Mariachi Real de San Diego, founded more than four decades ago, is the 2019 spring concert season opener for Cuyamaca College.
Mariachi Real de San Diego, founded more than four decades ago, is the 2019 spring concert season opener for Cuyamaca College. Photo via college

A San Diego mariachi band that twice played the Super Bowl is among the performers in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

All performances, except the Coyote Music Festival, will be held at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The annual Coyote Music Festival will be held at Cuyamaca College’s Grand Lawn, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.

On tap for the Spring Concert Series:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28

Mariachi Real de San Diego. Founded more than four decades ago, this band has established itself as a mariachi leader and has performed in movies, two Super Bowls, a World Series, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and countless festivals and corporate events.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21

The Danny Green Trio. This jazz group whose debut CD won the 2009 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album is led by pianist and composer and Grossmont College music instructor Danny Green. The trio also includes Grossmont College music instructor and jazz bassist extraordinaire Justin Grinnell and the versatile Julien Cantelm on drums.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

The Cuyamaca College Concert Band. Under the direction of James Sepulvado, the Cuyamaca College Concert Band makes the first of two appearances in this year’s Spring Concert Series. The band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the group will showcase several standard and contemporary band compositions.

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8

French hornist Joshua Paulus. He performs regularly with almost every major orchestra on the West Coast and is playing this season with the San Diego Symphony as Acting 2nd Horn. This concert, dubbed “Exploring the Fantasie,” includes guests Tina Chong on piano and Marcel Gemperli on viola. This recital explores the genre of musical fantasy by highlighting works written during the middle of the 19th century.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Kembang Sunda. Led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, Kembang Sunda is an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble that has performed throughout Southern California since 2007. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2

Angham al-Sharq Eastern Melodies Ensemble. Al-Sharq has performed at Cuyamaca College on a number of occasions over the past several years.

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4

The 11th Annual Coyote Music Festival. This entirely student-run festival provides the community free music and culminates a semester for students studying music, technology, recording and business.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9

The Nathan Hubbard Trio. The trio consists of a vibraphone, bass and drum and it uses modular notation, often with each member performing different pieces simultaneously, to create a kaleidoscopic sound where interplay between musicians switches at the turn of a page.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16

The Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. Under the direction of Performing Arts Department Chair Taylor Smith, the ensemble will perform music from the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things. Stranger Things soundtracks are composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive.

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17

The Cuyamaca College Choir. Directed by Paul Infantino, the Cuyamaca College Choir is known for its contemporary and standard choral works both on campus and in the larger East County community.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21

The Cuyamaca College Concert Band wraps up this year’s Spring Concert Series with its second performance of the year.

Tickets are $5 [but the Coyote Music Festival is free] and can be purchased online via the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department.

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