Award-winning cellist, Erik Alvarez Urbina, endeared as “The Rockin’ Cellist,” will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill, the second performance in its Summer Fine Art Concert Series.
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Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for wine and appetizers in the gallery, followed by an intimate concert in the studio hall at 4 p.m.
Concert tickets are $21 in advance and $23 the day of the event. Seating is limited to 50. The concert features the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, “Suites for Unaccompanied Cello,” one of the finest solo works ever written.
“This will not be your average cello concert,” said Denise Ebbett, gallery owner. “His style is passionate and powerful and our concerts give the audience a rare opportunity to have personal interaction with the performer. We’ve found getting to know the performer brings this concert experience over the top.”
Urbina studied with noted professional cellists before attending University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where he earned a bachelor in music in music performance and music management. While at UOP, he won the university’s honor recital three years in a row in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the concerto competition in 2011. He was the principal cellist with the University Symphony Orchestra from 2009-11.
In the fall of 2011, Urbina began studying with Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi in New York City. He returned to California continuing to perform solo and in area orchestras.The final concert of the season heralds the celebrated return of jazz harpist, Motoshi Kosako, Sunday, Aug. 24 from 3:30-6 p.m.
For concert tickets and additional information call Petroglyphe Gallery at 209-286-1387 or visit gallerypetroglyphe.com.