For seven decades, Mills College in Oakland has nurtured a remarkable number of cutting-edge composers. The faculty has included Luciano Berio, Darius Milhaud and Terry Riley. Among the students have been Dave Brubeck, Morton Subotnick, William Bolcom and Steve Reich. Consequently, the concert hall on the Oakland foothills campus has echoed with game-changing music. Nicole Paiement conducts a chorus in the newly renovated hall, which will be reinaugurated with a monthlong series of concerts beginning Feb. 21.
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