Arts and Music

WEST HILLS SCHOOL DRAMAKIDS PRESENT THE DROWSY CHAPERONE APRIL 8-9 AND 15-16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrerevi

April 12, 2016 (Santee) - The West Hill Dramakids offered a fresh take on THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, with a woman in the chair, as the storyteller instead of a man. Thank you Carrin Edwards, director, for this innovative move. Rose Hawaree took on the role of (Wo) Man in the chair. She did an incredible job--so fun and enthusiastic to watch. The characters are engaging, funny, and quite entertaining.

“SAN DIEGO & BEYOND” PLEIN AIR ART SHOW AT MISSION TRAILS APRIL 23-MAY 20; RECEPTION APRIL 24

East County News Service

 

 

Photo: “Cabrillo Lighthouse”

April 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring an award-winning artist Marilyn Hallam.

"UNDERWATER DREAMS" DOCUMENTARY SCREENING, SPEAKER PANEL ON TAP FOR APRIL 12

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

April 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College is hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” an inspirational documentary about the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who built an underwater robot as Arizona high school students in 2004 and defeated engineering powerhouse MIT in an international competition.

SDSU MUSIC GROUPS “DOWNTOWN” CONCERT APRIL 15 BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN K-12 SCHOOLS COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

March 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- On April 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM, San Diego State's top orchestral and premier wind ensembles join forces with the 120-voice chamber and concert choirs on the stage at the Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall to present a mega-concert experience. Downtown features more than 250 musicians performing works by Wagner, Vaughan Williams, and Beethoven from the School of Music and Dance, this is a program that Jim Chute of UT San Diego called a "powerhouse."

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH ACCLAIMED GOSPEL CHOIR DIRECTOR KENNETH ANDERSON

 

 

March 19, 2016 (San Diego) – East County Magazine intern Tasha Matthews interviewed Rev. Kenneth Anderson, director of three prominent gospel choirs at the University of California San Diego, Grossmont College and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir. He’s led choral tours and performances across Europe including at the Vatican. His gospel choir class at UCSD is consistently the most popular course on campus.  He’s also the fifth highest rated university professor in the nation, according to Rate My Professor.

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MUSIC OF MOZART: GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE CONCERTS

 

April 1 in Spring Valley, April 10 in Point Loma

March 13, 2016 (Spring Valley) - The 2015-2016 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale continues with a special choral/orchestral project in honor of the 260th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The concert opens with his operatic overture to Don Giovanni and ends with a performance of his Requiem—a bookending of works that share a common theme: the first recognizing a man’s judgement by God for his many sins, and the last asking God for entrance ofone’s soul to Heaven.

The program is contrasted with a piece of chamber music that the composer wrote for flute and string trio: Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298 as performed by GSO principal flautist, Kay Van Tassell, and members of the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY ANNOUNCES MUSIC, ART AND TASTING EVENTS IN LA MESA VILLAGE

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – Whether your passion is to paint a masterpiece or savor some fine wines while enjoying live Spanish jazz, or finger-style guitar music, your wish can come true at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown Village.  While the art classes have fees, the musical performances have no cover charge.  Wine, cheese, crackers and desserts are available for purchase.

OLD WEST ART FEST: JOIN US FOR A PLEIN AIR ART CONTEST AND ARTS/CRAFTS SALE IN THE ANZA BORREGO DESERT, APRIL 2-3, 2016

 

March 5, 2016 (Anza Borrego Desert) - Calling all artists to take part in a plein air art contest in the high desert community of Shelter Valley outside of Julian, CA. This is an opportunity for artists and their friends and families to get outside and enjoy the Anza Borrego desert in the springtime. Two plein air contest categories will be featured, including desert landscapes and local Native American and stagecoach trails history. All visual art formats allowed.

SPRING HARP FEST MARCH 26 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (La Mesa) - You’re invited to the 16th annual Spring Harp Fest, a musical celebration on March 26th  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.  The festival features top harmonica performers playing blues music and more, as well as an unknown artists’ jam session.  The mission is to inspire appreciation for the harmonica in the next generation. 

LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS CONCERT AT SYCUAN MARCH 12

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (El Cajon) - Country music greats Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers will be  performing  in concert at Sycuan’s  Live and Up Close Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.  Grammy award-winning Larry Gatlin has written hit songs for many famous musical stars including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash.

NEW ART SHOW: "SEVEN: OUR WORLD THROUGH COLORED PENCIL" AT MISSION TRAILS

 

Show runs February 27 - March 25

Reception: Saturday, February 27, from 1-4 p.m.at the Visitor Center   

East County News Service

February 27, 2016 (Mission Trails) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) presents an exhibition featuring seven award-winning artists - Bobbie Bradford, Deb Gargula, Constance Grace, Carolyn Kenny, Katherine Miller, Renato Salazar and Brenda "Blade" Villegas.

FREE CONCERT: DIANA ABED ACCORDIAN PLAYER FEB. 28 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- A free accordion concert will be presented at Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor center on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.  Diana Abed studied the accordion in multi-cultural Los Angeles as a child in the 1960s and ‘70s, including Hollywood entertainment industry standards, pop tunes and compositions of famous accordionists at that time.  As the daughter of immigrant parents, somehow she was "elected" as the family musician, leading many sing a-longs and dances at celebrations of family and friends from varying ethnicities. 

