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Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra presents Sinfonia de Guitarra directed by Mesut Ozgen
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When: 5/24/2013
8:00 PM
Where: First Congregational Church
900 High Street
Santa Cruz, California  95060
United States

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Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra presents Sinfonia de Guitarra directed by Mesut Ozgen

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church
900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Admission: Free for children under 12, $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 general
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The Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra presents "Sinfonia de Guitarra,” the finale concert of the 2012-13 season, with an exciting program of music from Baroque to modern, as well as traditional music from Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and Turkey, played by a symphony of guitars! 

Directed by guitarist/composer Mesut Özgen, the SCGO is comprised of professional players, teachers, and students from the local community. The SCGO has been presenting concerts regularly three times a year for the enthusiastic audiences and has also been invited to perform in various other venues, such as Davis Art CenterSanta Cruz Baroque FestivalNew Music Works and UCSC Gamelan Orchestra Concert Series

The concert program includes a wide range of works. Among the highlights are Bach’s famous Sinfonia (watch out how the guitars are imitating trumpets, oboes, strings, and timpani of the original cantata version!), Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s beautiful Aria from the Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, the famous LAGQ’s lead guitarist William Kanengiser’s Gongan (specially arranged for the guitar orchestra with Indonesian drums eerily sounding like an authentic Gamelan Orchestra), Benjamin Verdery's "Scenes from Ellis Island" featuring surprise guest musicians in the exciting finale with a special rhythmic pattern from traditional East Indian music, and the world premiere of Mesut Özgen’s Istanbul Espresso for guitar orchestra with soprano, mandolin, electric guitar and bass. Also in the program are works by Carlos Rivera, John Williams, Mark Aitken, Sean Hayward, Mark Wilson, and Jordan Brownlee. 

Featured guest musicians are guitarist Marc Teicholz, sopranos Doanna Weissgerber and Sheila Willey. 

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