ARTS NEWS AND EVENTS

Wind and Symphony Performances

Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:30pm to Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:30pm

Mission Viejo, California-The Department of Music at Saddleback College is pleased to present two dynamic concerts under the baton of Maestro Yorgos Kouritas.On Friday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m., the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble opens its fall semester with an evening performance featuring works by Sparke, Meij, Leemans, Roost, Whitacre, and a Big Band Bash.On Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m., the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present Schubert’s Symphony #8, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Stamitz’s Viola Concerto.

Both concerts take place in the beautiful McKinney Theatre. Tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656, Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order tickets online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.
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Yorgos Kouritas was a prize winner for the prestigious American Prize in Conducting in 2012. In December 2012, Dr. Kouritas was a participant in the Virginia Symphony Conducting Workshop and was awarded the Outstanding Participant prize by the internationally known conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester. His extensive background in conducting includes being the Assistant Conductor of the Boise Philharmonic and Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in addition to working with Cincinnati Symphony (and its Youth Orchestra), and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the Boise Philharmonic in Idaho several times. Highlights of his career include being selected by Lorin Maazel as Conducting Fellow and receiving great reviews by the Washington Post and Washington Times. He has also been chosen to study twice with the famous German conductor Kurt Masur. Orchestras he has worked with include Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Castleton Festival Orchestra, Lucca Festival Orchestra, Ithaca College Symphony, Fingerlakes Symphony, Ossia Ensemble, Rochester Composer’s Sinfonietta, Pleven, Plovdiv and Bacau Philharmonics.

Saddleback’s Instrumental Studies Department is privileged to have some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Symphony as its instructors. This semester the department will be hosting master classes by distinguished violinists such as Haroutune Bedelian and Guillaume Sutre. Previously, master classes have been taught by Martin Chalifour and William Fitzpatrick. 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. Last April, he was honored to work with Carl St. Clair in the Ithaca Conducting Master class. In June, he was selected by the Baltimore Symphony to work in a master class with Gerard Schwarz (former Seattle Symphony’s Music Director).

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 visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.  

Metal Extinction Art Exhibition and Artists' Reception

Date: 
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00pm to Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:00pm

Mission Viejo, CA – The Saddleback College Art Gallery is pleased to present “Metal Extinction” Using Metal to Honor and Make Permanent our Vanishing World on September 8th through October 2nd in the Saddleback College Art Gallery. The Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC) is honored to present its premier national juried exhibition which was open to those working in the field of Jewelry, Metalsmithing, and Enameling. Over 50 original works will be displayed and many will be for sale to the public. The distinguished panel of jurors includes David Freda, Barbara Hendricks, and Marne Ryan. MASSC…” challenged the artists to honor and commemorate extinct and endangered species in works of metal that show mastery in technique to the beauty and grace of the vanishing natural world.” Concurrently featured will be the award winners from a jewelry competition highlighting works done by students of the Saddleback College jewelry and the Emeritus classes. For further information the Metal Arts Society of Southern California, please visit www.massconline.com.

tomatohornwormdetail.jpgThe exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday noon to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 8:00 p.m. The Gallery will also be open Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12 only the night of the artists’ reception on September 13th.  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 third 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 www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.  

 

Peter White Guests on Breakfast with Gary & Kelly

Date: 
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College radio station KSBR 88.5FM and the City of Mission Viejo are proud to announce that chart-topping guitarist Peter White will guest on the next “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly” radio for TV broadcast on Saturday, October 4th. The Saturday morning radio show will broadcast live starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo. 

A studio audience will be welcomed in for the 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon show; doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the final hour being videotaped for later broadcast. The program airs on the City of Mission Viejo’s MVTV Channel 30 and will also air on Saddleback College’s SCTV Channel 39 throughout the Cox Communication cable system in south Orange County. Past shows are also available anytime on YouTube. The audience will be admitted free of charge but seating is limited.  Reservations can be made online at www.ksbr.org.

Peter White embarked on his solo career after two decades with Al Stewart. Smile, set for release October 7th, is his 14th as a leader and his scintillating, contemporary jazz sound is buttressed by his equally-impressive command of several instruments and augmented by an impressive array of special guests. These guests include vocalist Mindi Abair, trumpeter Rick Braun, soprano saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, violinist (and daughter) Charlotte White, Ramon Yslas on bongos, and vocalist Stevo Theard. The new tracks once again reflect the wide reach of White’s musical horizons, branching out into R&B, classical, and world music vistas.peterwhite_smile_cd_cover_lr.jpg

Now in its fourth season on TV, past guests on “Breakfast with Gary & Kelly” have included Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Jonathan Butler, Debbie Reynolds, Linda Evans, David Benoit, Peter White, Diane Schuur, Keiko Matsui, Rick Braun, Paul Brown, Bill Cantos, Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Spencer Day, and more.  Gary and Kelly have conducted numerous remote broadcasts from locations all over Southern California, including the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach and Catalina Island, and they have hosted many celebrity guests.

KSBR is a community service of Saddleback College.  The program continues the partnership between Saddleback College and the City of Mission Viejo. For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for this very special October 4th show, please tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit their website at www.ksbr.org

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.

Bicycles and Jazz at Saddleback College

Date: 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Mission Viejo, CA—On Monday, August 25th at 7:30 p.m., cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum performs a jazz duet with bassist Mark Dresser in the McKinney Theatre. Bynum will be nearing the end of his five-week, 1800-mile Acoustic Bicycle Tour down the west coast by the time he reaches Saddleback College. He began his “composition journey” in a sunset solo on August 28th in Vancouver, BC and he’ll be pedaling from the Angel City Jazz Festival ready to join jazz bassist Mark Dresser for a duet on the McKinney stage then on to San Diego and to finish up on October 1st at a sunrise solo in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Bynum is a Boston-area cornetist whose wide-ranging musical interests include free jazz, modern composition, and interdisciplinary projects with dancers and filmmakers. A central figure in avant-garde jazz for more than three decades, Los Angeles-native Mark Dresser emerged out of the vital but often overlooked Southern California free jazz scene in the early 1970s.

Tickets are $10 general and $7 students/seniors.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 949-582-4656 (Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4:00 p.m.) or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

Jazz Studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance. Focusing on the historical, theoretical, and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally-recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty. Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos.  Students in Jazz Studies at Saddleback College have transferred to prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, University of California at San Diego, and other regional institutions.  Some of our alumni have gone on to play professionally with Frank Zappa, Diana Ross, and other high-profile artists and organizations.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy 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.

ho_bynum_for_web.jpgLocated 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.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Date: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:30pm to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:30pm

Mission Viejo, CA – The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; with additional material by Jay Reiss. This hilarious musical directed by Scott Farthing and musically directed by Lex Leigh features an eclectic group of six tweens vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. “Plasma TV in a fancy hotel -- Where they treat you well --All because you love to spell!” If you love to spell, you could compete with these rambunctious characters as an audience participant or if you love to laugh, come and see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on October 17th-19th in the Studio Theatre at Saddleback College.  

Dates:  October 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 7:30 p.m. and October 19, 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

spellingbee2.jpgThe Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy 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 third 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 www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.