Music at Montclair State University!

Montclair State University's School of the Arts Department of Music offers the following program for the month of December:

  • December 1 (8 p.m., McEachern Recital Hall), the 17 piece MSU Jazz Band will perform selections from the classic and contemporary big band repertoire, including works by Benny Carter and Mike Tomaro.

  • December 5 (4:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium), the MSU Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will premiere “Journey of the Phoenix” by MSU composition student Patrick Valentino among its other works.

  • December 6 (7:30 p.m., Kasser Theater), the MSU Symphony Orchestra will present a program called "Passion Dances," including works by Berlioz; Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov. Featured soloists will be David Witten of the MSU faculty and harpist Jacqueline Kerrod.

  • December 8 (1 p.m., McEachern Recital Hall), the Collegium Musicum present “Love Feasts,” music from early American utopian and millennial societies.

  • December 8 (8 p.m., McEachern Recital Hall), the 16 voice MSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, working in the west coast tradition of vocal jazz ensembles, will perform a cappella numbers and pieces performed with a rhythm section.

  • December 10 (7:30 p.m., Kasser Theater), the MSU Chamber Singers and Chamber Ensembles will perform a concert titled “Witches' Brew Spanish Screams & Flying Fish: From Schubert to...Finnish!” with works by Mantyjarvi, Lauridsen, Schubert and Brahms.

  • December 11 (8:00 p.m., McEachern Recital Hall), MSU Opera Workshop performs scenes from Menotti’s “The Consul” in preparation for its April production.

  • December 12 (3:00 p.m., Kasser Partch studio), Harry Partch Open Studio with the MSU Harry Partch Ensemble.

All listed concerts are free with no tickets required. Donations will be gratefully accepted!

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