The Barry Schrader CalArts Farewell Concert

After what will have been 45 years on the faculty of the CalArts School of Music, Barry Schrader decided to retire at the end of this academic year. Starting as a graduate student at CalArts in 1970, he was hired on the faculty by Mel Powell, then the Dean of the School of Music, in 1971. It’s been an incredible adventure to have experienced the evolution of the school from its beginnings at the temporary Burbank Villa Cabrini campus to its current incarnation as The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Along the way he has been fortunate to have had superb composers and performers as colleagues and friends, a host of talented students, and also to have met and
worked with many brilliant people in various areas of the arts throughout the world.


To mark his retirement from CalArts, Barry Schrader decided to present a farewell concert containing a variety of works from a forty-year period. This program will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 pm in CalArts’ Roy O. Disney Hall. Admission is free, and there will be a reception following the concert. He’ll also be giving away a limited number of his CDs to those that attend the event.

The concert will feature Mark Menzies on violin playing Fallen Sparrow, and Vicki Ray on piano performing Ravel. Also on the concert will be the original quadraphonic version of Trinity, along with short sections of Monkey King and The Barnum Museum. Adam Beckett’s groundbreaking 1973 film Heavy-Light will be shown, along with Michael Scroggins’ early computer video, 1921>1989.

For those that wish to hear and view the concert online, it will be available live on the live ROD Webcast.