The College of the Arts Season Schedule

John J. Cali School of Music

Kaleidoscope 2017

October 13 & 14

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Kaleidoscope is a 90-minute non-stop 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, Symphony Orchestra; Shanghai Quartet, Heimat Quartet, with chamber and solo artists.

John J. Cali School of Music | Department of Theatre & Dance

CARRIE The Musical

October 20 – 28

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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling thriller of the same name, the cult musical CARRIE tells the story of a misfit high school senior who discovers she has telekinetic powers.

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MSU Symphony Orchestra

October 28

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra performs Copland’s An Outdoor Overture, Torke’s Bright Blue Music, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

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MSU Wind Symphony & MSU Singers

October 29

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MSU Singers perform traditional choral favorites by Josef Rheinberger, W.A. Mozart, and George Frideric Handel juxtaposed with contemporary gems by Ben Parry and Paul Jarman. The MSU Wind Symphony performs music by Percy Grainger, James David, and Leonard Bernstein.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Twelfth Night

November 9 – 12

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“If music be the food of love, play on…” Lovers and fools — all of them misguided, mismatched and misunderstood — tangle in Shakespeare’s song-filled comedy, Twelfth Night.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Works A Foot 2017

November 30 – December 3

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Works A Foot 2017 features vintage and contemporary works by guest choreographers including Remy Charlip, Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro, and by Montclair State University dance faculty including Jessica DiMauro, Elizabeth McPherson, Earl Mosley, Maxine Steinman, and Christian von Howard.

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MSU Symphonic Band & MSU Campus Band

December 1

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Please join two of Montclair State’s concert bands for an exciting and inspiring evening of winds, brass, and percussion for an eclectic, entertaining evening of music making.

MSU Singers & MSU Chorale

April 28

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The MSU Singers perform excerpts from the Mozart Requiem and contemporary choral octavos. The MSU Chorale will perform the New Jersey Premiere performance of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest with guest soloists, children’s choir and instrumental artists. Jubilate Deo celebrates the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” by setting it in seven different languages (Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, English) and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences.

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MSU Jazz Ensemble

April 29

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Guest composer and saxophonist David Bixler performs his works with the MSU Jazz Ensemble. The Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University and noted Cali School alumnus, Bixler has released numerous recordings featuring his own compositions, including his Grammy nominated collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill, and his latest “Auction Project” recording of 2014 entitled Slink.

John J. Cali School of Music | Department of Theatre and Dance

Company

December 6 — 10

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A 1970 Broadway sensation, Company explores the trials and tribulations of modern love as seen through the eyes of musical theatre’s most beloved commitment-phobe, Bobby. With music and lyrics by celebrated composer Stephen Sondheim, Company delves into relationships through a series of vignettes with the wry and clever insight that made the American songsmith famous.

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Matzukaze

December 7 — 10

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A young monk traveling through a seaside town encounters the bewitching ghosts of two lovelorn sisters. A servant forbidden to visit her sick mother expresses her sadness as a wind tosses cherry blossoms to the ground. Experimental director Mercedes Murphy and an ensemble of Montclair State actors re-interpret Japanese Noh classics Matzukaze with physically charged storytelling.

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MSU Wind Symphony: A River Runs Through It

December 8

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Join the MSU Wind Symphony on a gondola ride through the musical worlds of composers Gustav Holst, O’Neal Douglas, G. F. Handel, Leonard Bernstein, and others.

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MSU Opera Workshop: Crime — And Punishment?

December 9

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MSU Opera Workshop investigates opera’s lens on transgression and retribution in an evening of staged scenes with piano, centered around Benjamin Britten’s searing The Rape of Lucretia.

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Danceworks 2018

April 5 — 8

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Montclair State Dance Majors will premiere a new work by Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Stacey Tookey. Known for her passionate and adventurous dances, Tookey’s work has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars. Tensile Involvement, choreographed in 1953 by Alwin Nikolais, is an early multimedia masterpiece with a brilliant original score, set, costumes and choreography all by the modern dance visionary. Works by Montclair State Dance Faculty Earl Mosley, Kathleen Kelley, and Nancy Lushington will complete the evening.

