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John J. Cali School of Music

University Wind Symphony

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Friday, October 28 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley, Conductor
Join the Wind Symphony, with special guests, the University Singers, as they present the first of two performances of composer Rollo Dilworth’s Weather, based on a text by Claudia Rankine. In addition, the Wind Symphony will perform works by composers Nicole Piunno and Carolyn Bremer.

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University Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, October 29 @ 3:00 pm

Kyle Ritenauer, Conductor
Join conductor Kyle Ritenauer and the Symphony Orchestra as they present works from classical and contemporary repertoire.

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University Jazz Ensemble

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, October 29 @ 8:00 pm

Oscar Perez, Director
The Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert of classic and contemporary jazz.

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University Singers and Vocal Accord

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Sunday, October 30 @ 3:00 pm

Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor | Steven W. Ryan, Accompanist
The University Singers and Vocal Accord will present choral octavos from their fall repertory. Alumni guest artist (TBA) will also be featured. The concert concludes with the University Singers’ collaboration with the Wind Symphony in the second of two performances of Rollo Dilworth’s Weather, a new social justice piece based on a text by Claudia Rankine.

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

Pippin

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Friday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, November 12 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm

Book by Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Peter Flynn
What are you willing to give to make your life extraordinary? What if you could have fame and glory handed to you? Pippin explores the journey of one young man who knows he’s meant to be great but knows not what it will cost. This multi-Tony Award winning musical dazzles with exciting choreography and show-stopping songs by the writer/composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz.

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University Symphonic Band and University Campus Band

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Tuesday, November 29 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley and Theodora Sotiropoulos, Conductors
Join the Symphonic Band and the Campus Band as they present an evening of entertaining and eclectic music. The program will include music by composers Carol Brittin Chambers and Elliot Del Borgo.

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University Jazz Ensemble

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Friday, December 2 @ 7:30 pm

Oscar Perez, Director
The Jazz Ensemble is proud to present an exciting concert featuring esteemed members of the Jazz faculty at the Cali School of Music.

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University Singers and University Chorale—Winter Concert

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, December 3 @ 8:00 pm

Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor | Steven W. Ryan, Accompanist
The University Singers proudly present Highlights from Messiah in preparation for their return to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performances under the baton of Maestra Xian Zhang. Join the choir, brass, and percussion for the “Hallelujah Chorus”— Alumni singers welcome onstage.

The University Chorale will perform Psalms for the Symphonic Choir featuring “Richte mich, Gott” (Mendelssohn), “Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks” (Howells), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein), and “Jubilate Deo” from Tres Cantus Laudendi (Wilberg). Guest artists Vincent Carr (organ), Merynda Adams (harp), Taylor Goodson (timpani), plus student brass and percussion. Bernstein soli TBA.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Dance Nation

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Saturday, December 3 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, December 3 @ 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30pm | Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm

by Clare Barron
Directed by Erin Gorski
Somewhere in Harrington, Ohio, a competitive dance team of turbulent 13-year-olds is forging a dance revolution while their older selves look on. Luminous with possibility and ravaged by insecurity, the characters grapple with the rawness and agonizing tenderness of adolescence.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Fall Dance 2022

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00pm

Directed by Kathleen Kelley
Fall Dance 2022 celebrates the creative achievements of all Dance major classes led by our innovative guest artists and faculty. Our seniors shine in guest repertory from the Urban Bush Women company, set by artistic director Samantha Speis. Our faculty share new world premieres: Jessica Dimauro Marks choreographs for our first years, Cameron McKinney for our sophomores, and Christian von Howard for our juniors.

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University Wind Symphony

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley, Conductor
The Wind Symphony presents the world premiere of In It Together by composer Armando Bayolo, featuring the Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet. The program will also feature the music of Nicole Piunno, Carolyn Bremer, and David Biedenbender.

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University Opera Workshop

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, December 10 @ 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm

The Beautiful Bridegroom
Music & Libretto by Dan Shore
Karen Driscoll, director
Come join us for this charming, award-winning comedic chamber opera about a widow who longs to marry again and her ambitious pursuit of a new, much younger husband by retaining the services of the local matchmaker. The matchmaker devises a clever plan–where twists and turns lead up to an unexpected ending for everyone!

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Beatrice Crawford Concert

University Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Kasser Theater
Sunday, December 11 @ 3:00 pm

Kyle Ritenauer, Conductor
For our fifth Crawford Concert offering, the Symphony Orchestra is joined by renowned cellist Seth Parker Woods for an evening of music for cello and orchestra.

Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert: This concert is a free public performance supported by a generous grant from the Keating Crawford Foundation. It is presented at Montclair State University in memory of Beatrice Crawford, a Montclair musician who was the director of two choral groups, “The Madrigals” and “The Choraliers.”

