The College of the Arts Season Schedule

Department of Theatre and Dance

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?

Department of Theatre and Dance

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.

John J. Cali School of Music

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.

John J. Cali School of Music

MSU Symphony Orchestra

April 25

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Markand Thakar, 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.

John J. Cali School of Music

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.

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.

John J. Cali School of Music

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.