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New Works Initiative: Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors

April 18 — 22

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A commission from Montclair State’s New Works Initiative, this adventurous new play dives into campus life in two different times (2016, days before the presidential election, and 1976) as two student-formed political action groups attempt to draft by-laws. Conflicts arise as they discover that defining a governing identity within any group requires more than patience; it may just require a miracle. With humor and crackling dialogue, the play tackles what may be today’s biggest question: Is it possible to find common ground when no one seems to be listening?

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MSU Symphonic Band & MSU Campus Band

April 24

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Please join us for an exciting and inspiring evening of music for winds, brass, and percussion presented by two of Montclair State’s concert bands.

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MSU Symphony Orchestra

April 25

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra performs Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah), with mezzo-soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, and Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.

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MSU Wind Symphony: Parks and Recreation

April 27

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The MSU Wind Symphony pays tribute to legendary civil rights icon Rosa Parks with Mark Camphouse’s haunting A Movement for Rosa, and Michael Daugherty’s Rosa Parks Boulevard. The “recreation” portion of the concert includes the music of Mozart, Stravinsky, and Bernstein, and the wonderfully eclectic First Symphony for Band by William Bolcom.

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MSU Singers & MSU Chorale

December 2

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The MSU Singers perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The MSU Chorale will perform the East Coast premiere and chamber orchestration world premiere performance of Appalachian Requiem by Michael Conley with soprano soloist Karen Driscoll and guest instrumental artists. The work addresses the devastating environmental and economic impact strip-mining has had on the people of Appalachia.

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MSU Jazz Ensemble

December 3

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The MSU Jazz Ensemble performs the music of the legendary Thad Jones.

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MSU Symphony Orchestra: Beatrice Memorial Concert 2017

December 10

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The Crawford Concert features Discovery, a newly commissioned work by South Carolina composer Edward Hart, written especially for the Shanghai Quartet and the MSU Symphony Orchestra, as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 and Janáček’s Sinfonietta.

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MSU Opera: The Rape of Lucretia

January 27 — 28

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In the corridors of power, jealousy and ambition lead to sexual violence and a suicide. Where is meaning in a world where crimes like these go unpunished? In collaboration with the MSU Symphony under the baton of the distinguished Maestro Markand Thakar, MSU Opera explores these questions in a fully staged production of Britten’s transcendent 2-act chamber opera. Sung in the original English.

John J. Cali School of Music | Department of Theatre and Dance

A White House Cantata

February 1 — 4

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A concert presentation of master composer’s Leonard Bernstein’s 1976 musical, 1600 Pensylvania Avenue, White House Cantata features beloved songs that embrace the gamut of styles from anthems, blues, drinking songs, Dixieland, jazz, hymns, marches and a cappella barbershop harmonies. The New York Times calls the work “quintessentially American.”

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MSU Symphony Orchestra

February 7

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra performs Dvořák’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra, with visiting artist and faculty member Michael Ludwig, Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

John J. Cali School of Music | Department of Theatre and Dance

Anything Goes

February 23 — March 2

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Mishaps and mistaken identities make for musical theatre mayhem on the high seas in this 1936 tap extravaganza. With infectious songs like I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Friendship, It’s De-lovely, Blow Gabriel Blow and Anything Goes you’ll be humming. you’ll be humming in your seat as the award-winning Montclair State Musical Theatre Department dazzles you with dance and delight.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Mad Forest

March 21 — 25

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Mad Forest recounts the days of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. With a daring and contemporary immersive staging, this three-act play explores how an oppressive political regime effects the lives of everyday people and the lengths they will go to fight it.

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In the Red and Brown Water

April 19 — 22

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Fast and spirited Oya is a promising young athlete who is offered a scholarship that could jump-start her future. Forced to choose between her dying mother and her own dreams, she makes a life-changing decision. Oya’s subsequent path to womanhood leads her to a crossroads where she finds herself torn between settling down and just settling.