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Music, She Wrote
Ed Kelly Hall: Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Oakland, CA
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Music, She Wrote
"Music, She Wrote" is a project of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music that celebrates women composers. The series began in March 2008 during International Women's Month and was created to highlight the achievements of women composers.  Past concerts have featured the music of India Cooke, Tammy Hall, Karen Horner, Branice McKenzie, Sandy Poindexter, Angela Wellman and Yehudit.

The featured composer this year is the highly acclaimed pianist, Victoria Theodore.  

TIME: 8PM    
Location: Ed Kelly Hall, OPC, 1616 Franklin Street

Also featured on the program will be OPC's Zimbabwean Marimba Ensemble, director, Carolina Gonzalez and the Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble (FDYE) , direct, Michael Shiono. The ensembles, comprised of some of Oakland's most promising young musicians, perform yearly at Oakland's Art & Soul Festival as well as other civic functions, parties, and concerts around Oakland.

Victoria Theodore received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classical Piano Performance and Computer Music from Oberlin College / Conservatory of Music (where she studied piano with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein), and her Master of Arts degree in Classical Piano Performance from Stanford University (where she studied piano with George Barth and vocal accompaniment with Judith Bettina). As a teen, she studied piano and voice in the UC Berkeley Young Musician's Program (YMP) and sang (and began her accompanying career) with the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) , under the direction of Trente Morant. While at YMP, she studied piano primarily with Eugene Gash (1920-1995), the first African-American concert pianist to perform a solo concert at Carnegie Hall, and a student of E. Robert Schmitz (1889-1949), a student of composer Claude Debussy. During her Stanford years, Ms. Theodore studied Jazz Piano with Mark Levine, Bill Bell and Frank Martin.

Music Career Highlights

While in graduate school, Ms. Theodore performed with several San Francisco Bay Area ensembles and bands, including The Peninsula Symphony, Theatreworks, Hayward Little Theater, Oakland Youth Chorus, and jazz bands Victoria Theodore Quintet, Time Will Tell Sextet, LMNOP and 10BassT. Shortly after graduation from Stanford, Victoria toured nationally as a keyboardist for Captiol Records artists Oaktown 357 - produced by MC Hammer.

Beginning in August, 2007, Victoria was hired to tour with legendary musical genius Stevie Wonder, playing keyboards and singing background vocals in his band. She has traveled around the world with Stevie and looks forward to more touring! (And yes, it's as fabulous as you'd imagine!)

Ms. Theodore is currently working on her first solo music project, which is due to be released in early 2013. However, an EP is available for purchase now. To hear selections from the upcoming CD and learn more about Victoria,

This concert is a fundraiser for the Youth Programs of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. Thank you for supporting OPC, the youth, and the future of music in Oakland!



Ed Kelly Hall: Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (View)
1616 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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Music > Jazz

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