Congratulations: Mikhail Dvoskin and Ekatrina Petrosyan

The Grossmont College musicians have been concertizing on the San Diego scene for a few years now. Recently, the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, a beautiful baby. 

Katrina and Mikhail also enhance the East Village Community Church music faculty along with Beverly Thomas, Mass Choir Director Norman McWilliams, Men's Choir Director. The church is having its annual Christmas Cantata this coming Sunday afternoon on December 16th 2012 at 5:00PM:

East Village Community Church
1374 Island Avenue  
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-8104 

Katrina will accompany the choir and perform as a soloist. Mikhail will perform with the San Diego Symphony that afternoon. We are blessed to have them on our music staff.
Delores Fisher

Opera Insights Series:
Lectures on the 2012 Repertoire

Exciting Opera news for the general public! On specified Tuesdays at 2:00PM, the San Diego Central Public Library will present a free Opera lecture series presented by Dr. Ron Shaheen, Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of San Diego.

Tues.January 24th-2:00PM  
Salome (Richard Strauss)        

Tues.February 14th-2:00PM
Moby-Dick (Jake Heggie)
Tues.March 6th-2:00PM    
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 
Tues. April 17th-2:00PM

The Barber of Seville (Gioacchino Rossini)    
Tuesdays 2:00PM
San Diego Public Library-----619-236-5810
820 E. Street, 3rd Floor Auditorium

La-la-la-la la-a-a--ah!!!!
Delores Fisher

 Grossmont College: An Evening of Baroque Music!!!!
This holiday season, San Diego offers concerts equal to those anywhere in the United States.
 Although extremely partial to SDSU's School of Music and Dance (my alma mater), I usually attend at least one Grossmont College concert per Christmas season. Grossmont's music department offers quality performances for the community in accessible local venues. 

Oh yea . . . according to an inside source, Russian violin virtuoso Mikhail (Michael) Dvoskin will be performing. Mikhail is a member of the resident Grossmont Symphony String Quartet.This Baroque concert is a "must attend."  For bio more info, click onto:

Grossmont Symphony String Quartet 

Mikhail (Michael) Dvoskin, first violinist with the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet, and Friends of Music Endowed Chair Recipient for the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra. Mikhail is a performing violinist & conductor who graduated from the Moscow State College of Music earning a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance in 2002. He also earned a Master of Music degree in violin performance in 2007 from the Maimonid State Academy of Classical Art (SACA). ..... In San Diego, Michael has maintained a private violin studio since 2007 and performs regularly with his pianist wife, Katherine (Ekaterina) Petrosyan.

Elizabeth Valdez, second violinist with the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet, and Principal Second Violinist of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Valdez is passionate about music! The granddaughter of an accomplished pianist and folk harp maker, her musical roots run deep.

Annabelle Terbetski, violist with the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet, and Principal Violist of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Tarrytown, NY and began playing the viola at age eight. She holds a Masters Degree in Chamber Music Performance from Kent State University and a Masters Degree in Viola Performance from Florida State University. 

Gordon Grubbs, cellist with the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet and principal cellist with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, has performed in chamber music and as soloist throughout Southern California and Mexico.

Hope to see you there!!!! 
Delores Fisher   

La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Fall 2011 Season

San Diego has many music options with world class ensembles that perform on a seasonal basis. One of our favorites is the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. At present, the ensemble is gearing up for its fall  2011 season that starts with an October 29-30 concert with the music of  Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.  For more information: 

Charissa Barger, harp 2010 Young Artist Competition winner is Guest Artist for this season kick-off concert.

Pre-concert Lectures--One Hour Prior to Concerts

Hear the “inside story” behind each concert with lively commentary by noted program annotator Eric Bromberger, Music Director Steven Schick or Choral Director David Chase.
Where: Mandeville Auditorium.
When: 6:30 pm for Saturday concerts / 1:00 pm for Sunday concerts
Cost: Free with concert ticket.
Pre-concert lectures last about 25 minutes.

The season is almost here!
Delores Fisher

Sunday August 28th 2011 at 2:30PM in the Central Library 3rd Floor Auditorium, 820 E. Street, San Diegans and tourists filled the house to hear Jisun Yang and Inez Irawati.  Unquestionably, Ms. Yang and Ms. Irawati presented one of the best small concerts that I have attended this year.

This is the first time I have heard Ms. Yang who is an award winning violinist. She has served as the Associate Principal Violin I with the San Diego Symphony since 2005. Ms. Irawati is an award winning pianist whose stellar solo as well as accompanist ability often leaves one almost breathless.
(See my comments on Irawati as an accompanist at:  )

Musicians who explore the nuances of their instrument with technical virtuosity from delicate phrasing to pathos infused gusto are indeed artistic jewels. Ms Yang and Ms Irawati are diamonds. They created and maintained a gorgeous sonic atmosphere throughout the entire program.

After the concert, some in the audience expressed that chills of delight ran through their core. Others noted the sensation of hairs on their arms literally raising in physical response from sheer listener's pleasure. Hopefully, Jisun Yang and Ines Irawati will continue to perform together in the future  perform on CD and live.

Delores Fisher

2011  Free Classical Concert at our San Diego Central Library
                                               Jisun Yang                Inez Irawati                                                

Sunday August 28th at 2:30PM in the Central Library 3rd Floor Auditorium, 820 E. Street, San Diegans who love Classical music will experience an event well worth attending. Jisun Yang and Ines Irawati will perform live.

