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By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- An impressive lineup of musical performances are coming up with Cuyamaca College’s annual Spring Concert Series, which opened in February and continues with many upcoming shows.

“The Spring Concert Series includes some very exciting events, including some new and repeat performers,” said Taylor Smith, Performing Arts chair at Cuyamaca College. “I am especially excited about the new ECHO Chamber Music series, which will feature world-renown instrumentalists. Each semester, we try to provide an educational and entertaining series with a wide variety of musical styles. This semester we are presenting music from Beethoven to the Beatles and everything in between. Where else in San Diego can you go to see such a variety?”      

All but the Coyote Music Festival take place at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets to all other shows is $8, or $5 for students unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.

ML TRIO, led by Mackenzie Leighton, explores original music, jazz tunes, and a few unconventional covers in this trio comprising drums, bass, and saxophone.

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Paul Infantino, performs contemporary and standard choral works both on campus and in the larger East County community.

Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.

The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio performs masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel. Student tickets for this concert are $10.

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

San Diego-based pianist and music scholar Siu Hei and soprano Kirsten Ashley West perform 20th and 21st century music.

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Reka Parker Jazz Quartet, which includes Cuyamaca College Music Department chair and professor Taylor Smith and his counterpart at Grossmont College, Derek Cannon.

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble covers the classics from The Beatles’ legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.

French harpsichord prodigy Jean Rondeau performs music by Bach, Rameau and Royer. Student tickets for this concert are $10.

Saturday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m.

The 10th Annual Coyote Music Festival takes place on the Cuyamaca College Grand Lawn. This entirely student-run festival provides the community with free music and culminates a semester for students studying music, technology, recording and business. 

In addition to the concerts listed above, the final two performances in the ECHO Chamber Music Series, on April 9 and May 20, remain in the planning stages.

Most performances are timed so students enrolled in Cuyamaca College’s award-winning music program can hear live presentations of what they’re learning in class. Others, such as the ECHO Chamber Music Series, are sponsored by members of the community or outside music organizations.

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, 92109. For further information, call (619) 660-4627 or visit