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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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Young vocalist’s ‘Cucu Rrucucú Paloma’ a sensation!

Mariachi Chula Vista

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

LEMON GROVE — Big things come in little packages.  This was certainly true on Friday, Oct. 8, when the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra Master Chorale and the Mariachi Chula Vista performed at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church.  

Vocalist and violin player Jose Casillas is only 13, but has a deep voice which, though not quite that of a man, struck many members of the audience as unusually mature.  He had such stage presence as he sang Cucu Rrucucú Paloma that one could sense the audience collectively drawing in its breath.  Personally, I was stunned by his performance.

When Jose  sang, he was confident and thoroughly in command.  But later when he was given a curtain call, you could sense he was embarrassed when his young age was revealed by the group’s director, Mark Fogelquist.  As the audience reacted with a “Wow,” Jose reddened like a boy whose grandmother was tweaking his cheeks.

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