Tuesday, September 19, 2017

World-Class Musicians Highlight 2017 Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College

Talk about taking it up a notch. The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts. 

             The Camera Lucida Piano Trio will play music by Mozart and Brahms during an Oct. 3 concert at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater. The Camera Lucida Piano Trio comprises pianist Reiko Uchida, who teaches at Columbia University in New York and who has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a number of other orchestras around the world; violinist Jeff Thayer, who holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony; and internationally renowned cellist Charles Curtis, a graduate of Juilliard who teaches at UC San Diego.  

             The concert is being underwritten by Sam Ersan, who has helped transform the chamber music landscape of San Diego.
             “This is a world-class trio of absolutely amazing musicians,” said Cuyamaca College Music Department chair and professor Taylor Smith, who organizes the annual Fall Concert Series. “I’m excited about this new partnership with Mr. Ersan and what it means for Cuyamaca College and the larger East County community.” 

             The Fall Concert Series gets under way Sept. 21 with the Reka Parker Jazz Quartet exploring new interpretations from the Blue Note catalog. Following is a list of scheduled performances, all of which are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. All concerts will take place in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater in Building B. General admission tickets are $8 each, $5 for students and seniors, unless otherwise noted. Parking is free.

Thursday, Sept. 21
The Reka Parker Jazz Quartet features San Diego jazz pianist Reka Bodis-Parker, who attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston; Taylor Smith on bass; his counterpart at Grossmont College, Derek Cannon, on trumpet; and Bob Daniels on drums.

 Monday, Oct. 2
Kembang Sunda, led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java. Kembang Sunda has performed throughout Southern California since 2007.

Tuesday, Oct. 3
Camera Lucida Piano Trio will perform music by Mozart and Brahms. In addition, pianist Reiko Uchida will be joined by guest violinist and USC adjunct professor Che-Yen Chen for a sonata by Brahms. General admission tickets for this event are $15 each, $10 for staff and $5 for students.

Thursday, Oct. 5
The Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Paul Infantino, will perform contemporary and standard choral works.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Angham al-Saraq: Eastern Melodies Ensemble will perform music from the Middle East Friday, Oct. 20
The Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group comprising the top musicians from all 10 Marine bands stationed around the globe, will conclude their current tour with a performance of classic big band jazz accompanied by a group of student musicians There is no charge for this event.
Thursday, Nov. 9
The Rob Thorsen Trio, featuring bassist Rob Thorsen, pianist extraordinaire Hugo Suarez and drummer Richard Sellers, will perform contemporary jazz.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Zimbeat, a San Diego-based ensemble, will perform the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe that is based on the Shona people’s traditional instrument, the mbira Dzavadzimu. Zimbeat is a two-time nominee for the San Diego Music Awards.
Monday, Nov. 27
The Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop and Soul Ensemble will perform the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the debut solo album by the American singer and rapper that was released in 1998.
Thursday, Nov. 30.
The Cuyamaca College Choir returns to perform contemporary and standard choral works in collaboration with the Cuyamaca College Concert Band.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band will be accompanied by the Grossmont College Concert Band for the final event in this year’s Fall Concert Series. Each band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the groups will showcase several concert band masterpieces.