Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony where he
leads the Symphony’s Pops Series and Family Series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing
himself as one of the Nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his
unique style of audience engagement. Also an active composer/arranger, Lopez-Yañez has
been commissioned to write for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, and
has had his works performed by orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Utah Symphony,
Ft. Worth Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, The Florida Orchestra
and Omaha Symphony.
MandoBasso is a duo featuring Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin. Biggs and Bradbury first came together as faculty colleagues working on projects at both Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos.
Biggs comes from a strong background in jazz and classical performance, Bradbury from a composition and computer music background. Their mutual love of Irish and traditional American music brought them together in this unique pairing of mandolin and bass. MandoBasso performances include mostly original compositions with
some traditional tunes, classical music, jazz and ragtime. MandoBasso's debut CD has been very well received.
Ten years ago, Caro Pierotto took a big chance. She put everything on the line in what turned out to be one of those fairy tale stories that Hollywood dreams are made of. It all began when she ditched a steady corporate paycheck, left behind family and friends, and traded her native Brazil for Los Angeles. Caro had it in her heart to write her own songs and to sing and perform. She put together a band, called it Marbella, and with the help of Latin Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Alberto Lopez released Volta ao Mundo.
Dr. Michael D. Munson earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1992. Since 1994, Dr. Munson has been working at Palomar College when he started accompanying ballet classes, which he still does. Currently, he teaches applied piano, plays for ballet, and accompanies the Palomar Chorale and the Chamber Singers.
Concert pianist Vania Pimentel, born and raised in Brazil, has been promoting Brazilian music in creative recital programs. She has a BA in Music and another BA in Philosophy from Brazil, KA graduate artist diploma from Germany, Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and DMA from the University of Houston. Her doctoral dissertation was on Brazilian toccatas, and her CD “Brazilian Toccatas and Toccatinas” was praised by the Brazilian Academy of Music and newspaper critics in Rio de Janeiro.
Larry Thompson has been recording and performing music in the Temecula area for ten years. He is a finger style guitar player and is known for his songwriting, which runs the gamut from soft and sad to humorous and satirical. His most recent album, “Melancholy Rose", was released in late 2020. He can be heard on Apple Music and Spotify. In his other life, he was an English/Drama teacher at Temecula Valley High School for 29 years.
Zac Sokolow plays banjo and fiddle and sings, playing a combination of old ballads, gospel songs, fiddle tunes and banjo instrumentals. Coming from a family of musicians, Zac grew up playing music from an early age. He started out performing with his father Fred Sokolow as a child, and has since toured around the world playing with The Americans, and with fellow California old time musician Frank Fairfield.