The College of the Arts Season Schedule

John J. Cali School of Music

Kaleidoscope Concert

October 11th - October 12th

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Kaleidoscope is a 90-minute nonstop extravaganza of diverse repertoire celebrating the Cali School’s talented faculty and students. The concerts feature the MSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Chorale, University Singers, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and chamber and solo artists.

School of Music | Department of Theatre and Dance

Urinetown

October 18th - October 25th

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Debuting at the New York Fringe Festival before transferring to Broadway, winner of three Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Musical Score in 2001, this outrageously satirical musical imagines a corporate-dominated society where everyone must pay hefty fees to pee, or suffer their fate at a brutal penal colony called Urinetown.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Symphony Orchestra

October 26th

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Youth Symphony take the stage together in performances of classics of the repertoire, including Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Liszt’s Les Préludes, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, and Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Wind Symphony and MSU Singers

October 27th

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A choral potpourri including selections from Handel’s Messiah — join the University Singers onstage for the Hallelujah Chorus. The MSU Wind Symphony portion of the program will include the music of Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein.

Department of Theatre and Dance

The Rover

November 7th - November 10th

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Aphra Behn’s classic Restoration comedy tells the story of a band of raucous Englishmen and women in Naples during Carnival. Full of intrigue and pointed satire about the contradictions of sexual politics, this play, which premiered in 1677 by England’s first famous female playwright, feels right on time.

School of Music & Department of Theatre and Dance

Reefer Madness

November 14th - November 17th

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Adapted from the 1936 film by the same name, Reefer Madness rose to cult status for its melodramatic portrayal of the dangers of marijuana. A workshop presentation of this over-the-top musical comedy, Reefer Madness is a campy send-up of moralizing from a bygone era.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Symphonic Band and MSU Campus Band

November 19th

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Please join the MSU Symphonic Band and MSU Campus Band as they combine their efforts to present an evening of both new and standard wind band repertoires.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Opera Workshop

November 22nd

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The MSU Opera Workshop presents a sneak preview of scenes from Puccini’s perennial favorite Suor Angelica and Ullmann’s opera from the Theresienstadt ghetto, Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Staged and in costume with piano accompaniment.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Jazz Ensemble

November 24th

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The MSU Jazz Ensemble is pleased to present the music of two of the legends of the American big band genre, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington and William “Count” Basie.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Fall Dance 2019

December 5th - December 8th

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This concert presents world premieres by innovative choreographers Maxine Steinman (junior class), Fredrick Earl Mosley (sophomore class), and Jessica DiMauro Marks (freshman class). Our senior class performs Martha Graham’s classic work Acts of Light.

Department of Theatre and Dance

ANON (YMOUS)

December 5th - December 8th

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Naomi Iizuka’s heart-rending play, based on Homer, follows the struggles of a refugee in search of asylum.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Wind Symphony

December 6th

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Join the MSU Wind Symphony for a program which will include the music of Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tippett, and Jodie Blackshaw, and David Maslanka’s haunting work for cello soloist and winds titled Remember Me.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Symphony Orchestra

December 7th

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra is joined by 2018 Concerto Competition winner Karl Kubiak performing Hummel’s Grand Concerto in F Major for bassoon and orchestra. Also on the program are Zosha DiCastri’s Lineage and Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic swan song, Symphony No. 7.

MSU Singers and MSU Chorale

Considering Matthew Shepard

December 8th

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The musical fabric of this acclaimed new choral passion, Considering Matthew Shepard, comprises contrasting styles ranging from traditional choral music to Broadway musical, country and western, blues/jazz, pop, southern hymnody, and gospel. More than just a timely and poignant memorial for its namesake, it is a meditation on humankind’s predilection for cruelty towards those viewed as different and asks us to stand for love, forgiveness, understanding, and justice. Recognizing the beauty of our underlying oneness with each other, it affirms the redemptive power of love and gratitude.