Music at Mills
The recently renovated Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, built in 1928, is the main performance space at Mills College in Oakland, and the Bay Area's prime venue for contemporary "new music." Over the past 90 years, the music department at Mills has hosted such faculty, students, and resident musicians as the Port Arte String Quartet, Darius Milhaud, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Luciano Berio, Dave Brubeck, Harry Partch, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Kronos Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and Fred Frith. In the mid-1960s, the legendary San Francisco Tape Music Center moved across the Bay and evolved into the Center for Contemporary Music. If you want to hear what's happening in experimental, electronic, avant-garde classical, and other modern genres, tune into what's happening at Mills. The concert programs are astounding and the campus is serene terrain for contemplative walks.
By Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
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