Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cuyamaca College Chamber Music series concludes with May 20 performance

The inaugural season of a new chamber concert series at Cuyamaca College featuring renowned international musicians concludes Sunday, May 20, with a performance by the Soleil Quartet, a group comprising four esteemed members of the San Diego Symphony.
           The Soleil Quartet, which takes the stage at Cuyamaca College’s Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, is set to play pieces by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and John Biggs. The 6 p.m. concert is the last of five this spring that are part of the newly launched ECHO Chamber Music Series, with ECHO being an acronym for the East County Harmonics Organization.
          The ECHO Chamber Music Series is underwritten by East County resident Sam Ersan, a vice chair at the San Diego Symphony’s Board of Directors who established the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund at UC San Diego and whose philanthropy includes founding two chamber music groups, the Camera Lucida piano quartet and the Myriad Trio.
           Ersan said he was looking at venues for a new chamber concert series in the East County and settled on Cuyamaca College because of the location and the welcoming reception he received from college administrators.
           “In its inaugural season, the ECHO Chamber Music Series at Cuyamaca College has had dazzling performances from some of the world’s great artists, and it is establishing itself as the center for great music in East County,” Ersan said. “A brilliant second season is planned, which will be performed by artists and ensembles at the top of the profession, and with a focus too, on wonderful musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Cuyamaca College has shown great enthusiasm for the ECHO series, much to our delight. We look forward to years of great musical evenings to come.”
           The May 20 concert includes performers familiar to those who follow the San Diego Symphony. The Soleil Quartet includes Jisun Yang, the Assistant Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and a former violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Chi-Yuan Chen, who holds the Karen and Warren Kessler Chair as Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and has established himself as one of the leading violists of his generation; Xian Zhuo, who joined the San Diego Symphony in 2014 and who in 2013 was selected as one of the top 10 young Chinese cellists; and Nuvi Mehta, a violinist who serves the San Diego Symphony as pre-concert lecturer, multi-media presenter and community outreach ambassador.
           Tickets for the May 20 concert are $15 at the door ($5 for students), or $10 if reserved in advance. Reservations can be made by calling (619) 660-4288, or by visiting