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Preview: Thursday Concert

Instructors from the Music department will return to the stage to showcase their talents at the Thursday Concert series the next two weeks.

Applied Music Program instructor John Storie will be the next to perform at the concert. He will perform Jazz Guitar on Oct. 17. 

Storie has been an instructor at Pierce College for a year and is also an artist-in-residence at his former school California Institute of the Arts where he teaches student musicians how to self promote. 

Apart from being a guitarist, according to his website, johnstorie.com, Storie is also a vocalist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. His website also mentions that he has performed with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra with actor and pianist Jeff Goldblum and the New West Guitar Group. 

Following Storie, Applied Music Program instructor Micah Wright will be performing the following week on Oct. 24. Wright will take the stage to perform the clarinet and saxophone. 

According to his Linkedin, Wright is a freelance musician and has been an instructor at Pierce for a year. He has also been a clarinet and saxophone instructor at California Lutheran University for three years.

Callutheran.edu states Wright has won many awards in his career. He recently won the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions. 

Last Thursday concert, students took over the stage to showcase their talents. Students performed various types of music such as classical, pop and jazz. Vocalists played a part in the performances, too. 

Guitarist Hugo Nogueria performed at the Oct. 3 Thursday Concert. He performed three pieces alone and was then accompanied by his wife and Pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva. They performed the last four songs together. 

Thursday Concerts are held by the Music Department at Pierce College. They are free and are held on the Performing Arts Building Mainstage. The doors for the performances open at 12:45 p.m. and close at 1 p.m. The performances end at 2 p.m.  

The performances are open to the public. Those without the right semester parking permit can purchase a daily parking permit at the kiosks in the parking lots. 

The concert following after Storie and Wright will be on Oct. 31st and will be a joint faculty recital. 

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