Cellist and Guitarist Combine Classical Forces in Los Olivos

Posted on Feb 28 by SEASONS Magazine

Combine an 80-year-old who can still perform as if he were twenty-five and a 25-year-old who exhibits the skills of a seasoned musician. The result? The last performance of the 32nd annual “Schoolhouse Music Evenings” concert series. Cellist John Sant’Ambrogio and classical guitarist Mak Grgic will perform duets as well as solo pieces by Vivaldi in the wonderful acoustic setting of St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Los Olivos. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 1.

Mak Grgic, courtesy of St. Mark's

Mak Grgic, courtesy of St. Mark’s

John Sant’Ambrogio is a well-loved and well-known cellist whose impressive resume includes principal cellist with U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as playing with Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sant’Ambrogio currently teaches at Westmont College and is author of the book The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Other Stories. Despite being 80 years old, Sant’Ambrogio has not lost his touch—indeed, his perception and performance of music have only deepened over time.

In contrast, Mak Grgic is a 25-year-old musician. But don’t let his youth deceive you; Grgic has been invited all over the world to perform. Some of these performances include the Sandpoint Festival with the Spokane Symphony, The Allegro Guitar Series in Texas and Piran Music Nights and The Sounds of Six Strings, Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia.

Pair these two together and a cacophony of music, life and experience will erupt in beautiful harmonies. Come enjoy this unique performance!

To order tickets, visit The Book Loft in Solvang or contact music director Rose Knoles at 805/688-4933 or at the Church office at 805/ 688-4454, or email her at info@SMITV.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Randall Day, priest & rector at 805/ 688-4454.

Hope to see you there!

~Elise Kimball


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