Ms. Yang is an award winning violinist who has served as the Associate Principal Violin I with the San Diego Symphony since 2005. Ms. Irawati is an award winning pianist whose stellar solo as well as accompanist ability often leaves one almost breathless.
(See my comments on Irawati as an accompanist at:  )

Both musicians continue to gain admiration on the international scene for their musicality.

Concert Selections:
Ludwig van Beethoven, Romance in F Major
Claude Debussy, Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140
S. Prokofiev, Violin Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op.94 bis
Jisun Yang  and  Inez Irawati are community minded performers whose virtuosity are an inspiration to many young aspiring musicians. We thank them for this musical offering. And, we also thank the Central Library  staff for their civic focus in bringing San Diegans accessible, quality events.

See you there!!
Delores Fisher

Chamber Music: Emerson String Quartet

Two Classical music news flashes from Art Power sources

Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin;
Lawrence Dutton, viola; David Finckel, cello.

PROGRAM Felix Mendelssohn: Andante sostenuto and Variations for String Quartet in E major, Op. 81/1; Scherzo for String Quartet in A minor, Op. 81/2; Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119; Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887 (Op. posth. 161)

Saturday, October 2, 2010 / 5:00 PM
Department of Music's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Regular: $60
UCSD Student: $10
UCSD Alumni: 15% Off
Purchase: Call the Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (M-F, 10am-4pm)

The Fauré Piano Quartet
Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer,
violin; Sascha Froembling, viola; Konstantin Heidrich, cello.

PROGRAM Gustav Mahler: Quartettsatz (Quartet Movement) for Piano and Strings; Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor (“Werther”), Op. 60; Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Thursday, October 21, 2010 / 8:00 PM
Department of Music's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Regular: $50
UCSD Student: $10
UCSD Alumni: 15% Off

Purchase: Call the Box Office at 858.534.TIXS (M-F, 10am-4pm)

Mark those dates!
Delores Fisher

Larry Leeland and Shigeko Sasaki Mini Concert
On Tuesday August 10th 2010, a modest crowd of music lovers attending a mini-concert in Southeast San Diego received a gift of virtuosity. Two violinists from the San Diego Symphony orchestra, Larry Leeland and Shigeko Sasaki, performed duets for the community at the Malcolm X Library.

When the library lost one of its strongest cultural event advocates, Marc Cherry, Southeast lamented the future of Malcom X Library as a space of positivity and accessible family oriented quality events. Marc's face was a familiar site staple. Many will be relieved to know that Marc is now at the Main Library enjoying his new duties as a contributor to quality cultural programs for the downtown area. New Malcolm X personnel are dedicated to continuing the tradition of "the X" as a place for positive community engagement. And, Youth Services Librarian Bill Sannwald was on hand for Tuesday evening's mini-concert, assisting audience and performers.

Mr. Sannwald is responsible for Tuesday's outreach program and was thrilled with the community response. Quite a few families brought children whose ages ranged from four to the late teens. Parent and child listened attentively, bonding in a musical sharing. Nights like Tuesday's help mold unspoken young dreams and career ambitions.Imagine yourself a child, getting to talk with gifted artists up close!

Mr. Larry Leeland and Ms. Shigeko Sasaki created a low key ambiance that connected with everyone in the room. Selections consisted of three Baroque works and one Classical. The duo did not make their introductions of each work formal and stiff, but did provide brief descriptions.

Each violinist playfully interwove their thematic lines in the opening concerto for two violins by Bach. Mr. Leeland's response to the question about a continuo confirmed that the piece was scored for keyboard and a small string ensemble. A Georg Philipp Telemann violin canon followed. Canons require attention to articulatory detail. Introduction of thematic material reflected each players' collaborative sensitivity. Their next selection, the only classical work of the evening, was a Mozart "Table Top Duet for Violin." Mr. Leeland and Ms. Sasaki explained the mechanics of how such a duet should theoretically be played and added a humorous note about possible results that had adults and children laughing. When both players simultaneously arrived at the final cadence, despite reading from opposite ends of the music, the now informed audience applauded warmly. Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins (and continuo) completed the concert.

(Note: A thoughtful touch-- Both warm and congenial, Mr. Leeland and Ms. Sasaki answered audience questions which allowed each to share insightful biographical narratives. Both came from families of modest means. They emphasized that not only opportunity, but a burning desire, hours of practice, and personal sacrifice as well as determination is necessary to achieve the level of musicianship of a symphony orchestra member.)

This warm summer Tuesday evening Malcolm X Library mini-concert, sponsored by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, is one of many that brings quality musical events to San Diego communities.
Delores Fisher

Jubilee 2010!! Concert at East Village Church, San Diego:
International violin and piano duo Mikhail Dvoskin and Katrina Petrosyan in concert!

On Sunday August 22, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM., East Village Community Church(EVCC) will celebrate summer with a concert: Jubilee 2010!! The program will take place in the Fellowship Hall. EVCC is located at 1374 Island Ave. San Diego, CA, 92101--on the corner of 14th and Island near Petco Park.

Performers scheduled to appear include international violin and piano duo Mikhail Dvoskin (Russian State Symphony Orchestra) and Katrina Petrosyan, local classical guitarist Eric Brandt, acclaimed Praise and Worship Leader solo vocalist Esther Downing, acclaimed solo vocalist, recording artist, member of San Diego's Martin Luther King Choir (and other area ensembles), Carl Hebert, and me, poet/pianist/recording artist Delores Fisher.

Official church website:
The senior pastor is Dr. Jimmie Hubbard.

Come on down, join the celebration, and say hello! This free concert is open to the San Diego Community and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Light refreshments will be served after the concert and you will have a chance to meet the artists.

Peace Out,
Delores Fisher