Monday, April 10, 2023

Free Concert @ WPU: Blind Visionaries









APRIL 12, 7:00 PM


Daniel Kelly is a prolific composer, pianist, and tireless musical explorer. He has an uncanny ear for music and storytelling and his deep sense of empathy and humanity make for performances that leave audiences uplifted and curious for more. He created Blind Visionaries because of his passion for the stunning images made by the blind and visually impaired photographers of The Seeing With Photography Collective at the Center for the Blind in Manhattan. Inspired by these incredible photos and the fascinating process of “light painting” used to create them, Kelly composed music that captures and amplifies the emotional quality of the photos.

He created different films that are projected onto the screen during the performance. Viewers are immersed in the stunning visual world of The Seeing with Photography Collective. Audience members also get to hear from the artists themselves as artist interviews are interwoven in the video presentation.  


Works from The Seeing with Photography Collective are on display in the Shea Center lobby until April 12.


 *Audio description will be integrated into the show. Large Print programs are available upon request. If you have any questions, please contact the Shea Center Box Office at 973.720.2371 or


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free and open to the public






This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 







APRIL 14, 8:00 PM


John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is with a zest for detail, like no other. From the look to the falsetto, you will close your eyes and say its Barry! John Acosta's Bee Gees Gold tribute is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN! With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry), Daryll Borges (Robin), Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb, there is a sensation that will make you say, "WOW!" Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60's to the late 70's, with their unique falsettos that made them legends. Performing such early hits as "Massachusetts," "I Started a Joke," to the later Disco classics, "Stayin' Alive," you will be dancing the night away!


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Orchestra $50 • Loge $46







APRIL 16, 3:00 PM*


Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master — the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.  


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra & Front Loge $55 •

Rear Loge $45


*This concert is preceded by a Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist session one hour prior to the performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.







APRIL 22, 8:00 PM


Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses are a boisterous, horn-driven, 10-piece New Orleans-style band known for their energetic performances that raise the roof and bring audiences to their feet. Their eclectic and rowdy style crosses several genres, from big band and swing to rock and blues, combining original music from their two albums with tail-shakin’ and foot stompin’ favorites from the five-decade career of Louis Prima Sr. With the band’s collective talents and diverse musical tastes, their shows have a sound that is unique while staying true to the vintage Prima style.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $50 • Orchestra & Front Loge $45 • Rear Loge $37


WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens are eligible for a 10% discount by visiting the box office in person. 15% off for groups of 15 or more.






APRIL 30, 8:00 PM


Top Of The World is the world’s premier tribute to The Carpenters! Fronted by singer Debbie Taylor, her Karen Carpenter vocal resemblance is absolutely astonishing. She is backed by a seven-piece band consisting of top-notch, professional industry musicians to recreate the incredibly complex arrangements created by Richard Carpenter. No doubt, you will be singing along as they perform hits like; “Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”, “Please Mr. Postman” and “Yesterday Once More”, to name a few. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters greatest hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $45 • Loge $40


10% off for WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens by calling or visiting the box office. Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.





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Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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