Most of the musicians learned to play their instruments through City College’s music department.
Opener Dilworth’s dramatic stage presence set the scene for what was a compelling low-production concert. Madeline Mueller of the music department played many of the piano accompaniments, along with fellow faculty member Judy Lee. Impassioned singers expressed the talent City College helped cultivate, expressing many students’ and faculty’s uncertainty about their college’s future.
“Singing is what ferments forward thinking, I’m not gonna say a revolution,” Mueller said with a wink.
“Good Morning Heartache,” a dour jazz blues song originally sung by Billie Holliday, was performed by student Clara McDaniel. “Good morning heartache/Thought we said goodbye last night,” McDaniel sang deeply and soulfully, possibly referring to the looming uncertainty about the college’s fate.
Electronics instructor Brian Fergus lightened the mood with a ukulele. “Who would serve the 47 ½ percent?” he sang to the cheers of the audience.
Cellist Sascha Jacobsen softened the mood with his multi-layered original piece with a quartet of violinists and percussionists.
Aside from music, voter registration forms were available and attendees were encouraged to vote in the upcoming election with attention to Proposition A and Proposition 30.
“Students ask me all the time what they can do to help save City College,” Mueller said. “If you want to save the school, stay here. it’s as basic as that. It’s not the buildings that make City College, it’s the people.”
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