and special events to our community. Members receive presale access to new shows, exchange privileges, special offers and more!

*Restrictions: Select performances only. $300 members and higher.  Member tickets for some events limited.  Offer may not be redeemed on previously purchased tickets; previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged against this offer.  No Refunds.  No Substitutions.








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NJ Ballet's Don Quixote


This Saturday, March 5, at 8:00 pm




In 2011, New Jersey Ballet’s premiere of Don Quixote made its way onto the Star-Ledger’s prestigious Top Ten Dance events of the year. Based on the book by Miguel de Cervantes, the ballet takes a closer look at one of the many adventures Don Quixote goes on. “It is a tale rich in Spanish color, flavor, and laugh-out-loud humor.”

Don Quixote was chosen by the Company’s Founder Carolyn Clark in 2011 to expand the Company’s full-length repertory. She saw this as an opportunity to present “a joyous ballet with outstanding choreography by Gorsky; a delightful spectacle popular with audiences. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for the Company to present another full-length ballet available to the people of New Jersey.”

New Jersey Ballet looks forward to starting its Spring Season with a production that puts a smile on everyone’s face. The Company looks forward to seeing you at the performance where you will experience the charm of this full-length classic and bravura dancing by New Jersey Ballet’s world-class dancers.






MPAC Event Guidelines


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MPAC is thrilled to be presenting full capacity performances. Your health and safety is paramount to us, and we have made many updates to our facility and procedures. 

All MPAC patrons ages 12+ attending a performance are required to show proof of full vaccination, or a recent negative COVID-19 test.  As of March 1, MPAC will no longer require patrons to wear masks, but you are strongly encouraged to do so during your visit. Learn more in our Welcome Guide!





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