Glee Clubs to Perform Nov. 17
The Occidental College Glee Clubs will join the Westridge School Glee Club for a concert honoring the legacy of Howard S. Swan, who directed the choral groups on both campuses.
The performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Westridge’s Fran Norris Scoble Performing Arts Center, 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena. The event also will celebrate the opening of the Howard S. Swan Choral Hall at Westridge.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Advanced reservations are required. For further information, please call (626) 799-1053, Ext. 273 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit www.westridge.org/news-calendar.html.
All proceeds and gifts will benefit the Occidental College Glee Clubs and the Howard S. Swan Chair in Music at Westridge School.
Swan directed the Occidental Glee Clubs from 1934 to 1971, leading what Robert Shaw called “one of the finest choral ensembles in America.” At the time of appointment to Occidental, Swan was director of music at Eagle Rock High School, choir director at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and director of the University Men’s Glee Club of Los Angeles, a group that received acclaim in their many appearances throughout the state. At Westridge, he guided the Glee Club for more than 40 years.
Founded in 1887, Occidental is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast. Each year, the college is cited as one of the country’s best small institutions by Fiske, Peterson’s, and other major college guides. Occidental’s high standards and innovative programs have been praised in Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the New York Time.
Westridge School was founded in 1913 by Mary Lowther Ranney, who sought to provide an intellectually engaging and challenging curriculum that prepared girls to continue their education in college and beyond as discerning, motivated learners committed to excellence and goodness in everything they do.