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‘Entrances and Exits’ dance April 14-16

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–The Grossmont College Dance Department will present  its annual faculty-choreographed student dance concert “Entrances and Exits.”   Concert dates and times are Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 and 7:30pm at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Avenue, San Diego 92115. 

This year, concert directors Kathy Meyer and David Mullen, along with other faculty choreographers have produced an exciting special event—a collaboration with local musicians performing live on stage as accompaniment to each dance.  Along with a stunning collection of dances in various genres including modern dance, salsa, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop, this concert will feature musical pieces by the Grossmont College Gospel Choir, directed by Ken Anderson; the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, directed by Derek Cannon; classical composer and performer Kristopher Apple and professional percussionist Amir Etemadzadeh.

A special pre-sale ticket price of $8 is available for Grossmont College faculty and staff at the ASGC ticket window.  This special pre-sale rate is good for one ticket per faculty or staff member with college ID. General admission ticket price is $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door.
Ticket pre-sale ends at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 13. For more information, call 619-644-7766.

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The cool sounds of jazz will be featured on campus Dec. 5

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Music Department will present “Jazz Night,” an evening of Grossmont College students performing a recital of various styles of jazz music, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Room 220 on the campus. The public is invited to attend.

Also performing at the event will be Grossmont College Music Dept. co-chair Derek Cannon and Kamau Kenyatta of the Cannon/Kenyatta Project. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children. For more event information, phone the Grossmont College Music Department at (619) 644-7254.

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With hard work and talent, Ian Owen builds his career in music

Keyboard, guitar, piano--Ian Owen plays them all (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

Photos and story by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Everyday a new musician is born. From Country, Rock, and hip-hop an artist emerges. But where do these people start, what drives them to make the sacrifices they make, and push to get into the music industry?

Recently I sat down with musician Ian Owen to talk about his path in Music. Owen is a local San Diego musician, who has played in a fair amount of bands, and keeps pushing to get his music out there. Attending Grossmont College, he credits talented professors with helping him to acquire a trained ear for finding the right notes in his creative process of songwriting.

Owen says his school experience has been important for a variety of reasons. He has met other talented peers, some of whom have joined him in creating music.  He said he also has benefitted from connections forged with the help of such professors as Fred Benedetti and Derek Cannon.

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Juanita Browne personifies life-long learning concept

By Masada Ellis

Masada Ellis

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — A calm essence surrounds the patiently waiting Dr. Juanita Browne as she sits in her motorized chair in front of the Music Department building 222, waiting for her class to begin. Dr. Browne is not there to teach the class.  She’s there to be a student. 

Ten years into Retirement following a 25-year career as a member of the Grossmont faculty, she says she is enjoying this role reversal. “The role that I ‘play’ is the role of the student (which I am) nothing else,” states Dr. Browne. “I am not active on Grossmont’s Campus. I find it challenging enough to be a student.”

She has taken a multitude of classes at Grossmont including Cross Cultural Studies with Dr. T. Ford and A. Danny Martinez; Spanish I to IV and CSpanish Conversation I and 2 with Paul Vincent and E. Talamantes; Sociology with Israel Cardona and numeorous history courses. 

In the Music Department, Browne has studied with Dean Steve Baker, Derek Cannon, Paul Kurokawa, Kenneth Ard, M. Grinnell. M. Rodewald and Kenneth Anderson,  She is now studying  with Professors Cannon and Anderson. 

“I believe education is extremely important and that one can always learn,” she stated. 

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