The residents of Lake Arrowhead got a special treat Thursday night as they listened to the musical talent of Reinhardt’s very own Dr. Matthew Anderson. The event was part of the President’s College, for which Reinhardt faculty branch out into the community for lectures.
“Reinhardt is proud of its talented faculty, and it is always a pleasure to share their expert knowledge with our community,” said Dr. Mark Roberts, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “Dr. Anderson’s presentation was particularly interesting, as he explained the development of classical guitar performance and then performed select pieces for the audience.”
Dr. Anderson, assistant professor of music and coordinator of the guitar performance major, presented the lecture “Federico Moreno Torroba’s Castillos De Espana: A Musical Journey through Spain.”
“Torroba was a Spanish musician who composed works for guitar in a time when the guitar was considered a folk instrument, not an instrument for classical music,” Roberts said. “His work Castillo De Espana is a collection of compositions set in various places and castles throughout Spain.”
Dr. Anderson took those in attendance on a journey through various compositions and illustrated how the works mirror the landscape of Spain. Throughout the presentation, Dr. Anderson performed select pieces of Torroba’s work, “illustrating the innovations that this important classical musician contributed to guitar performance,” Roberts said.
The President’s College was started by President Dr. Kina S. Mallard with a focus on bringing educational lectures on timely topics to the communities surrounding Reinhardt.
After the Thanksgiving break, Mr. Brian Osborne, assistant professor of musical theatre and musical director, will present “From Carousel to Cats: Development to American Musical Theatre” Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at Laurel Canyon/Soleil.