Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Concerto Gala by Rising Stars at Saddleback College

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Mission Viejo, CA.  The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Branden Muresan,  will present the winners of the Annual Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition on Saturday, March 10th at 8pm in the McKinney Theatre. 

Conducted by Branden Muresan, this varied program features newly discovered young musical talent.  Featured soloists are Saddleback students Chris Healy, cellist, and Saddleback College student Suzanne Kite, violinist.  The program includes Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers); Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Movement 1; Gabriel Faure: Elegy Op. 24 for Cello and Orchestra; and Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 Op. 95 From the New World.

A pre-concert interactive lecture will be presented by Dr. Donald Barra, Founding Director of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, from 7:15 to 7:45 pm.  Dr. Barra holds an A.B. degree from the Eastman School of Music, an M.S. degree from the Juilliard School of Music, and an Ed. D. from Columbia University. He taught and conducted at Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, New York University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and other institutions. He conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Europe including the Moscow Philharmonic, Wheeling, Denver, Annapolis, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Regina (Canada), Cleveland, Lexington, Pittsburgh, Amarillo, Kansas City, and Cannes -Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur (France). For 21 years he was Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at San Diego State University and Artistic Director of The San Diego Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (noon-4, Tues-Sat) to order your tickets or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California:  a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses.  The nationally recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history and appreciation of western art music, rock, jazz and world.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visitwww.saddleback.edu.  For Fine Arts events, visit www.saddleback.edu/arts

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