Seton Hall University

Carnegie Hall 'A Prayer for Peace' Concert  

Over 100 Seton Hall students, alumni, faculty and staff will perform at the Seton Hall University and MidAtlantic Opera's " A Prayer for Peace" concert on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Seton Hall community members are invited to attend the program which will donate one-third of its net proceeds to the United Nations Human Rights Council for refugee relief. Discounted tickets are available using the promo code: PFP22483 at

Jason Tramm with the Seton Hall ChoirThe concert is under the baton of Jason Tramm, assistant professor and director of choral activities for the College of Communication and the Arts as well as artistic director for the MidAtlantic Opera. The historical musical event will feature the Seton Hall University Chorus, performing with the MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and a quintet of internationally renowned soloists, including: cellist Mihai Marica; soprano Rochelle Bard; mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy; countertenor Ray Chenez; tenor Theodore Chletsos; and bass-baritone Kevin Short.

"This program features composers representing the three Abrahamic faiths, whose works rise above the circumstances of their creation and present a universal prayer for peace. In the words of Leonard Bernstein, 'This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before,' " said Tramm.

Augustine "Gus" Glazov, a junior dual-major in philosophy and music performance (voice), will be one of 60 students performing at Carnegie Hall. "Music is a universal language. It expresses emotion in unparalleled ways. It heals people. It shatters cultural barriers. It touches souls and it changes lives," he said.

Tramm credits the University and its administration for supporting the project. "Seton Hall has such an important history of interfaith dialogue. I'd like to thank the many individuals and groups who are collaborating and playing such an important role in this 'A Prayer for Peace,' including Dean (Deirdre) Yates, Dean (Andrea) Bartoli, Dean (Chrysanthy) Grieco and the board of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies."

Another student participating in the chorus will be Francesca Regalado, a junior diplomacy major and University choir member who shared her appreciation for Tramm's guidance and expertise throughout rehearsals. "It's been a struggle to learn Turkish for one of the pieces we're doing," she said. "So it was helpful that Dr. Tramm brought in a native speaker to teach us the words and pronunciations. For as long as I've been with the choir, Dr. Tramm has invited masters in the field of music to give us tips on how we can improve our performances."

The program includes selections from Ahmed Adnan Saygun's rarely performed Yanus Emre Oratorio, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. Each composition expresses a universally resonant message, possessing the power to transcend time and place, uniting audiences in "A Prayer for Peace."

Ticket prices range from $10 - $90. Order tickets online at Carnegie Hall, by phone at CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800) or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City. Student and senior discounts are available at the box office only. Group ticket discounting is available to your organization by calling 212-903-9705 Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by email at

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For more information, please contact:

  • Jason Tramm
  • (908) 337-8840