Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Gala

"A Musical Celebration of Oakland"  May 14, 2005 - Oakland Marriott Jewett Ballroom

Joyce Whilelaw composed original music celebrating the history and beauty of Oakland for the event's Review.  A fourteen year resident of Oakland, she chose local writers, also Oakland residents,  to create lyrics about a city they know well and love.  


She performed her music in a contemporary style using a group of professional opera singers.


As Musical Director for the entire event Joyce put together a full evening of music starting off with individual ethnic musical groups during the cocktail hour, a jazz quartet for the dinner hour, her Review, and capped off the evening with a full big band for the dance.

Click on the song title to hear an MP3 sample.


Copyright Joyce Whitelaw (music) & Dick Spees (lyrics) 2005
Performance Copyright Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 2005
Recorded at Fantasy Studios,
Berkeley California.

"Necklace of Lights"

Jessica Deardorff & Christa Pfeiffer

"Henry Kaiser"

Todd Donovan

"Oakland Chamber Song"

Todd Donovan, Mel Leroy, Jessica Deardorff & Christa Pfeiffer

"C. L. Dellums"

Mel Leroy