Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert with the MSU Symphony Orchestra, December 9, 2007

Presented by the Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music as Part of Peak Performances @ Montclair

The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University presents The Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert featuring the MSU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper.  This special event features the world premiere of The Star Across the Ocean, a work by American composer Scott Davenport Richards. Also on this program is Symphony no. 5 in C-sharp minor by Gustav Mahler.  This performance is under the baton of Paul Hostetter.

In A Star Across the Ocean, composer and lyricist Scott Davenport Richards uses the Jazz idiom in a symphonic context to imagine Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Quincy Jones, and his parents in all of their differing ambivalent relationships to Paris in 1965. This world premiere work for four voices and orchestra features “Tony” award winner, Chuck Cooper, Darius De Haas, Kimberly Jajuan, and Julia Murney with the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

This free public performance, the Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert, is supported by a generous grant from the Keating Crawford Foundation. It is an annual event 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.”

This John J. Cali School of Music event is presented as part of Peak Performance @ Montclair.  To order tickets, please visit or call the box office at 973-655-5112. For a fact sheet and pictures, please contact Alfred Fredel.

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

Released: November 9, 2007