The Picasso Ensemble Performs in Seventh Annual Benefit for Eastside College Prepatory School

A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers

On January 30th and 31st, 2016, 3:00pm, the Eastside College Preparatory School extends a warm invitation to the community
to attend the seventh annual benefit concert featuring music by African American composers, performed by the musicians and guest artists of the African American Composers Initiative (AACI). All proceeds from ticket
sales will benefit the school.

The varied program will feature new musical delights and past favorites, including "Ruby," Val's dramatic musical telling of the story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges who courageously integrated the public schools in New Orleans in 1960; "Portraits," her celebrated musical tributes to jazz greats, and "Song of the Seasons," Val's celebrated song cycle, commissioned by the Smitsonian Institution. Val and John will collaborate with the musicians of the AACI and the Eastside Choir, directed by David Chaidez, performing jazz standards (including music by Duke Ellington) and original works.

The AACI welcomes a new guest artist, flutist Stephanie McNab of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra to solo in Val's jazz adaption of Wagner and presents returning musicians soprano Yolanda Rhodes, vocalist/pianists LaDoris Cordell and Deanne Tucker, the Picasso Ensemble (violinist Sue Brown, cellist Vicky Ehrlich, and pianist Josephine Gandolfi), clarinetist Carol Somersille, trumpeter John Worley, trombonist John Monroe, bassoonist Rufus Olivier III, percussionist Jim Kassiss, keyboardist Jansen Verplank, and actress Lauren Sibley.

We hope you will join us to celebrate the joyous and inspiring music of Valerie Capers, and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Eastside College Prepatory School!