A special afternoon of classical music on Sunday will pay tribute to a longtime and influential El Cerrito High School educator and benefit scholarships and the ECHS museum.
The Ben Rust Memorial Classical Music Concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Performing Arts Center at the school, 540 Ashbury Ave., will feature the Kensington Symphony Orchestra performing works by Wagner and Brahms, joined by special guest soloist Lisa Houston, cellist Rebecca Rust and German bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann.
Ben Rust, a 1939 graduate of UC Berkeley, "was an educator, author, historian and craftsman and a prominent figure in the faculty of ECHS and in the community," notes the El Cerrito High School Archiving Project, which is sponsoring the concert.
Rust was a longtime leader at the local and county levels of the California Federation of Teachers and assisted state legislators as educational consultant for the Senate Governmental Administration and Efficiency Committees.
His daughter, acclaimed cellist Rebecca Rust, lives in Germany with her bassoonist husband Friedrich Edelmann, and both are coming to perform at the concert here.
Soprano Lisa Houston, meanwhile, has had leading roles with such companies as Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera, Golden Gate Opera, Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Pacific Repertory Opera, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre and Townsend Opera.
It all adds up to what should be a memorable afternoon of music.
Tickets are $10 each, available at the door or in advance by contacting Donna Houser at 510-508-6830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the 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.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave., will pay tribute to the work that has been done on the historic World War II cargo ship SS Red Oak Victory and the volunteers dedicated to its restoration.
"For the Love of OUR Ship," the museum's first exhibit of the new year, opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 that will include music, refreshments and a chance to meet and talk with the volunteers at the Red Oak, docked at the Port of Richmond.
The reception is free and open to the public. Also check out the refurbished and painted main gallery at the museum while you're there.
For more details call 510-235-7387 or 510-237-2933, or visit www.richmondmuseumofhistory.org.
The film, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, was the first of a popular series of films that ensued.
Cerrito Classics are co-hosted by Friends of the Cerrito and all tickets are $8. Getting tickets in advance for the popular series is advised. For more details visit www.rialtocinemas.com/cerrito under the "Special Events" section.
For more details call the Richmond Library reference desk at 510-620-6561.
Singled out for special appreciation for their ongoing help are Debbie Ojeda and the Rotary Club of Pinole.