Composer and faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Conrad Susa died this past November 21. He was active up until then, having prepared a lecture on Richard Wagner, which he had planned to deliver the following day. At the beginning of next month, students, faculty, and friends will come together to celebrate Susa’s life and experience it through the performance of some of his favorite works. These will include his popular arrangement of the folk song “Shenandoah,” the two “Murder” ballads, the second book of Joyce Madrigals, and the scene “Consider the Wonderful Musician” from his most frequently performed opera Transformations, based on texts from the poems of Anne Sexton. Participating musicians will include the Conservatory Chorus, conducted by David Conte and Eric Choate, the Conservatory Chamber Choir, led by Ragnar Bohlin, and the Opera Program directed by Curt Pajer. Participating pianists will be Keisuke Nakagoshi and Collin Whitfield. Conte and Elinor Armer, both Conservatory composers, will also share their memories of Susa.
This event will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. It will be held at St. Mark’s Luther Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the intersection with Franklin Street), whose acoustics are particularly conducive to the vocal resources that will perform. The event is free and open to the general public.