Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Tales the Wind Carries, a delightful concert band production presented by the Palomar Comet Concert Band as they bring together the spirit of the holiday season with a diverse array of musical selections from around the world. From classic Christmas carols to joyful Hanukkah tunes and soulful Kwanzaa rhythms, the band weaves a tapestry of cultural expressions and musical traditions, celebrating the universal themes of love, joy, and togetherness.
Peter Sprague was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 11, 1955. He was raised in Colorado until 1963, when his family moved to Del Mar, California. Inspired by his father's love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. By the age of fifteen he was devoting all his time and energy to learning music. He took private lessons, played in his high school stage band, and formed his first group The Minor Jazz Quartet.
John K. Russell, DMA, is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College. He also serves as the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale. At Palomar College, he conducts the Chamber Singers and the Palomar Chorale, teaches applied voice, oversees the vocal music program, and leads the Palomar Choral Academy, an annual week-long immersive choral music experience for high school students. As Music Director of the SD Master Chorale, Dr. Russell conducts and coordinates all the Chorale's artistic activities, including programming an entire concert season with performances around the San Diego region. He also prepares the chorus for performances with San Diego Symphony and regional orchestras.
A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, Crazy For You tells the
story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada,
to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker,
the theatre owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker,
so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken
identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes
from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away
from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and
“Someone to Watch Over Me. Adapted from the Gershwins’ 1930 musical Girl
Crazy, Crazy For You opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on February 19,
1992, starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. The show ran for four years, playing
for 1,622 performances.
The Palomar Chamber Singers will join members of the San Diego Master Chorale and selected singers from San Diego area high schools in the seventh annual high school honor choir. The Chamber Singers will serve in a leadership role during the morning session of the honor choir rehearsals and perform with the combined choruses for the afternoon concert. The SD Master Chorale HS Honor Choir exists to allow high school singers to attend this one-day festival and to serve as ambassadors of their experience at their schools in the following days and weeks. The ultimate goal is a greater understanding of ensemble singing and choral music artistry they can share with their classmates.
With over 20 years of musical experience, Eric has deeply committed himself to preserving the art of Historical Performance Practice by playing music from the 16th through 19th centuries on historical instruments. He currently performs concerts, nationally, on the Baroque and Romantic guitar as well as the Baroque and Renaissance lute.
Spring Forward is a vibrant and invigorating production by the Palomar Comet Concert Band that embraces the season of renewal and growth. At the heart of the show is a student-written wind ensemble piece titled "The Years In Between." This piece beautifully explores the profound themes of loss, acceptance, and the discovery of new and enriching friendships. With lively and upbeat compositions join us as the days grow longer and the outside world becomes brighter.
Join us for an evening of Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and informal performances by Agogo, the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble and World Drum and Dance Students. This evening also includes and open dance floor and live music by local salsa band Kimba Light. Bring your salsa shoes! Founded and directed by Patriceann Mead. Performing Arts Center Courtyard
Invited choirs from around north county will perform in a festival setting in the Brubeck Theater at Palomar College. Dr. John Russell (Palomar College Director of Choral and Vocal Studies) will be joined by Dr. Christopher Gravis who will present clinics for each performing ensembles in this first annual event. Due to the large format of the festival, there is limited public seating. Please contact Dr. Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org for full registration details.