Harry Partch Ensemble Understands Music

The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University presents the Harry Partch Ensemble for one night only, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Kasser Theater.

Harry Partch Ensemble sure to be the high note of the season.

On this special evening, the life and legacy of Dean Drummond, the director of the Harry Partch Institute of Montclair State University, is to be celebrated in music, in memoriam.

The concert is to be performed by the MSU Harry Partch Ensemble. They will be performing an entire program of Harry Partch’s music, as well as compositions done by Dean Drummond for the Newband/Harry Partch Instrumentarium: “the collection of original microtonal instruments built by American composer/inventor, Harry Partch.”

Dean Drummond (1949-2013), an internationally reputed composer, librettist, conductor and performer, inventor of instruments and long-time Associate Professor of Music at Montclair State University, passed away recently. His resourcefulness and wide scope as a musician was noted and admired by all, and the ensemble hopes to honor his name with this performance. This promises to be a heart-felt, moving performance that would be sure to make Drummond proud.

The Alexander Kasser Theater is a gorgeous space with state-of-the-art lighting and scenery, able to seat up to five hundred and twenty audience members.

Tickets are available for $15 each, and are able to be purchased either at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, or online at the peak performance website.

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The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Additionally, it is open for extended hours during the days of the performance, from 10 a.m. until the start of the show.

Alternatively, one ticket is available for all Montclair State University undergraduate students who wish to reserve one at the Box office. A valid student I.D. must be presented in this case, when reserving the ticket.

Tickets often sell quickly, especially for Kasser Theater performances. This is especially true as the tickets are for specific seats rather than general admission, so make sure to go early if getting a specific seat or sitting together with a group is a priority.

Most conveniently, parking is available in Red Hawk Parking Deck, the building next to Kasser Theater. A fully-automated facility, you will receive a ticket when entering that can be brought to any of the Pay Stations on levels 2, 4 or 5 of the deck. At this time, the facility is accepting cash only.

Before the show, perhaps stop by at Café Diem, the on-campus coffee shop connected to Sprague Library. They have a variety of Starbucks-like coffees, as well as small snacks and salads.

If it’s a full meal you’re after, try going out to eat after the show at one of the conveniently located hot-spots on or off campus. There’s the Red Hawk Diner on campus, open 24 hours and serving everything from a burger and fries to pancakes and eggs, all night long. Off campus, try Six Brother’s Diner for a more sophisticated scene.

No matter what you do that night, it is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

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