Monday, January 19, 2009

Chapman University Guitar Ensemble To Perform

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‘An Evening with the Chapman University Guitar Ensemble’ At
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa Set For Jan. 25

The Chapman University Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Jeffrey Cogan, M.A., Associate Professor of Music at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music, will perform works of Bizet, Faure, Gershwin, Duarte and other famed composers on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa. The free community concert begins at 4:00 p.m.

Chapman Guitar Ensemble artists (pictured above with Cogan) who will perform solo and ensemble compositions include:
Daniel de Arakal – Music Composition and Instrumental Performance Double Major at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music
Joe Zamudio – BA, Music Therapy, Chapman University Conservatory of Music
Henry Allen – Instrumental Performance Major at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music
Patrick Shiroishi – Music Therapy and Instrumental Performance Double Major at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music

Most recently, the Chapman University Guitar Ensemble performed at the Santa Fe Guitar Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In March, the ensemble will compete in the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition at the University of Texas, Brownsville.

Mr. Cogan is an internationally recognized Classical Guitar artist who has performed throughout Europe and the United States. In 1998, he was invited to Perigueux, France, to perform and teach at the Ecole
Brittain with the acclaimed French guitarist Olivier Chassain. In 1999, Mr. Cogan performed works as diverse as the lute part of the St. John Passion with the William Hall Master Chorale and the contemporary jazz guitar in Fred Katz's Concerto for Buddy at the West Coast Jazz II festival in Newport Beach. California. During the spring and summer of 2004, Mr. Cogan was invited to adjudicate different competitions in Austria and France. He was also a featured performer in the Fabritio Caroso guitar festival in Lanuvio, Italy. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Cogan performed a concert for the VIII Festival De Musica De Guitarra, "Villa de Aranda" in Aranda de Duero, Spain.
In addition to his faculty position at Chapman University, Mr. Cogan has directed the Guitar Foundation of America international guitar competition since 1987. During that time the competition has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. This annual
competition has been held in 20 different locations since 1983 including New Orleans, Charleston, Montreal, Merida and Quebec City. He is also the program director for the Orange County Guitar Circle.

The Chapman University Conservatory of Music is part of the university’s College of the Performing Arts. The Conservatory of Music is one of the nation’s premier music programs and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Conservatory has a rich tradition in the arts with many of its graduates performing with major orchestras and opera houses throughout the United States and abroad. The Conservatory of Music is internationally recognized and offers students a conservatory experience within the environment of a liberal arts university. Faculty
members are nationally and internationally recognized performers, composers, and educators.

If you want a little sample of what you can expect to experience at this concert, click HERE.

Spread the word. If you have any questions about this remarkable free concert contact Jeff Cogan at 714-997-6591 or at Here's a map showing the location of the church:



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