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Rucksack with Geeta Novotny at NACUSA Los Angeles Conference

  • Brand Library 1601 W. Mountain Street Glendale, CA (map)

Geeta Novotny performs Rucksack, my monodrama about Julianne Heyman’s harrowing escape from the Nazis only to get arrested by police in the United States on suspicion of prostitution—because she had a hiking backpack! (unusual in the U.S. in the 1940s). This concert is the culmination of the NACUSA 85th anniversary conference.Saturday, JULY 21, 2018

NACUSA Los Angeles, 85th Anniversary Celebration

Brand Library and Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain Street

Glendale, California

Conference, Picnic, Reunion, Recital

Free and Open to the Public; Free Parking; Casual Dress


10:30 am Registration; 10:50 am Welcoming Remarks.

11 am Richard Derby, “Jan Karlin’s book, What’s Next? Creativity in the Age of Entertainment

11:30 am Panel discussion: THE FUTURE OF CONCERT MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES: Carolyn Yarnell, Carla Bartlett, Jack Van Zandt, and Russell Steinberg

12:15 pm Adrienne Albert: “Working with Leonard Bernstein”

12:30 pm Lunch-Picnic in the Park (bring your own paper bag lunch; cold drinks and dessert will be provided).

1:30 pm History of NACUSA-Recognition of former leaders and contributors.

1:45 pm Publishing and Promoting Your Music

Dave Black, Senior Vice President, Alfred Music Publishing Company

Christine Clark, Owner and President, Theodore Front Musical Literature

2:30-3 pm William Toutant: Homage to Debussy

3 pm-3:45 pm Inspiration for Concert Music from Traditional Musics: Bali, Ghana, China, and The Americas, with Paul Humphries: Moderator and Presenter; Deon Nielsen Price speaking on the music of Gertrude Rivers Robinson; and Elisabeth Waldo

4 pm RECITAL (composers and performers to be announced)

Program subject to change and additions.


About NACUSA Los Angeles: “We engage our community through the creation, performance, and promotion of contemporary musical art, while providing resources and opportunities to Southern California composers and performers.  We are an educational, nonprofit organization with 501c3 status. We provide free concerts of contemporary music in the greater Southern California area.” NACUSA Los Angeles is committed to presenting free concerts on new concert music in the Los Angeles area. Visit the NACUSA-LA website and FaceBook page.