San Francisco Community Music Center to send out 100 short music videos for its centennial

Posted on: April 6, 2022

“What could be more inviting than getting a video infusion of new music in your email inbox every morning? Well, what about two?,” writes Joshua Kosman in Saturday’s (4/2) San Francisco Chronicle. “As part of its ongoing centennial celebrations, San Francisco Community Music Center is about to launch ‘(Re)Imagine,’ a multi-week collaboration with Oakland composer, performer and music teacher Cava Menzies. To match the school’s 100 years as a center for low-cost, accessible music education, Menzies plans to send out 100 short music videos [beginning April 4], featuring her original collaborations with students and faculty of the school, and with musical colleagues from around the world. The plan is for them to roll out, two at a time, for 50 days…. Maria José Reyes Cruz, a 16-year-old student … who studies voice at CMC, drew on a poem she had written for English class to create a short song, ‘You Are Not Alone,’ with Menzies…. The video, which is scheduled to be released on Day 10 of the project, shows the two of them in performance…. Steinberg said, ‘We’re sending seeds of inspiration across the student body, across the faculty and across all the artists involved.’ ”