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University Opera with University Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, January 28 @ 8:00 pm | Sunday, January 29 @ 3:00 pm

Gianni Schicchi & Buoso’s Ghost
Music by Giacomo Puccini & Michael Ching
Anna Rebek, Director | Kyle Ritenauer, Conductor

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Everybody

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Thursday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, February 17 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm | Friday February 24 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Tommy Schrider
The ever-inventive Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has penned a timeless and timely riff on the Medieval morality play. It’s a wildly fresh, seriously funny, and deeply human meta-story that asks the big questions about what it means to live, what it means to die (if anything!), and how we might travel through the world with a bit more grace and compassion. Oh, and be a bit better about recycling along the way.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Elephant’s Graveyard

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm | Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, March 2 @ 7:30 pm

by George Brant
Directed by Sonoko Kawahari
When a traveling circus arrived in a muddy Tennessee town in 1916, the hunger for spectacle and the power of hysteria collided and took a tragic turn. Based on a true story, Elephant’s Graveyard recounts why the hanging execution of a gigantic elephant happened, with personal narrative and lush theatricality that will reverberate long after the curtain goes down.

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University Wind Symphony and Clifton High School Wind Ensemble

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Friday, March 17 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley, Conductor
Join the Wind Symphony and their special guests, the Clifton High School Wind Ensemble, as they present a program that will include the music of composers Andrew Blair, Jennifer Jolly, and Omar Thomas. The Wind Symphony will also feature the winner of the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition.

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Choral Showcase #Inspired! University Singers and Guest High School Choirs

Alexander Kasser Theater | Admission by Donation (proceeds to Cali Scholarship Fund)
Saturday, March 18 @ 8:00 pm

Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor | Steven W. Ryan, Accompanist
#Inspired! showcases the choral artistry of two guest HS choirs, the University Singers, and three combined choirs (SSAA, TTBB, SATB) comprising HS and collegiate singers, this concert celebrates the unique and powerful artistic community that is created through choral singing.

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University Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Sunday, March 19 @ 3:00 pm

Kyle Ritenauer, Conductor
Join conductor Kyle Ritenauer and the Symphony Orchestra as they present works from classical and contemporary repertoire.

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University Jazz Ensemble

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Sunday, March 19 @ 7:30 pm

Oscar Perez, Director
Join director Oscar Perez and the Jazz Ensemble as they present an exciting concert of classic and contemporary jazz.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Dance Makers

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, March 25 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, March 25 @ 7:30 pm

Directed by Maxine Steinman
Come see the next generation of dance makers! In this curated dance concert, Montclair State student choreographers bring their individual and distinct creativity to Memorial Auditorium.

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Bright Star

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, March 31 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, April 1 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30 pm | Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30 pm

Music, Book, & Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, & Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Rebecca L. Miller
Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s BRIGHT STAR tells the story of a woman’s harrowing journey to face her past and reckon with her future. With a powerful and graceful score inspired by the pair’s 2013 collaboration bluegrass album, “Love Has Come for You,” this tale of optimism in the face of impossible choices brings us closer to what makes us human—our capacity for closeness and forgiveness.

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On the Town

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, April 15, 2:00 pm | Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm | Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm | Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm | Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by Ashley Rodbro
Three sailors on shore leave in New York City during World War II find romance and adventure in the first Broadway musical written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, with legendary choreography by Jerome Robbins.

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University Symphonic Band and University Campus Band

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Tuesday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley and Theodora Sotiropoulos, Conductors
Join us for a great evening of eclectic and entertaining music-making by both the Symphonic Band and the Campus Band. The program will include the music of composers O’Neal Douglas and Alfred Reed.

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University Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Wednesday, April 26 @ 7:30 pm

Kyle Ritenauer, Conductor
Join conductor Kyle Ritenauer and the Symphony Orchestra as they present works from classical and contemporary repertoire.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Spring Dance 2023

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Thursday, April 27 @ 7:30 pm | Friday April 28 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday April 29 @ 2:00 pm Saturday April 29 @ 7:30 pm | Sunday April 30 @ 2:00 pm

Directed by Christian von Howard
Spring Dance 2023 features the choreographic works of Stefanie Batten Bland, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Manzanales, Maxine Steinman, Christian von Howard, and other guest choreographers.

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University Wind Symphony

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Friday, April 28 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas McCauley, Conductor
The Wind Symphony will present their second world premiere of the year with composer Armando Bayolo’s A History of Violence a new concerto for piano and winds. The program also includes music by composers Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Jolly, Omar Thomas, and Andrew Blair.

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University Singers and Vocal Accord with University Singers Alumni Choir—Spring Concert

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm

Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor; Steven W. Ryan, Accompanist
Please join the University Singers, the Vocal Accord, and the University Singers Alumni Choir as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the choral program under the leadership of Dr. Heather J. Buchanan and her 17-year partnership with collaborative artist Steven W. Ryan.

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University Jazz Ensemble

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Sunday, April 30 @ 3:00 pm

Oscar Perez, Director
Join director Oscar Perez and the Jazz Ensemble as they present an exciting concert of classic and contemporary jazz.

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