SOME PLAY: PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENT CHARLOTTE'S WEB FEB 19-28

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

 

February 24, 2016 (Santee) - The Pickwick Players in Santee are a different kind of group. They perform adult plays, children's plays, and mixed plays with people of all ages, as with "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White, published by Harper Collins in 1952.What makes this unique is that it's rare. We have many youth productions, adult productions, adult productions with a kid or two. However, besides St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove, which does a mix of all ages in their plays once a year, in the spring (This year they are doing a Poppins in April - call rectory for more details), I don't see this combination often.. Four adults, two teenagers, and 13 incredible youngsters were all part of the Pickwick Players’ cast.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE OF THE TONY AWARD MUSICAL NOMINEE "MACK AND MABEL"

 

Source:  Lamplighters Community Theatre press release

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Community Theatre (LCT) is proud to present performances of the Tony Award Nominee “Mack and Mabel” at the new Lamplighters Community Theatre located at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, Ca running  March 11 through April 10.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS AWARDS AT LENTEN ARTS SHOW

 

By Judy Edelblute

February 17, 2016 (San Diego) - Rancho Bernardo artist Vita Sorrentino won second place in the 53rd annual Lenten Art Show at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. Lee Sie, Clairemont, won first place, and Tamara Stautland, Mission Hills, won third place.

East County artists receiving Honorable Mention awards were Ann Keyes and Ann Schwartzwald, La Mesa,  Anita Chateau, east Chula Vista and Abigail Kurtz Migala, Spring Valley. Other East County artists in the show include Mary Louise Neal-Bulow and Jody Abssy, Cherokee Point; Gloria Galbarith and Anita Chateau, east Chula Vista; Judy A. Sawyer, La Mesa; Susan Hewitt, Vance Komula and Sandra Seckington, Lakeside; and Gwen Small, Talmadge.

‘ROMANCE OF THE PORTRAIT’ EXHIBIT CONTINUES THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

 

East County News Service

Editor’s note: Inka Zamoyska has generously donated artwork recently to benefit East County Magazine.  Here is an opportunity for readers who love her amazing work to view an exhibition of her exquisite oil paintings. 

February 17, 2016 (Carlsbad) -- “This occasion truly felt like an ‘Affair of the Heart’. It seemed like a movie in progress sometimes with the excitement, exuberance of the attendees who were caught up in the ambiance and spirit of the evening. One of the highlights was when Inka was asked to speak to the group and describe her journey through art, her experience and particularly, her evolution toward portraiture painting. The rapt attention of everyone toward what she was expressing was immutable; everyone was entranced, caught up in the story, delighting in the fact that she was giving them some insight into this artful pursuit; a mystical moment.”

LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY’S ART EXHIBIT FEATURES ‘BACK ROW GROUP’

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring 24 watercolor paintings by award-winning art instructor Drew Bandish and five of his students. The students include Susan Hewitt of Lakeside, Royce Hinson of El Cajon, Lorri Lynch of Lakeside, Mirjam Schippers of El Cajon and Joan Vandenberg of El Cajon. The show runs through March 12.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATED AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES WITH SERIES OF EVENTS

 

February 10, 2016 (El Cajon) -- A celebration of black history that includes music, dance and theater performances at Cuyamaca College and an African-American Read-in at Grossmont College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Included among the events will be tributes to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama, Maya Angelou and others, in addition to lesser-known names such as Daisy Bates, a civil rights heroine who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

TOP TALENT ON TAP FOR CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S SPRING CONCERT SERIES

East County News Service

February 10, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) – The 2016 Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series gets under way Feb. 21 with a San Diego Early Music Society performance kicking off a season of productions covering styles ranging from Baroque and mariachi to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

DUKE: A BALLET PERFORMANCE BY VISIONARY YOUTH BALLET FEB. 6

East County News Service

February 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — You’re invited for an  an evening of dance and celebration as Visionary School For The Performing Arts presents “An Evening With The Duke” on February 6th at 7 p.m. at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115).

BLUEGRASS JAM AT FUDDRUCKER'S FEB. 16

 

East County News Service

 

February 4, 2016 (La Mesa) - The San Diego Bluegrass Society will hold its monthly jam at Fuddrucker's restaurant in Grossmont Center on Tuesday, February 16th from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The event includes open mic, pick up bands and the ever-popular musical jam session.

WINDWALKER NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW

 

Listen now to our interview originally aired on KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM by clicking the orange link above, or download by clicking the blue link.

February 4, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Windwalker and the MCW (Multi-Cultural Women) have been nominated for a Grammy Award for their CD, "Generations." 

We sat down for an in-depth interview with Windwalker, a Lakeside resident, medicine woman and talented Native American musician.  She talked about their music, shared samples of their inspiring songs,  and discussed their upcoming music video that including filming at a wild horse preserve.

All proceeds from Windwalker and the MCW CD are being donated to benefit children's causes.

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SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BORREGO SPRINGS TO HOST FIRST ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIO TOUR FEB. 21

 

East County News Service

February 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs is hosting the first Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Sunday, February 21, 2016.  The event will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Borrego Art Institute from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT APRIL 3 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2016 (El Cajon) — The San Diego Early Music Society will present  Dorothee Oberlinger on recorder, Florian Birsak on harpsichord, and Marco Testori on cello in “Flauto Veneziano,” a concert on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center.

VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD CONCERT FEB. 21 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 23, 2016 (El Cajon) – The San Diego Early Music Society will present Lina Tur Bonet on violin and Kenneth Weiss on harpsichord in “La Petite Merveille and the Red Priest: Music of Jacquet de la Guerre and Vivaldi” on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon).

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