A memorial, concert and reception to honor the late Shaun Naidoo, the award-winning composer and professor who wrote the sweeping fanfare for Chapman University’s 150th Anniversary, has been planned for Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The “Reflection & Celebration” will be at 6:30 p.m. in Salmon Recital Hall. A tribute concert will follow at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The concert program will showcase some of the professor’s major works, performed by his colleagues and friends, for whom he wrote the music. A reception will follow in Argyros Forum 209.
Naidoo passed away May 18. His contributions to the University will long be remembered, from his many special compositions for fellow faculty, to the contributions he made in shaping the programs within the Conservatory of Music, said Amy Graziano, associate professor and chair of Chapman’s Conservatory of Music.
“Chapman’s reputation as one of the best music programs on the West Coast is due in no small part to Shaun Naidoo’s restructuring of our basic core music theory program,” Graziano said. “He threw himself into participating in all important, big events and projects that involved the conservatory. And he made us all laugh. He was one of a kind – the sheer presence he had, the accent, the humor, the dedication, the fierce loyalty. He will be missed.”