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A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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Wetzel to perform in ‘Guitar Through the Ages’ series April 10 at Junipero Serra Museum


SAN DIEGO (Press Release) –Solo guitarist Robert Wetzel, a member of the Grossmont College faculty, will perform in the San Diego History Center’s “Guitar Through the Ages” concert series at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10,  at the Junipero Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive, Presidio Park.  Tickets are $10 for students, and $12 for others.

Wetzel and fellow Grossmont faculty member Fred Benedetti, comprise the Odeum Guitar Duo, whose debut CD “Concert Hall Classics” was selected as one of the best independently produced CDs of the year 2000.

Preceding provided by San Diego History Center

Grossmont’s Dr. Gonda and Prof. Benedetti to participate in factory fire commemoration

By Alexis Jacquett  

Alexis Jacquett

SAN DIEGO –San Diego State University will host a cantata to commemorate the women who lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100 years ago. The concert on Wednesday, March 23, in Rhapsody Hall of the Music Building  is the only public event in San Diego that is being held to recognize this significant tragedy that helped shape some of the safety and labor laws today.

Yale Strom, the composer of this music piece, is in residence in the Jewish Studies program at SDSU. He “decided to write a composition to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire’s 100th Anniversary.”

Dr. Sue Gonda is President of Grossmont’s Academic Senate, as well as a Women’s History Professor at Grossmont and SDSU. She also created the U.S. Women’s History courses at Grossmont. She will introduce this cantata.

The cantata will incorporate music and poetry in the English, Italian, and Yiddish languages.  There will be poetry recited in both English and Italian, and poetry sung in Yiddish. The two Yiddish songs that will be sung are “Fire Sacrifices” which was written after the fire and “The Calm Place.” Strom wrote a poem that will be sung in English called “Stench.”  The Performers for this concert are Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz, Mark Dresser, Lou Fanucchi, and  Fred Benedetti.  The latter is a Guitarist and Music Professor at Grossmont.

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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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Grossmont Symphony Orchestra performs Latin American music Oct. 8 at St. John of the Cross

 LEMON GROVE, California (Press Release) — A special evening of Latin-American orchestral music featuring composers from Mexico and Cuba is planned at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove.

Entitled Música Latinoamericana, this special performance features the 80-member Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (GSO), under the musical direction of Dr. Randall Tweed. Joining the members of the GSO will be Mariachi Chula Vista, a nationally recognized and award winning 15-member Mariachi ensemble, under the musical direction of Mark Fogelquist. Also joining the members of the GSO will be local artists, Fred Benedetti, classical guitarist, and Suzanne Kennedy, flautist.

Admission for this special event is in the form of a Free-Will Offering, thus encouraging entire families to experience the rich cultural heritage from “the Americas.”

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Grossmont audience enjoys subtle Odeum program

By Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Despite two early-on technical-difficulties, the Odeum Guitar Duo delighted its audience with 21 guitar compositions, including two encores, Sunday Sept. 17, in Room 220.

The compositions covered a spectrum, from solemn to playful. Throughout the night, the duo and its audience were visibly in sync. When the theme was solemn, the players and viewers were pensive; whereas, during more lighthearted parts, the players grinned broadly while the elated crowd actually laughed at several points.

There were five composers represented: Frederic Hand, Leo Brouwer, Enrique Granados,  Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel. Granados’ Allegro Humoristico was one of the crowd-pleasers.

Fred Benedetti, instructor of music at Grossmont, explained the significance and history of several of the compositions  to rapt listeners who noticeably appreciated both Benedetti’s knowledge, as well as the warmth and excitement with which he spoke.

Now to the technical-difficulties:  when I arrived to see Odeum’s performance, Benedetti was in haste: it was 15 minutes until showtime, and he had misplaced his keys to the music office which held the programs for the performance. Continue reading