Grossmont Symphony Orchestra performs Latin American music Oct. 8 at St. John of the Cross

 LEMON GROVE, California (Press Release) — A special evening of Latin-American orchestral music featuring composers from Mexico and Cuba is planned at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove.

Entitled Música Latinoamericana, this special performance features the 80-member Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (GSO), under the musical direction of Dr. Randall Tweed. Joining the members of the GSO will be Mariachi Chula Vista, a nationally recognized and award winning 15-member Mariachi ensemble, under the musical direction of Mark Fogelquist. Also joining the members of the GSO will be local artists, Fred Benedetti, classical guitarist, and Suzanne Kennedy, flautist.

Admission for this special event is in the form of a Free-Will Offering, thus encouraging entire families to experience the rich cultural heritage from “the Americas.”

Programming includes: Galindo Sones de Mariachi, Marquez Danzon No. 3, Orbon Tres versiones sinfónicas, Moncayo Huapango, with a special musical package by Mariachi Chula Vista.

Mariachi Chula Vista was formed at Chula Vista High School in September 2001. Since then, the group of young musicians has performed at more than 900 events and has earned a reputation as one of the best student mariachis in the country. The group has appeared at festivals in Albuquerque, Tucson, Las Cruces, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Phoenix, San Jose, and Guadalajara sharing the stage with the world’s most famous mariachis, Mariachi Chula Vista has won numerous awards and competitions, including Overall First Place at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular (2006 and 2009) after defeating groups in all divisions.

For more information please phone the Grossmont College Music Department at (619) 644-7254.

Preceding provided by the Grossmont College Music Department