Creative Arts Building 50th Anniversary Celebration: Music of Pittsburg
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San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads the orchestra in an irresistible program featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten and Piazzolla. Following a lovely early Mozart Divertimento, Barantschik takes center stage in Mendelssohn's D minor Violin Concerto, one of the Romantic master's finest creations and a delightful surprise for concertgoers who only know its more famous sibling. Britten's gorgeous Simple Symphony salutes the composer's centenary, and the program concludes with the sultry music of another 20th-century master: Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, the "King of Nuevo Tango." Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to the concert. Learn More
<p>Join 24 bands to celebrate the Music of Pittsburg as part of the Creative Arts Building 50th Anniversary Celebration. The concerts are accompanied by a Street Faire featuring lowrider cars on School Street.</p> <p>The music ranges from rap to opera. Among the performers are Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Famer Louis Jones and Bay Area Blues Society 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year Tommy Nunnelly along with Leo Vigil, Nicky DePaola, the Floorshakers, Just Praise, Sexteto Diablo, Subliminal tha Kid, Natural Blend, Biernacki and the Illusion, Benny Arroyo, Earl Crudup, Los Fugitivos del Stress, and Smoothease Trio.</p> <p>The events benefit Pittsburg High School for its trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.</p>
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The historic Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg's hidden jewel, is located on the Pittsburg High School campus.
A $5 million bond measure, the biggest in state history when passed in 1956, allowed for construction of the Creative Arts Building and Hillview Jr. High School as well as additional classroom construction at Heights Elementary School and El Pueblo School.
Since opening in 1959, the Creative Arts Building has been an integral part of Pittsburg High School, serving as classroom for band, choir and drama and a gathering point for high school students and staff and district personnel. It has a glorious history in its role as a site for community cultural events and is home for the award-winning Pittsburg Community Theatre. It has also been the site for performances by Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and international talent.
The 2,000-seat main theatre is the largest indoor performance arts venue in Contra Costa County, nearly three times larger than the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, and is the second largest in the East Bay to the 3,500-seat Berkeley Community Theater, which is a sister structure located on the Berkeley High School campus. The Creative Arts Building also has a 250-seat Little Theatre.
Now 45 years old, the Creative Arts Building is in need of some loving repair with the â€œAdopt-A-Seatâ€ program only the first step in restoring it to its former glory. Theatrical architects from Landry & Bogan have completed a detailed study of what it will take to bring the building back to state-of-the-art capability and rate it as a 9 on a 1-to-10 scale as a performance venue.
With the passage of Measure E in November 2004, Pittsburg voters committed to building a new elementary school and new junior high school. As a result of that vote, the Pittsburg Unified School District will become eligible for state matching funds to restore and refurbish district buildings, including the Creative Arts Building.