Wednesday, February 24, 2016

March Instrumental Studies Concerts at Saddleback directed by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -- Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, Director of Instrumental Studies at Saddleback College, will present two concerts and a master class on the weekend of March 11th-12th.

On Friday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre, Directed by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble will present their first concert of the spring semester.

On Saturday, March 12th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in FA 101, a violin master class will be held by Henry Gronnier, 1st violinist with the Rossetti String Quartet and violin professor at USC's Thornton School of Music. Saddleback violin students will perform.  Admission is free for this master class.

On Saturday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre, Conducted by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra presents Music Teacher’s Association of California Concerto Competition winners Elisa Yang, piano, Lauren DeMarco, vocalist, and Kristine Lu, piano, in performance.

Tickets for the McKinney concerts are $10 general; $7 students/seniors (presale). Call 949-582-4656 (noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) or online at Please note that the master class on March 12th at 4:30 p.m. is free.

Saddleback’s Instrumental Studies Department is privileged to have some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Symphony as its instructors. The department has hosted master classes by distinguished violinists such as Eric Silberger, Movses Pogossian, Martin Beaver, Martin Chalifour, William Fitzpatrick, Haroutune Bedelian, and Guillaume Sutre. The Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble tackle some of the most difficult pieces such as Verdi’s and Brahms’ Requiems. Dr. Kouritas is also teaching violin, viola and chamber music and has performed recently several violin recitals. Recently, he was honored to work with Carl St. Clair in the Ithaca Conducting Master class. In June 2014, he was selected by the Baltimore Symphony to work in a master class with Gerard Schwarz (former Seattle Symphony’s Music Director).

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, piano, music technology and commercial music.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history and appreciation of western art music, music business, rock, jazz and world music.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway 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 visit and for Fine Arts information, please visit  

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