Mission Viejo, California. The Department of Music at Saddleback College is pleased to present the Wind Ensemble’s Spring Celebration under the baton of faculty member Maestro Yorgos Kouritas. On Friday, May 10th at 8 pm in the McKinney Theatre, the evening performance will feature a wide selection of dances, marches and other well-known pieces such as: Ticheli’s Shenandoah, Smetana’s Three Revolutionary Marches, Mozart’s Impresario Overture, Khachaturian’s Armenian Folk Song and Dance, Creston’s Celebration Overture and Nelson’s Courtly Airs and Dances.
Tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors. Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656, Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 pm or order your tickets online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.
Mr. Kouritas has an extensive background in conducting which includes being the Assistant Conductor of the Boise Philharmonic and Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. On February 8th he conducted the Boise Philharmonic, featuring the music of the leading American composer Ben Model, accompanying silent movies. The orchestra played live during the films with the guidance of Mr. Kouritas as conductor. In December, he was chosen among 70 applicants for a prestigious conducting workshop with the Virginia Symphony that was taught by internationally-known conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester.
The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California. Within the Department there exists a variety of specialized areas which permit students to explore and develop individual skills under the guidance of highly qualified music practitioners. The faculty's academic achievements are combined with vast practical experience which benefits the career-minded student as well as the individual with a more general interest. Student musicians are given the opportunity to perform in concerts, recitals and other performance situations both on and off campus. Music facilities include an electronic piano lab, Pro Tools HD recording studio, choral and instrumental rehearsal and recital halls, and soundproof practice rooms.
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.