October 4, 2002

Grossmont Symphony Orchestra Opens Its Season With “International Concert” Featuring San Diego Soprano Ximena Martinez

The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Randall Tweed, GSO’s music director and conductor, opens its 2002-2003 season on Sunday, October 6, 2002 at 7 p.m. at the East County Performing Arts Center in downtown El Cajon (210 East Main, El Cajon).


Soprano Ximena Martinez

The “International Concert” will open with a performance of Richard Wagner’s Overture to his opera Rienzi. The concert will continue with special guest soprano Ximena Martinez, 2002 winner of the Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition performing Mozart’s Concert Aria K.528 “Bella mia fiamma,” Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, Gimenez’s “Zapateado” from La Tempranica and Catalani’s “Ebben?... Ne andro lontana” from La Wally. The concert will conclude a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, op. 10, F minor.

Ximena Martinez, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a young dramatic lyric soprano new to the operatic stage. She is currently is working on her bachelors in vocal performance at San Diego State University where she was welcomed with a full tuition scholarship.

Ximena studies voice with Mary Mackenzie. Ximena has participated in opera productions at SDSU and Broward Community College. Her roles include “Sadie” from Carlyle Floyd’s Slow Dusk, “Nella” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicci, and “Monica” from Menotti’s The Medium. In 2002, Ximena won first place at the Virginia Hawk Competition, first place at the NATS competition, and second place at the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists Competition. With an expressive, strong and vibrant tone, Ximena displays a delightful presentation and exhibits a lovely poise and unique presence. Upon her completion at SDSU, Ximena plans to continue singing in competitions and aspires to become a professional solo artist of classical repertoire and opera.

Dr. Randall Tweed has been conducting opera, symphony, and chorus throughout Southern and Baja California since joining the music faculty of Grossmont College over ten years ago. Dr. Tweed has frequently appeared as guest conductor on concert music series throughout Southern California including the United States International Orchestra, Spreckels Organ Society, and various church music concert series. For the past decade, Dr. Tweed has expanded both the orchestral and choral programs at Grossmont College to great acclaim. The GSO is comprised of professional musicians, local music educators, and other professionals who excel musically.

General admission tickets for the performance (which include an ECPAC renovation fee) are $13; $11 for seniors; and $9 for students. Children, ages 12 and under, will be admitted free with paid adult admission. Tickets are available at the door or at the ECPAC box office, or by phone at (619) 440-2277.

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