Sunday: Concert benefits school's music program

Music by African-American composers will be featured by local musicians in a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Performing Arts Center of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto.

Proceeds from the fifth annual concert will benefit the tuition-free school's music programs.

The concert will feature music drawing from African-American traditions – spirituals, jazz, blues – and other American, European and world sources. It includes works by Duke Ellington, Valerie Capers, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, Joshua McGhee, John Robinson and others.

There will be a musical tribute to the memory of Trayvon Martin and a new piece by Ms. Capers, based on the life of Ruby Bridges, who in 1960, at age 6, integrated the schools of New Orleans.

Performers include soprano Yolanda Rhodes, pianist/vocalists LaDoris Cordell and Deanne Tucker, violinist Susan Brown, cellist Victoria Ehrlich, pianist Jodi Gandolfi, clarinetist Carol Somersille, bassist John Robinson, trumpeter Fred Berry, trombonist John Monroe, and percussionist Jim Kassis. The Eastside choir, with David Chaidez as director, will also perform.

Eastside College Preparatory is located at 1041 Myrtle St. in East Palo Alto.

Tickets at $20 general, $5 for students and seniors, may be ordered online at Brown Paper Tickets or purchased at the door. For information, call 688-0850.

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