MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY’S JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS THE 2011 BEATRICE CRAWFORD MEMORIAL CONCERT

A FREE EVENT FEATURING MEMORIAL (RENÉ CLAUSEN) AND THE EAST COAST PREMIERE OF PARABLES (MUSIC BY ROBERT ALDRIDGE, LIBRETTO BY HERSCHEL GARFEIN) HEATHER J. BUCHANAN, conductor

Montclair, NJ (12/2/11)— Over 350 musicians and vocalists, including the Montclair State University Singers and Chorale with professional soloists and instrumentalists, Cali Camerata, and the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, will be featured in the 2011 Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Alexander Kasser Theater on the University’s campus. The free program will explore cultural and religious tolerance through works promoting mutual understanding and respect across cultures.

The University Singers will perform Memorial (René Clausen), a major work for mixed chorus, baritone solo, piano, and chamber orchestra utilizing texts in Latin, Hebrew and Arabic; based on subject material which reflects the horrific events of September 11, 2011. Memorial focuses on the themes of living through (and coping with) acts of senseless violence, healing, cleansing, and hope.

The concert will also feature the East Coast premiere of Parables, a symphonic oratorio with music by Robert Aldridge and libretto by Herschel Garfein, the same creative team that created the 2008 blockbuster and Peak Performances world premiere opera Elmer Gantry, which recently received three Grammy nominations including Best Contemporary Classical Composition. A major work for large mixed chorus for soloists and symphony orchestra; Parables is an expression of the reconciliation, tolerance, universality, and humanism shared among texts from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.


"We must acknowledge that our individual faiths all link us to the divine, thus creating a unity between us more meaningful than any apparent separation. Every faith has its own glories and shortcomings, just like every human being."   - Herschel Garfein, librettist for Parables

The 2011 Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert is a free event and open to the public. Tickets are required for admission, and can be reserved at www.peakperfs.org, by calling 973-655-5112, or in person at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office.

BONUS EVENT! – A pre-concert discussion on spirituality
December 11, 2011 – 1:30 p.m. – Leshowitz Recital Hall

A pre-concert dialogue will take place in the Leshowitz Recital Hall in the John J. Cali School of Music at 1:30 p.m., immediately preceding the Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert. Focusing on themes of spirituality and inclusivity, the discussion is part of an ongoing campus-wide commemoration of the events of 9/11 and will feature the creative team behind Parables in conversation with an interfaith panel of local clergy and scholars. This event is free and open to the public, and is presented in collaboration with the John J. Cali School of Music, the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, the Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Council for Faith and Spirituality.

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ABOUT THE BEATRICE CRAWFORD MEMORIAL CONCERT
Beatrice “Billie” Crawford was dedicated to the development of music for community audiences in Montclair, directing The Choraliers and later the Upper Montclair Women’s Club chorale group, The Madrigals. She arranged music for both groups until her death in 1969. In 1994, the Keating Crawford Foundation established an endowment at Montclair State University in memory of Beatrice Crawford, to ensure that her legacy would be maintained. Since that time, the Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert has served as an annual showcase of the top talent at Montclair State.
ABOUT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY 
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Media Contact:  Diane Reed, 973.655.4334 or reeddi@mail.montclair.edu