CMC’s Teen Jazz Orchestra will perform Jazz music learned this year including original music by Betty Reid Soskin, arranged by Marcus Shelby. Guest artist, vocalist, Jamie Zimmer, will be featured on the original music.
96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin is America’s oldest park ranger, famous for defying age and tirelessly speaking about segregation and civil rights in California and beyond. What most people don’t know is Betty was also an acclaimed singer/songwriter in the 1960s and 1970s with a voice like Billie Holiday and the relevance of Nina Simone, but she eschewed entertainment and never recorded commercially. Her songs are poetic reflections on her experiences as a mixed-race woman confronting Jim Crow style segregation in the workplace and the housing market in the East Bay. For 40 years, her music has sat untouched on dusty tapes, lost to the world
The process of this collaboration of composition, arrangement and performance is being documented in a feature-length film entitled “Sign my Name to Freedom”, intended for release in 2019 via public broadcasting and film festivals around the country.
Ann Mony and friends host this monthly swing dance featuring live music.
CMC’s Mission District Young Musicians Program performs music from Mexico and Latin America at the beloved Carnaval Festival! Also – keep your eyes out for the Mission Neighborhood Center float. CMC partner program students from MNC and Lincoln High School will be making music together aboard the float!
Students of CMC cello instructor Eugenio Solinas perform in recital. Additional program details TBA.
Students of private piano instructor Nicole Faghihi perform in recital. Additional program details TBA.
Come dance, listen, hang out and experience smoking Cuban charanga music at Community Music Center – it’s free! CMC’s own Cuban Charanga Ensemble will be performing as part of the Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP). There will be two sets of swinging Cuban dance music, from Danzón to Timba, with additional program details TBA.
CMC students ages 18 and over perform in recital. Additional program details TBA.
CMC’s annual All–School Recital is an all-level student showcase featuring exceptional students from both our Mission and Richmond District Branches. Students are selected by audition based on their progress in relation to the amount of time they’ve been studying on their instrument. This is a CMC favorite, and it’s free!
CMC guitar instructor Scott Feichter presents a concert featuring music for classical guitar. Additional program details TBA>