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January 8, 2013 > Standout tenor launches "Unplugged" concert series

Standout tenor launches "Unplugged" concert series

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts is proud to present "A Night with Ricardo Garcia," the first concert as part of the new "CCPA Unplugged" concert series. Unplugged will feature talented musicians and performers in the intimate setting of the newly refurbished California Conservatory Theatre (CCT). The first show to kick off the concert series features local talent, former CCPA actor, and remarkable tenor, Ricardo Garcia (Castro Valley), running January 18-20 at the California Conservatory Theater in downtown San Leandro.

Currently a sophomore at the University of the Pacific majoring in Vocal Performance, Garcia trains under the teaching and coaching of Professor Daniel Ebbers. With many high profile and community performances on his resume, at the end of 2011 Garcia competed and placed in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, which opened many unique opportunities in his life. In April of 2012, he was invited back to Palm Springs to perform at the Palm Springs Opera in the Park under the direction of Maestro Valery Ryvkin. The Palm Springs Opera Guild said of Garcia that he "enthralled the audience with his rendition of the romantic aria 'Kuda, Kuda' from the opera 'Eugene Onegin.'" In September 2012, Garcia was invited to perform at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, receiving a standing ovation. Also in 2012, Garcia performed the title role of King David in the oratorio/musical "King David."

Curtain Call is thrilled to have Garcia back on the stage, as he last performed as the Ghost of Christmas Present in the company's first production of "A Christmas Carol, the Musical" in 2008. A sophomore at Castro Valley High School at the time, he brought joyfulness and strength to the supporting role in the Broadway version of the Dickens classic tale. Now more than four years later, it is only fitting that Garcia launches the first CCPA Unplugged concert.

"Having Ricky perform with us again is great. He has matured and grown so much as a musician and vocalist, I think our patrons will be blown away. And Ricky is the perfect performer to launch our concert series, as he was such a big part of our first musical ever back in 2008," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Founding Artistic Director.

This January, Garcia comes full circle with a headlining concert featuring five shows in the up close and personal setting of CCT. For tickets and more information visit www.curtaincallperformingarts.org, or call the box office at (510) 909-9516.

A Night with Ricardo Garcia
Jan 18-20
8 p.m. Jan 18 and 19
7 p.m. Jan 20
2 p.m. Jan 19 and 20
California Conservatory Theater
999 E. 14th St., San Leandro
(510) 909-9516
www.curtaincallperformingarts.org
Tickets: $10 - $25

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