The College of the Arts Season Schedule

JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

THE FULL MONTY

October 19th - October 27th

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This high-octane comic musical, adapted from the movie of the same name, tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who decide to put on a strip show at a local club. Overcoming insecurity, they decide to wow their audiences by going “full monty.”

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MSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH THE NEW JERSEY YOUTH SYMPHONY

October 27th

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The MSU Symphony collaborates with the New Jersey Youth Symphony for performances of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

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MSU WIND SYMPHONY AND MSU SINGERS

October 28th

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MSU Singers, under the direction of Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, will perform choral favorites and works from the contemporary choral repertoire. The MSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Thomas McCauley, will present David Maslanka’s moving Symphony No. 7.

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WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE

November 8th - November 11th

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South Carolina, 1918: in the wake of World War I, amidst a raging influenza epidemic, two starcrossed lovers (Julia, a black seamstress, and Herman, a white baker) seek to marry in the Jim Crow South. In this “love/hate story in black and white,” no one seems to escape the influence of systemic racism. Written in 1962, Wedding Band has never felt more relevant.

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Works-A-Foot 2018

November 15th - November 18th

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Montclair State Dance Division’s first concert of the year features choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones. His D-Man in the Waters, set to Mendelssohn’s Octet in E Flat Major, was created in 1989 in honor of dancer Demian Acquavella, who died of AIDS. Abby Zbikowski, recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, will set a new work featuring her raw and hard-hitting style on Montclair State dance majors.

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MSU SYMPHONIC BAND AND MSU CAMPUS BAND

November 30th

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Join the MSU Symphonic Band, directed by Shelley Axelson, and the MSU Campus Band, directed by Theodora Sotiropoulos, for an exciting and eclectic evening of music making.

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MSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

December 1st

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra performs Ting Ho’s composition Phoenix Rising in honor of his retirement as composition professor at the Cali School; Derek Bermel’s Soul Garden for Viola and String Orchestra, with Kathryn Lockwood; and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ).

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MSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE

December 3rd

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The MSU Jazz Ensemble presents the music of composer and arranger Bob Florence, an artist who had few peers in the genre. Well-known in Hollywood as a composer for television, Florence eventually emerged as one of the leading voices in contemporary jazz ensemble writing, and earned fifteen Grammy nominations with his band Limited Edition, finally garnering the coveted award for his 2000 release, Serendipity 18.

JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

December 5th - December 9th

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This ultimate musical ‘whodunit’ is a madcap romp through an English music hall company’s version of Dickens’ great unfinished novel. A rollicking comedy of murder, intrigue, hidden identity, dangerous attraction, and the hunger every actor has to be at center stage, this rule-breaking show allows the audience to choose the story’s outcome at every performance!

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND

December 6th - December 9th

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Blackmail, scandal, and romantic intrigue threaten the domestic tranquility of an ambitious politician in Oscar Wilde’s 1895 social satire. A masterful blend of wit and high stakes drama, An Ideal Husband feels remarkably contemporary as it examines the corrupt sources of great wealth and the influence of money on political power.

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MSU OPERA WORKSHOP: QUESTA MORTE È MIA VENDETTA! SCENES FROM HANDEL’S TAMERLANO

December 7th - December 9th

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Can suicide really restore a man’s honor? In an evening of excerpts from one of G.F. Handel’s most captivating dramas, MSU Opera Workshop examines the concept of honor and its connections to power, sexuality, and family relations. Semi-staged with piano accompaniment.

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MSU SINGERS, MSU CHORALE, AND MSU BRASS ENSEMBLES: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

December 8th

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Join the MSU Singers onstage for the Hallelujah Chorus and revel in the exuberance and lavish praise of John Rutter’s Gloria. Featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Gloria, and others. With organist Andrew Van Varick, percussionist Taylor Goodson, and the MSU Brass Ensemble. Other brass ensembles will perform works of the season.

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MSU WIND SYMPHONY: BRASS MENAGERIE

December 9th

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The 2018 Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert will feature the MSU Wind Symphony and very special guest, the Monarch Brass, a nationally recognized ensemble whose members are outstanding female brass players from America’s top symphony orchestras and universities.