Spring Choral Concert: Old Friends
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4 p.m.
James Logan High School Performing Arts Center
1800 H Street, Union City
Rehearsals: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (please complete the RSVP Form below for more information)
Concert tickets: $7 general / $5 students and seniors / Free with CSUEB ID
Available at the door, online at csueastbaytickets.com, or by contacting the box office at (510) 885-3118
Please join us as we pay tribute to two retiring Music Department Professors, Ellen Wassermann and Frank La Rocca, at our annual spring choral concert on June 7th. The program will include music by Frank La Rocca and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, featuring Ellen Wassermann as piano soloist, conducted by CSUEB Alumnus and current Director of Choral Activities at Rutgers University, Dr. Patrick Gardner. Alumnae and current CSUEB faculty members Pamela Hicks, soprano, and Diane Maltester, clarinet, will also perform, and vocal program alumni Kaia Richards, Lisa Chavez, Gabriel Liboiron-Cohen and Rodrigo Cortes will serve as soloists for the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. If you are a CSUEB (CSUH) alum interested in attending or participating in this event, please fill out the RSVP Form below.
Frank La Rocca is a composer of contemporary art music, especially sacred choral music. Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and U.C. Berkeley, he came to see modernism as a barrier to free musical expression and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. Drawing upon influences as diverse as Josquin, Byrd, Stravinsky, George Crumb and Arvo Pärt, his music has been described as possessing a "luminous beauty" with "a profound sacred sensibility" and as "a modern evocation of the radiant spirituality of ancient chant." His catalog includes works in nearly all genres, with a special emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, and his awards include Second Prize in the Foundation for Sacred Arts Music International Composition Competition, ASCAP Young Composers Award, and Grand Prize in the Vanguard Voices Choral Competition. La Rocca has been Professor of music composition and theory at CSU East Bay since 1981, and is an Artistic Director and past Executive Director of Composers, Inc. of San Francisco.
Ellen Wassermann began studying piano with her father, Irving Wassermann. She studied at The Juilliard School with Eduard Steuermann and with John Perry at Oberlin College where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. Ms. Wassermann received a Master of Music from The Peabody Conservatory where she was a student of Leon Fleisher, and served as staff accompanist and vocal coach. She has won numerous competitions including first prize in the Mason-Hamlin Competition and first prize in the William Kapell International Piano Competition. She is very active in the Bay Area in both solo and chamber recitals, and is currently principal pianist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Professor Wassermann has been a member of the Music Department faculty at California State University, East Bay since 1972.
Patrick Gardner received his undergraduate degree in voice from California State University at Hayward and his M.M. and D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to New York City to direct the Riverside Choral Society he taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. The Riverside Choral Society, which often performs as the chorus for the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, presents numerous major choral orchestral works each year in Manhattan. His choirs have given many world premieres. He is also active as guest conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator. At Rutgers he is Director of Choral Activities, conducts the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers University Glee Club and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level conducting. He has recorded for Folkways, Albany, and Ethereal records.