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May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The final concerts in the 2011-2012 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale will be held May 18 and 20, celebrating music of American composes from classical to jazz.

Joining the members of the orchestra is well-known flautist, Suzanne Kennedy performing Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ impressionistic “Poem for Flute and Orchestra.” The evening’s emotional repertoire begins with the dramatic (Medea), reverts to the sublime (October), moves to the nostalgic (Quiet City) and ends with the operatic (Porgy & Bess)--a wonderful way to finish the 2011-2012 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale.
S. Barber Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, op. 23a
Ch.T. Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra
E. Whitacre October
            A. Copland  Quiet City
G. Gershwin Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture
Suzanne Kennedy began her musical training at age 9 in her hometown of Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  After receiving her Associate in Arts degree from Fergus Falls Community College she moved out to San Diego and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Performance, with Academic and Musical Distinction.  Suzanne is currently contracted flutist/piccoloist with the OrchestraNova, Starlight Orchestra, and performs regularly with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.  She is also the full time Director of Parish Music here at St. John of the Cross.  Besides working with two wonderful adult choirs, Suzanne has a  fifty-voice children’s Crusader Choir, a forty-voice Junior Choir, directs a thirty-five-voice teenage Youth Choir and has established a very successful “Music and Dance Academy,” which provides small group  and private music lessons for the school children. 
Randall Tweed, D.M.A., Music Director, has been conducting opera, symphony, and chorus throughout Southern and Baja California since joining the music faculty in 1986. Dr. Tweed has frequently appeared as guest conductor on concert music series throughout Southern California including the Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Ballet, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre, United States International Orchestra, Spreckels Organ Society, and various church music concert series. In the area of education Dr. Tweed has appeared as adjudicator for the California Music Teachers Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference and has twice appeared as conductor for the Suzuki awards concerts.
Dr. Tweed’s performing experience is both in the areas of vocal and instrumental fields winning competitions sponsored by the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra and the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego.  Dr. Tweed earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the School of Music at Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona. He has also completed two Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California in addition to pursuing post-graduate study in Berlin, Germany (studying at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule) where he was a recipient of a Konrad Adenauer Foundation Fellowship.
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is East County's answer to quality classical music performances. Under the musical direction of Randall Tweed, the seventy-five member orchestral ensemble is comprised of music and non-music majors, music teachers, and talented musicians from the community. The 2011-2012 performance season finds the GSO continuing to perform in venues throughout San Diego County. With the temporary closure of its performance home—El Cajon’s own East County Performing Arts Center—the orchestra and chorale continue to support one of the Grossmont College’s missions—music in support our community. From school to church, El Cajon to San Diego—Grossmont is performing near you.
For more information on the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, Grossmont Master Chorale, Grossmont Symphony String Quartet, or Grossmont Symphony Woodwind Quintet, please visit: or call the Grossmont College Music Dept. at: (619) 644-7254.
Admission: Free-Will Offering
Performance details are as follows:
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm
St. John of the Cross Catholic Church
8086 Broadway in Lemon Grove
Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 7 pm
Paradise Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church
2701 East 8th. St. in National City(619) 267-8990 

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