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Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland CA   

The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music

Upcoming Events:
Friday, October 7 2022 8:00 PM
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Darius Milhaud Concert 2022

Mills Music Now
Friday, October 7, 2022 | 8:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall

Presented by the Mills College at Northeastern University Music Department


La Muse Ménagère (The Household Muse), Op. 245
Album des Six (with Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre)
Saudades Do Brasil, Op. 67

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at Eventbrite:

A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Grammy® nominated Genevieve Feiwen Lee has thrilled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. She enjoys music that challenges her to go outside of her comfort zone to sing, speak, act, and play new instruments. She has appeared as a soloist in France, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Poland, and the Netherlands. She recorded Kurt Rohde’s ONE for speaking pianist (Innova), works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin on Elements (Albany), and appears on five other CDs. In the local area, Ms. Lee has been a guest performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music series at Disney Hall, Southwest Chamber Music, Jacaranda, Piano Spheres and the Hear Now New Music Festival. She’s a founding member of the Mojave Trio and performed in Carnegie Hall with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. She is Professor of Music at Pomona College, California.


The great, influential, and prolific French composer, Darius Milhaud, taught at Mills College from 1940 to 1971. The Mills Music Department presents an annual concert honoring Milhaud’s music in programs including works by related composers. The Milhaud concerts are funded by the Class of 1945 Darius Milhaud Performance Endowment. Established in 1995 by the Class of 1945 at its 50th Reunion, the endowment has supported annual concerts featuring the music of Darius Milhaud. The Class of 1945 was among the first to graduate during Milhaud’s tenure at Mills. Their vision and generosity is a fitting tribute to his inspirational teaching and artistry. The Music Department is grateful to the Class of 1945 for ensuring that Milhaud’s music will continue to exert a strong influence at Mills in the years to come.
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Music in the Fault Zone

Experimental Music at Mills College (1939 to the present)

Presented by Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music

A four-day festival of concerts celebrating the Music Department's extraordinary musical legacy and bringing together musical luminaries from Mills' past, present and future includes work by: Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Daniel Schmidt, Darius Milhaud, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Henry Cowell, Steed Cowart, and more.

Since the late 1930s and early 1940s, when Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, and John Cage taught at Mills, composers have made path-breaking contributions to the development of experimental music. The French composer Darius Milhaud (1892–1974) started teaching at Mills in the fall of 1940. Like Cage, Milhaud composed music for ensembles of percussion instruments and also had a reputation as a musical agent provocateur. The musical radicalism that took root at Mills during this early period has evolved in many directions. In the fall of 1966 the San Francisco Tape Music Center moved to Mills and later became the Center for Contemporary Music, which placed Mills at the cutting-edge of experimental music. Composers in the Mills Music Department have developed electronic music fusing visual, theatrical as well as musical elements. They have created multimedia works with sound and light. Mills composers have played leading roles in the development of computer music; created a new genre of experimental opera-for-television; designed new forms of live electronic music and interactive works with acoustic instruments and electronic media. They have devised musical artificial intelligence systems and computer music networks, explored musical interactivity on the Internet, and have challenged traditional distinctions between written composition and improvisation.

All festival events will take place in the beautiful, historic Music Building and Lisser Hall on the Mills College campus in Oakland, California and will also be available online via live stream presentation.

Registration can be found Here.

More information can be found at 

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