German Musicians- Rebecca Rust and Friedrich Edelmann and the Kensington Symphony Orchestra

to perform

Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:00 pm

El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater

An afternoon of classical music with cellist Rebecca Rust, and bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann.

The Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Geoffrey Gallegos, Music Director and Conductor with

Guest Soloist Lisa Houston

$10.00 at the door

Contact Donna Houser: 510 524 9468


A year ago, Rebecca Rust approached the ECHS Archiving Project about the possibility of doing a fundraiser for our scholarship program in memory of her father, Ben Rust.

Ben Rust (1913-1974) taught as ECHS for over 30 years. The students of El Cerrito High School dedicated the 1965 Yearbook to their favorite teacher, Ben Rust.

On Sunday, February 2nd at 2:00PM, the El Cerrito High School Archiving Project will host a Ben Rust Memorial Classical Music concert. Cellist Rebecca Rust together with bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann of Munich will perform pieces by Fauré, Schumann, Saint-Saens and others.  The Kensington Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces by Wagner and Brahms.

Ben Rust was an educator, author, historian and craftsman and a prominent figure in the faculty of ECHS and in the community. Mr. Rust began teaching in 1939 after graduation from University of California, Berkeley.  During World War II he was an engineer, ship fitter and a draftsman. He was President of the California Federation of Teachers for seven years at the local and county levels.

In 1958, Mr. Rust wrote a paper titled Study on the Costs of Classroom Instruction which resulted in the passing of two state education laws.  He was educational consultant for the Senate Governmental Administration and Efficiency Committees.

Mr. Rust’s daughter, cellist Rebecca Rust, lives in Germany with her bassoonist husband Friedrich Edelmann.  Ms. Rust, who began cello lessons with the Berkeley “Grand Dame” of cello, Margaret Rowell and continued studies with Bernard Greenhouse and Mstislav  Rostropovich,  has concertized in Europe, America, Africa, Israel, Japan, and China. Greenhouse said of her, “Rebecca Rust is what I consider one of the important young cellists to come from the American musical scene”.  In Japan, she has performed several times at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

German bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann was principal bassoonist with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra  from 1977 until 2004 under the two principal conductors Sergiu Celibidache and James Levine as well as under Giulini, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Blomstedt, Masur, Böhm, Solti. His solo playing and teaching has taken him to Europe, Japan, U.S.A., Israel, South America and China.

Dramatic soprano Lisa Houston has sung leading roles with numerous opera companies in California, including Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera, Golden Gate Opera, Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Pacific Repertory Opera, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre and Townsend Opera. Lisa has performed frequently as soloist in concert and song, including performances of Handel’s Messiah with various choruses and orchestras and a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise in Berlin. Lisa has been soloist with Marin Oratorio, the Winifred Baker Chorale and the San Francisco Camerata. As an actress, Lisa worked in New York and throughout Europe, where she performed in various works of stage director Robert Wilson. As a writer, Lisa is a frequent contributor to Classical Singer Magazine and the creator of the Singer’s Spirit. Lisa is a past recipient of the Bay Area Performing Arts Fellowship.

All proceeds from the Ben Rust Memorial Classical Music Concert will go to the El Cerrito High School Archiving Project to fund scholarships for seniors planning on attending college and for the maintenance of the school’s history museum.

The concert will be held at El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito.

General admission tickets are $10.00 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Donna House at 510-508-6830 or





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