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Winter Music Concert - December 13


Urban’s annual Winter Music Concert will premiere on YouTube Sunday, December 13, at 5 pm. There will be an encore performance on Tuesday, December 15, at 7 pm.

The Urban Singers choral group will perform two pieces, Bonse Aba, a traditional Zambian song with two vocal solos and drums, and The Lamb, based on a William Blake poem. Brooke Steele directs the chorus.

Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dana Sadava, will perform a world premiere by Ethan K (’21), The Old Boatman by Florence Price (students perform live outdoors, safely distanced!), as well as the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

David Boyce’s Lab Jazz Band will play Little Sunflower by Freddie Hubbard and Bags Groove by Milt Jackson.

The Advanced Jazz Band with Director Scott Foster will perform Duke Ellington’s Things Ain't What They Used To Be. We’ll also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s birth with Yardbird Suite. This is one of Parker’s most performed songs and a representation of the genre-busting breakthrough he and his fellow musicians made when developing new sounds and practices – the language of Bebop.

Join us for an evening celebration with Urban musicians!
 

Save the date and come back for a direct link to the show!

Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret Premieres December 4


This year’s fall musical production, Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret, is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: women’s right to vote. With this timely centenary as our inspiration, the cast chose speeches and songs from our country’s history that speak to struggle, empowerment and justice.

Students in the production researched figures from historical moments like the suffrage, Civil Rights and women’s liberation movements, as well as current struggles like #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and modern voting rights. Songs from 15 different musicals, including Wicked, Into the Woods, Hadestown, Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen, will be performed, interspersed with verbatim speeches from historical and contemporary figures.

We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.
-Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1866

Years from now, our children will ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high? And we will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did.
-Kamala Harris, 2020

Note the new date!
Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret livestreams on YouTube Premiere on Friday, December 4, at 7 pm. The performance is free.

Go HERE to access the show. The video will be only be live prior to showtime at 7 pm.

Director: John Warren
Musical Director: Erin Neff
Assistant Music Director: Christopher Hewitt
Orchestrator: Rob Reich
Sound Engineer: Dan Feiszli

Natalia A
Molly B
Morgan B
Lilia C
Audrey D
Isabel D
Mikee E
Eliana H

Ella J
Philo J
Bluma L
Kikani L
Anna M
Orrie R
Maddie T
Juniper W

Urban's Green Team Launches Website


Urban's Green Team student organization has inspired and implemented sustainable initiatives across campus for years, including eliminating plastic bag use across all faculty/staff offices, reducing waste while encouraging composting and Terracycling, and working with the Flik Food service team to create Meatless Monday and other vegetarian and vegan food choices.

Members of the Green Team recently launched an interactive website by and for students and adults! Learn about sustainable everyday practices, like handmade face masks and DIY beauty products. Discover recipes for yummy vegetarian dishes, and explore ways to take action on environmental justice, from petitions on saving wildlife, to news and resources on the California wildfires.

Explore the comprehensive site here

Urban Students Co-Author Stop AAPI Hate Report

(photo: Ben ('20) and Cassie ('21) at Fall 2019 All-School Club Fair recruiting Urban API members.)

Last spring, Urban's Asian Pacific Islander Affinity organization (API) invited Dr. Russell Jeung, professor of Asian-American Studies at San Francisco State University, to speak about the rise in sinophobia during Covid-19, racial profiling, and his work with Stop AAPI Hate. After seeing the amount of support and engagement from the school during and following the forum, Dr. Jeung became inspired to launch a national campaign to get other youth involved in the movement.

This past summer, Urban students participated with 90 other youth around the coutry on the Stop AAPI Hate youth-led campaign to promote racial equality and enact legislation to prevent future acts of anti-Asian hate/violence. The students were engaged in many different projects over the course of the summer, including launching a social media campaign to encourage youth to report experienced or witnessed incidents of discrimination, and participating in the stories campaign, where interns interviewed fellow AAPI youth about their feelings and experiences with anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic. Urban students also created educational resources and wrote a policy report outlining how schools can take action to tackle racial bullying.

You can read the report here, and both NBC news and the SF Examiner feature Urban students and their work on this important project.

Thank you to all our Urban student volunteers/interns and their phenomenal faculty advisors Jessica Yen and Ratna Kamath for all their support and mentorship on this important work.

Participating Urban students include:

Cassie E (‘21)
Caroline W (‘22)
Ben N (‘20)
Athena M (‘22)
Kailene A (‘22)
Alex L (‘22)

Gracie V (‘21)
Maggie L (‘21)
Caleb L (‘22)
Emma C (‘22)
Maya C (‘22)
Sarah K ('22)