Guitar ensemble showcases variety

Freshman business administration major K.J. Macatiag, sophomore music major Mark Estrellado and senior adjunct professor of music Michael Ryan perform in the guitar ensemble recital Dec. 3 in Morgan Auditorium. The ensemble played songs from a variety of genres, from classical Irish guitar and flamenco to contemporary pop music. / photo by Jingyao Liang
Freshman business administration major K.J. Macatiag, sophomore music major Mark Estrellado and senior adjunct professor of music Michael Ryan perform in the guitar ensemble recital Dec. 3 in Morgan Auditorium. The ensemble played songs from a variety of genres, from classical Irish guitar and flamenco to contemporary pop music. / photo by Jingyao Liang

Liliana Castañeda
Copy Editor

The University of La Verne guitar ensemble, seven musicians in all, gathered in Morgan Auditorium to present an eclectic variety of music they worked on this semester.

Before an audience of about 40, the musicians gathered on stage saw many reactions from the audience –  from clapping to ‘whooping’ with enthusiasm for their performance.

The group played some covers of music with of classical Spanish and Irish roots, with some more modern takes on popular contemporary music.

The ensemble members and both instructors opened the concert with a sweet melodic slow Irish tune with the syncing of all nine guitars on stage.

The soft picking of each individual member resonated throughout the auditorium.

They played “Drunken Sailor,” an Irish ballad with an unknown origin.

This song, with its more intense strumming pattern and some recognizable picking patterns, was familiar as it is used in such popular shows as “SpongeBob Squarepants.”

Mark Estrellado, sophomore music major, who performed in the ensemble said that singing through the mask was the hardest part of the entire performance.

He said that he had practiced singing with a mask on, but he still found it hard.

Another well-known song,“The Sound of Silence,” by Simon and Garfunkel was in the program. The guitar playing was dynamic with more forceful strums and louder picking throughout the chorus of the song while lighter humming picking filled the background.

Some students sang along in their solo performances, including Danielle Hernandez who performed one of Taylor Swift’s songs.

“They are all learning, so you get to see the inner workings of their hard work,” said Stan Whitley, Rancho Cucamonga resident and father of Stanley Whitley, one of the performers.

Whitley said he enjoyed the variety of musical styles.

So did Jesse Espinoza, sophomore political science major.

“There was a lot of Christmas stuff but I think we got a nice range … and they really got to demonstrate the guitar ensemble’s ability,” Espinoza said.

“I think it would be cool if we could have a little bit more people,” said Hernandez, ensemble member and senior music major.

To view a video of the performance, visit the Michael Ryan Music Facebook account.

Liliana Castañeda can be reached at liliana.castaneda@laverne.edu.

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Liliana Castañeda, a senior communications major, is the Fall 2022 news editor of the Campus Times. She has previously served as editorial director, arts editor, copy editor and a staff writer.

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Jingyao Liang, a junior business administration major and photography minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

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