April 6, 2007

Cecil Lytle to Perform the Second Annual “Evening with Cecil Lytle” Fund-Raising Concert for Gompers Charter Middle School

Award winning musician, Dr. Cecil Lytle, will play “Classical Masterpieces and Jazz Stylings” in a trio with Rob Thorsen on string bass and Brett Sanders, a Gompers Charter alumnus, on drums. UCSD’s Gospel Choir, conducted by Ken Anderson, and the Gompers Charter Middle School choir will perform the second half of the show. The concert will be held in the GCMS auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on April 19th. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tax deductible tickets are $35 to raise funds for technology, learning programs and supplemental instruction.

Last year, Dr. Lytle’s classical piano performance of Franz Shubert’s Six Waltzes and Franz Liszt’s Scherzo & March was a great success. “Everyone loved the performance. The concert earned around $7000, which purchased desperately needed computers, supplies for the Encore sports, art and music program and uniforms for students” said the fundraising committee chairperson, Michelle Evans.

Former Provost of UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College and current Professor of Music, Dr. Lytle is hailed by critics as a “versatile virtuoso,” who expertly performs 19th and 20th century music. Passionate about parent involvement and charter school development, Dr. Lytle, has dedicated much of his time to improving education for local youth and has been a key figure in reforming education in California.

As a new school, GCMS is still in need of private support for technology, supplemental instruction and education programs (like the Saturday academy), supplies and equipment for extracurricular activities like music, arts and sports. Proceeds go toward partial fulfillment of a generous matching grant from the Weil Foundation.

To purchase tax deductible tickets or make donations, please contact Michelle Evans during school hours at (619) 263-2171, ext. 2150.

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