Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nationally-recognized harpsichordist John Metz to perform and explain how to play the harpsichord, at Saddleback College

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  as part of its Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series, Saddleback College presents nationally-recognized harpsichordist John Metz performing and explaining  how to play expressively on this historic keyboard instrument, the harpsichord, May 4th at 2:30 p.m. at the McKinney Theatre

There will be a demonstration of the harpsichord and “how harpsichord players think,” followed by a short recital. Music by Bach, Georg Muffat and the great French Baroque woman composer Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

John Metz, Harpsichordist and Pianist, received a Master’s Degree in Piano from Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Harpsichord from The Juilliard School.  From 1968 to 1978 he was Pianist in Residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  In 1980 he joined the faculty of Arizona State University where he developed an early music program and taught piano and harpsichord. He also directed the Baroque Ensemble where he coached singers and instrumentalists in baroque style. Dr. Metz performed on the Connecticut Early Music Festival every year since its inception in 1982, and he took over as Artistic Director of the Festival from 1999 to 2007.  He retired from Arizona State University in 2004 and settled in Waterford, CT. where he has been teaching piano and harpsichord.  His recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations andThree Harpsichord Suites by Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. (Summit and SoundSet Records)

 Tickets are $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID. For tickets call 949-582-4656 (Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m). or order your tickets online at any time at

 Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway 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.

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 visit  For Fine Arts events,

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