Winter Cultural Arts

During the month of December, there is no shortage of spectacular performances and events on campus offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the John J. Cali School of Music, and Peak Performances. 



Tickets for each event are available through Peak Performances where every performance and every seat is only $15. Montclair State University undergraduate students receive one ticket at no additional charge to every Peak Performances event, through the Performing Arts Fee, with their valid student IDs. Tickets must be picked up at the box office.

Department Of Theatre And Dance
INSULA (Kari Margolis Physical Theatre)

Take an uncharted voyage to a metaphorical island, floating in the midst of a mysterious sea. Far from outside influences, we find a timeless tribe of people living out the rites and rituals of their humanity. They are odd, silly, naive and unaware of the world around them -- so unlike ourselves…or are they? Developed with the creative input of sixteen BFA students during a residency with award-winning theatre artist Kari Margolis, INSULA proves that no person is an island.
Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 6 & 7 • 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 1 & 8 • 8:00 p.m. | Dec. 2 • 2:00 p.m. |L. Howard Fox Theatre
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John J. Cali School Of Music
World Premiere!
Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)

Created by Jairo Duarte-Lopez and Maria Eremiasova
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles
Jeffrey Gall, director; Ken Lam, conductor; Dmitri Korneev, piano
The MSU Opera Workshop proudly presents scenes from Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), an opera-in-progress newly commissioned by the Cali School that explores the intersection of blind passion, fate and death. Internationally recognized composers Duarte-Lopez and Eremiasova team up to create this original musical setting of the classic 1931 play by the indomitable Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca.
Nov. 30 • 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 2 • 3:00 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
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John J. Cali School Of Music
MSU Wind Symphony and MSU Symphonic Band
Students and Teachers

Thomas McCauley, conductor
An astounding evening of music featuring the premiere of MSU Graduate Composition student Ben Hackett’s Passacaglia conducted by MSU Graduate Student Amy Wilcox. Bruce Yurko will conduct his composition, Rhythmic Changes, and John J. Cali School of Music Director Dr. Robert Cart will appear as the soloist in Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino. In addition, the MSU Wind Symphony will present composer Joseph Turrin’s Concertino, featuring eleven public school and private teachers as soloists. The program will also include music by Bernstein, Copland, Persichetti, and Schoenberg.
Dec. 1 • 8:00 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
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Department Of Theatre And Dance
Works-A-Foot 2012

The first dance show of the season includes works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty. Featured will be the edgy and humorous Runaway by Larry Keigwin, which playfully explores our fascination with beauty. The 2012-13 New Works Initiative recipient, Rebecca Stenn, will choreograph and direct her original dance-theatre piece inspired by Harold Pinter’s Silence. Works by guest artist Earl Mosley and faculty members Beth McPherson, Karen Gayle, Jay T. Jenkins, and Jessica DiMauro will round out the program.

The New Works Initiative, a special project of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University committed to the development and production of original works in theatre and dance, is made possible with generous support from Holly J. and Robert S. Gregory.

Dec. 5, 6 & 7 • 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 8 • 8:00 p.m. | Dec. 9 • 2:00 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium
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John J. Cali School Of Music
MSU Symphony Orchestra

Ken Lam, Conductor
The MSU Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Ken Lam, will perform an evening of music including the premiere of Roberto Sierra’s El baile (MSU Commission). In addition, Chris Johnson, winner of the 2012 MSU Concerto Competition, will perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto.
Dec. 7 • 7:30 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
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John J. Cali School Of Music
MSU Chorale and MSU Brass Ensembles

Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
Gloria!
The MSU Chorale will perform two A Cappella sets, beginning with Marian texts “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner, “Bogoróditse Devo” from All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen. Also featured is “The Three Kings” by contemporary British composer Jonathan Dove. The concert finale will showcase the Chorale, MSU Brass and Organ in a performance of John Rutter’s festive Gloria with student soloists.
Dec. 8 • 8:00 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
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John J. Cali School Of Music
MSU Jazz Band I

Jeffrey Kunkel, director, with guest artist Mario Adnet
Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert
This year’s Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert presents a true taste of Brazilian musical culture. One of Brazil’s busiest and most influential composers, arrangers, producers, and guitarists, Mario Adnet is a living legend. Since his debut in 1984 he has released numerous recordings, including Ouro Negro (the definite renditions of the music of Moacir Santos), the Grammy winning Jobim Sinfónico, Jobim Jazz, From the Heart, Afrosamba Jazz (with Philippe Baden Powell), and Vinicius e os Maestros. MSU Jazz Band I and The Cali School are pleased to welcome Mr. Adnet to campus to perform a variety of his arrangements and compositions with MSU Jazz Band I under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel.

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.” Tickets are required for admission.
Dec. 9 • 3:00 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
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Richard Alston Dance Company
American Premiere – A Peak Commission
Richard Alston, Artistic Director
American Premiere of A Ceremony of Carols,
with Roughcut and Unfinished Business

A Ceremony of Carols
Richard Alston, choreography
Benjamin Britten, music
Heather J. Buchanan, Choral Director
André Tarantiles, Harp
Roughcut
Richard Alston, Choreography
Steve Reich, music
Unfinished Business
Richard Alston, Choreography
Jason Ridgway, piano

Described as one of Britain’s most musical choreographers, Richard Alston has used works by a diverse range of composers to explore how choreography can animate the spirit of music.

Featured in this special holiday program will be the American premiere of Alston’s most recent work, A Ceremony of Carols, choreographed to Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece for voice and harp. The music will be performed live by an all-female choir conducted by Montclair State’s Heather J. Buchanan, accompanied by harpist André Tarantiles. Also included will be Alston’s Roughcut and Unfinished Business,
set to the music of Steve Reich and Mozart, respectively.
Dec. 13 & 14 • 7:30 p.m. | December 15 • 8:00 p.m. | December 16 • 3:00 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater |
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