Montclair State Hosts Sister Cities 60th Anniversary Concert April 6

Faculty and students from the John J. Cali School of Music and the University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz, Austria to perform joint concert

Montclair, NJ --In celebration of the 60-year sister city relationship between the cities of Montclair, New Jersey and Graz, Austria, Montclair State University will sponsor a concert performed by students and faculty members from Montclair State's John J. Cali School of Music and the University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz on April 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Leshowitz Recital Hall. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

Featuring choral, vocal, piano, and string ensembles performing music by Austrian and American composers, the concert highlights the talents of the artists of both institutions performing together. The program will feature works by Austrian composers including Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms, as well as the American composers Samuel Barber and Scott Joplin, among others. Following the concert, a reception will be held at Kopps Lounge in Russ Hall.

The sister city partnership between Montclair and Graz was established in 1949 as part of the world peace efforts pioneered by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower following World War II. Eisenhower created the People to People program and Montclair and Graz were among the first cities to participate.

Through the collaboration of the Montclair Overseas Neighbor Program, the City of Graz, and Montclair State University's Center for Global Education, the relationship has resulted in an active exchange of students, prominent business executives, government officials, scientists, engineers, and cultural representatives including individual singers and large orchestras. Overseas Neighbors and the City of Graz also fund a full scholarship student exchange program between the two cities.

Released: March 23, 2010