Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music Announces Its 2007/2008 Season

Season includes exciting world premieres, top notch ensembles and superb guest artists.

Moving into a new position as one of the area’s most important institutions, the John J. Cali School of Music presents a fine season filled with student, faculty and guest artist performances. The season runs from September through May and includes notable performances by David Witten, Sara Davis Buechner, Newband, the MSU Singers and Chorale as well as the MSU Symphony Orchestra.  All ticket to all events are $15.

Newband performs in the Alexander Kasser Theater on September 29, 2007 @ 8:00 pm under the direction of Dean Drummond. This unique ensemble brings audiences fascinating sonorities and textures.  The concert program will include And On the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma by Harry Partch featuring instruments created by Partch and three works by Varése.

Guest Artist Sara Davis Buechner takes the stage of the Alexander Kasser Theater on October 31, 2007 @ 7:30 pm.  She has been celebrated as a pianist of virtuosic mastery, artistic sensitivity and extraordinary versatility. Ms. Buechner brings a program that features Bach's Partita no. 6, Histoires by Jacques Ibert and Yoshinao Nakada's landmark Sonata of 1949.

The MSU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paul Hostetter performs three concerts with one on November 2, 2007 @ 7:30 pm, the second on March 1, 2008 @ 8:00 pm and the season finale on April 23, 2008 @ 7:30 pm. The Orchestra begins its season on November 2nd with a program that features works by Honegger, Weber and Brahms.  The orchestra returns to the Alexander Kasser Theater on March 1st with a fun program that will include works by Peter Shickele, Kodaly and Elgar.  Finally on April 23rd to close their season, the orchestra will present a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with various works from this American composer.

The renowned MSU Chorale and MSU Singers fill the Alexander Kasser Theater with song on December 8, 2007 @ 8:00pm, April 26, 2008 @ 8:00 pm and on May 2, 2008 @ 7:30pm. The year’s choral season under the direction of Heather J. Buchanan brings three performances to the Alexander Kasser Theater.  On December 8th, both the MSU Chorale and Singers present a program called Sing, Choirs of Angels!  This performance features the Poulenc Gloria and selected music for the holidays.  On April 26th, the MSU Chorale pays tribute to the vocal music of Leonard Bernstein with a concert that features the Chichester Psalms and selections from Candide and West Side Story. To end the season on May 2nd, the MSU Singers present a ‘Farewell Concert’ prior to their tour to Russia that includes William Bolcom’s The Mask and several works by American composers.

To roundup the highlights of this season, acclaimed pianist and faculty member David Witten presents a recital on January 31st that include the world premiere of a piano sonata by composer Mauricio Dottori as well as works by Alessandro Solbiati and Nikolai Tcherepnin.

Included with this release is a full schedule of all John J. Cali School of Music events that are part of Peak Performance @ Montclair.  To order tickets, please visit or call the box office at 973-655-5112.

Media Contact: 
Alfred R. Fredel, Media and Marketing Manager
Peak Performance @ Montclair

Released: August 15, 2007