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Set your calendar. The Alabama State University Department of Music and ClefWorks, a Montgomery nonprofit music group, organized a special music event for the tri-county area: “Montgomery Music Benefit Concert.” The ticketed event is Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Auditorium at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Museum Drive.

Several professors from the Department of Music will headline the show with the goal that proceeds from the concert will benefit ASU music students. Faculty artists include Dr. Katrina Williams, clarinet; Dr. Joseph Ortiguera, violin; Dr. Michael Westmoreland, saxophone; Dr. Brenda Luchsinger, horn; Dr. Jonathan Houghtling, trombone, Dr. Cordelia Anderson, soprano; Professor Tyrone Hayes, baritone; Dr. Jessica Williams, marimba; Dr Joel Jones, piano; Mr. Isaac Bell Jr., piano; Dr. Kristofer Sanchack, piano; and Dr. Adonis González-Matos, piano.

The concert will feature musical genres ranging from classical to jazz, including selections from composers Alexander Tcherepnin, Joseph Horvitz, Fritz Kreisler, Jarryd Ellis, Colin Lett, Gina Gillie, Giuseppe Verdi, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“It is so wonderful to see the musician-artists who are part of the faculty of Alabama State University having the opportunity to perform and shine in the greater Montgomery community!… Our ‘Music in Montgomery’ concert will provide wonderful exposure to the music program at ASU and will generate financial support for music students at ASU… The success we enjoy as one of the top HBCU music programs in the nation fully reflects the support we have received here at ASU and from the local community organizations like ClefWorks, our concert sponsors and alumni donors,” said Dr. Carly Johnson, Chair of the Department of Music.

Johnson noted that ClefWorks’ mission to engage the community and provide music education and commission projects to Montgomery’s underserved community aligns perfectly with ASU’s mission as the HBCU school of music. “It has been a perfect marriage and really brings our ASU campus community and ASU music students together with the greater Montgomery community and the current music scene in Montgomery, and we look forward to even more collaborations and shared projects in the future! future!”

Johnson invites the public and especially ASU music alumni to attend the concert. “It’s an opportunity to connect and catch up on what all of our graduates are doing in the community.”

Johnson said she is excited about all the successes of the ASU music program, including the ASU Choir. “Right now, in addition to our upcoming concert, the Alabama State University Choir, under the direction of Dr. Sanchack, is raising funds to travel and perform at Carnegie Hall in New York next spring. It is a great honor to receive an invitation to perform there.”

General admission to “Music in Montgomery” is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance or on site the night of the performance. For advance tickets, contact the ASU Music Office at 334-229-4341 or or ClefWorks at 334-603-CLEF (2533).

For those who were unable to attend, Johnson emphasized that you can make monetary contributions to the ASU program and specifically to the ASU Choir to help sponsor a student to perform at Carnegie Hall next spring by visiting and selecting “Carnegie Hall Initiative” from the dropdown menu.

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