On January 22, 372 intrepid alumni braved torrential downpours to attend the annual Los Angeles alumni brunch. Guest artists Aubrey Logan ’10 and pianist Kazumi Shimokawa ’10 performed two original songs, with Logan enchanting with her extraordinary vocal range, poignant melodies and lyrics, and virtuosic trombone soloing.
President Roger Brown told the crowd, “Art, music, and culture actually make society stronger and better able to survive. Don’t let people devalue the importance of what you do.” Keynote speakers Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, former band members of Prince and the Revolution, are now Emmy-winning composers for TV and film. They shared the ideal they seek in songwriting. “A song has to break your own heart. If it does, that’s when you know it’s done,” Melvoin said. After a bit more networking, the crowd dodged raindrops in returning to their cars.