John J. Cali School of Music 08/09 Events

Following the successful start to the 2008/09 season, the John J. Cali School of Music continues to present a roster of events filled with student, faculty and guest artist performances and including many notable premieres and performances.

MSU Symphony Orchestra - Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
The MSU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paul Hostetter performs on February 28, with a concert including Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4, Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten and The Miraculous Mandarin Suite by Bartok. Stephen Oosting (tenor) and Ruth Rendleman (piano) will lend their talents.

MSU Wind Symphony - March 1 at 3:00 p.m.
On March 1, Columbia High School Wind Ensemble will share the stage with the MSU Wind Symphony Orchestra in a concert highlighted by Apocalyptica by George Rochberg, plus works by Strauss and Persichetti.

Jazz at MSU - April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The ever-popular Montclair State University Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Kunkel and Holli Ross, will present a program of Latin jazz on April 22, featuring guest composer and drummer Roland Vazquez.

MSU Symphony Orchestra - April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The world premiere of The Golden Bird by Dean Drummond, featuring instruments of the Harry Partch collection and soloists from Newband, will be held on April 23 as part of the powerful conclusion to the MSU Symphony Orchestra’s 2008/09 season. Also presented will be Night Music, a composition by renowned post-modernist composer and MSU alumnus George Rochberg and Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks.

MSU Wind Symphony - April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Guest artist Paul Cohen will perform the Dahl Saxophone Concerto with the MSU Wind Symphony and MSU Symphonic Band on April 24. The program also features a contemporary piece by composer Libby Larsen, Introduction to the Moon, which combines music and poetry.

MSU Choral - April 24 at 11:30 a.m. & April 25 at 8:00 p.m.
The MSU Singers & Chorale will fill the Alexander Kasser Theater with song on Friday April 24 at 11:30 am and Saturday April 25 at 8 pm, when Heather J. Buchanan will lead the 150-voice Chorale in Gabriel Fauré’s masterwork Requiem. The Fauré Requiem will be performed with faculty organist Renee Louprette and a professional chamber orchestra. The Singers will premiere a new work by international composer Tarik O’Regan commissioned by the John J. Cali School of Music.

MSU Opera Workshop - May 2 at 8:00 p.m., May 3 at 3:00 p.m., May 4& 5 at 7:30 p.m.
A fully-staged presentation of La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden Girl), written by an 18-year-old Mozart will cap the season and be presented from May 2-5. With Paul Hostetter conducting and under the direction of Paul Peers, the highly-anticipated event explores passion, deception and lovesick madness, and will be presented in the original Italian.

These John J. Cali School of Music events are presented as part of Peak Performances @ Montclair.

All tickets are $15, and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office or by calling 973-655-5112 or online at

Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07043.

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Alfred R. Fredel, Media and Marketing Director
Peak Performances @ Montclair

Released: January 21, 2009