Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yorgos Kouritas conducts annual Festival Finale includes Lincolnshire Posy by Grainger and Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California.  On Friday, March 15th at 8 pm, the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble closes its annual festival with an evening performance featuring some of the most well-known favorites such as Lincolnshire Posy by Grainger and Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky.

On Saturday, March 16th at 8 pm, the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of the 2013 Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition. Featured performers are First Place Concerto Competition winner pianist Jake Clayton, second place winner Lauren Graham, vocalist, and third place winner Kenichi Kiyama, violinist.  The program includes Mozart No. 23 in A major (K.488) – 3rd movement, Bernstein’s Glitter and Be Gay and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole – 1st movement and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, which also has a violin solo.

Mr. Kouritas has an extensive background in conducting which includes being the Assistant Conductor of the Boise Philharmonic and Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. On February 8th he conducted the Boise Philharmonic, featuring the music of the leading American composer Ben Model, accompanying silent movies. The orchestra played live during the films with the guidance of Mr. Kouritas as conductor. In December, he was chosen among 70 applicants for a prestigious conducting workshop with the Virginia Symphony that was taught by internationally-known conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester.

Both concerts take place in the beautiful McKinney Theatre. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656, Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 pm or order your tickets online at

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.

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 over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please and for Fine Arts information, please visit  

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