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April 27

Mackenzie Leighton Duet (Piano and Bass)

Mackenzie Leighton and Ed Kornhauser will perform a selection of jazz standards, original compositions, and favorites from the Great American Songbook. Their repertoire draws from over 15 years of collaboration, playing together in many different bands and situations. The piano and bass duo is a classic jazz formant. The absence of drums and horns allows the nuances of both instruments to be heard more clearly and allows for a delicacy not always found in a jazz context. Mackenzie and Ed are alumni of the music programs at both Coronado School of the Arts and San Diego State University. They have also collaborated on a number of recording projects over the years, both in ensembles performing original music and as sidemen. Mackenzie works with local jazz heroes Peter Sprague and Gilbert Castellanos as well as leading his own projects. He is adjunct faculty at Palomar College and CSU San Marcos. Ed plays frequently behind vocalists Whitney Shay and Leonard Patten and is co-host of the local jazz podcast San Diego Sessions/i>.

May 11

Angela Yeung Classical Ensembles

We look forward to Angela each quarter, as we have for 12 years, as she brings with her a wonderful variety of duets, trios, quartets, and more, performing classical music from today and from the great masters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Angela uses her graduate and postgraduate students, peer musicians on the USD faculty, and talented community musicians to populate the ensembles, which perform a diverse repertoire providing enjoyment and education to Osher members.

May 25

The Life and Songs of Tom Lehrer

Jay Berman

Osher’s own honoree, Jay Berman, will share another aspect of his boundless talent in a program featuring the comic, satirical songs of Tom Lehrer. These hit songs produced the comic recording that sold more copies than any comedy recording in the 50s, large label or small. Jay performed this show at Osher six years ago, and thanks to many requests, we will feature an encore performance. If you enjoy humorous and somewhat sardonic, politically incorrect songs, this show is for you.

Jay Berman is a classically trained pianist who practiced ophthalmology and ocular surgery in San Diego to support his music habit before retiring in 2000 to concentrate strictly on musical pursuits. He is presently the pianist and vocalist with High Society Jazz Band, performing Dixieland, Swing, and Standards at local venues and jazz festivals throughout the country. One of his recent projects was founding a Carole King Beautiful tribute duo with his musical partner, vocalist Janet Hammer, which he recently performed at Osher.

June 8

Villa Musica, Fiona Chatwin

Villa Musica inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the joy and lifelong value of music through education, performance, and community engagement. Founded in 2005, Villa Musica is a vibrant gathering place where people can come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble, or participate in a workshop. Villa Musica’s goal is to create a focal point for community music education in San Diego, where students and teachers can meet to exchange ideas and experience the joy of making music. By creating a supportive and creative environment for the study of music, it aims to inspire many San Diegans to make music-making part of their lives.

Because Villa Musica experiences turnover of both staff and students on a regular basis, we cannot determine in time for publication in our catalog precisely what program will be presented. But you can be certain, based on the musical talent that she attracts, Fiona Chatwin will provide a thoroughly enjoyable musical program each quarter.

Coordinator: Reed Sullivan

Course Number: OSHR-70040   Credit: 0 units


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