Friday, April 27, 2012

Guitarreando: Guitar Story-Telling at Saddleback College

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Department of Music at Saddleback College is scheduled to  present Guitar Stories on Sunday, May 6th at 7:30 pm in the McKinney Theatre. 

Canadian Guitarist Alexander Dunn performs selections from Tedesco's Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195, with short films based on Goya by Canadian artist Daniel Laskarin and guitarist Randy Pile focuses on the music of Spain’s most famous composer of the 20th century, JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo and the father of Brazil’s national music, Heitor Villa-Lobos

Tickets are $20 general; $15 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (Tues-Sat, noon-4 pm) or online at

Francisco Goya's images, Los Caprichos, are a dark journey through the mindscape of the artist. Set to music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Capricho! combines live music with digital projections.  Canadian classical guitarist Alexander Dunn has performed to enthusiastic acclaim in Canada, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia, China, South Africa, western and eastern Europe, and Russia. In solo recital, concerto, and chamber music he is consistently praised for his musicality, technique and rich sound. An experienced chamber musician, he has worked with principal players from the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik (Toronto), in duo concerts with guitarists Pepe Romero, and with numerous other musicians and vocalists. He has been a featured soloist with the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony, Malaga Sinfonico, New England Symphony, and many major US orchestras as a guest artist with Los Romeros.
Alexander Dunn

Saddleback College faculty member and classical guitarist Randy Pile trained in the Old World tradition of sophisticated elegance, tempered in the New World exploration of flamboyant virtuosity, and distilled through flawless technique, has been placed within a handful of the world’s finest performers. 

As a touring artist for the California Arts Council, Randy is one of the most sought after performers of his generation, both at home and abroad.  As recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician he has won acclaim for his rich tone, powerful technique, graceful interpretations and sensitive musicianship.  His international following has been gained through performances in the USA, Europe, Canada and the South Pacific with appearances in major music festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aspen Music Festival, Salzburg Mozart Festival, the Malaga Music Festival, the Northwest Guitar Festival, and New Zealand’s Summer Festivals.

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.
Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free 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.

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 visit  For Fine Arts events, visit

No comments: