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Ramapo College’s Les Paul Concert Attracts Emmy-nominated cellist Zoë Keating

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Zoë Keating

The annual Les Paul Concert at Ramapo College will feature a performance by Emmy-nominated cellist Zoë Keating on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m.

The Concert, generously supported with funding from the Les Paul Foundation, is a collaboration between Ramapo’s Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts and the College’s esteemed music department. Attendees are invited to stay for an intimate post-performance conversation with Keating.

Keating, a composer and performer, uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record and layer sounds to create lush, beautiful yet unclassifiable music. Her performances are unique as she spontaneously improvises around her works, demonstrates how she makes them, and tells the stories behind each piece.

For the past 20 years, Keating has used her DIY approach to compose, produce and independently release her albums, which have sold over 35,000 copies. Keating also composes for TV, theater, film and dance, and most notably, she co-composed the score of the HBO film “Oslo” with Jeff Russo, which earned the pair an Emmy Nomination in 2021.

Ramapo’s Berrie Center is a centerpiece of the College’s School of Contemporary Arts (CA). Students enrolled in CA programs benefit from hands-on learning with artists like Keating and can choose to focus their studies in:

  • Communication Arts (with concentrations in Digital Filmmaking, Global Communication and Media, Journalism and Writing, as well as Visual Communication Design which includes Game Design and Graphic Design)
  • Music (with concentrations in: Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Production, Music Education and Music Studies, and an MFA Program in Creative Music Technology)
  • Theater (with concentrations in: Acting, Directing/Stage Management, Design/Technical Theater, and Theater Studies); and
  • Visual Arts (with concentrations in: Art History, Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Electronic Art and Animation, and Photography)

As a community resource, the Berrie Center hosts a range of performances year-round including compelling student theater productions and musical performances as well as countless talented professional musicians, theater groups, and performance artists. The Center is generously supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Events are open to the public with discounts for children 17 and under, and feature easy access and free parking. For exact event information and to purchase tickets, please visit


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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