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Dr. Ricardo Soto

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Phone: (714) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: r***@***.edu
Local Address:  California , United States
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa , California 92628
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    OCC's Chorale

Education

  • master's degree , music
    California State University , Fullerton
  • doctorate , musical arts
    University of Southern California
  • B.A. Degree , music
    California State University , Fullerton
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www.occ.cccd.edu, 14 Nov 2002 [cached]
"This concert promises to be a wonderful pastiche of choral music, dance and guitar," says Dr. Ricardo Soto, director of OCC's Chorale."It is topped off with a distinctive Spanish flavor."
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Soto will also direct an OCC orchestra in the performance of Mozart's composition, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."
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Soto discovered the unpublished manuscripts while doing research last summer at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, in Spain.The monastery is located an hour's drive from Madrid.
"What led me to do the research was my cultural background," Soto says."As a Latino, I have long been looking for a way to express my culture through choral music.We're all familiar with choral music written by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi.And it's spectacular.But I was searching for something that reflected Spanish culture in choral music.
"You won't find much in choral literature that is sung in the Spanish language.
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"A villancico is similar in structure to an Italian or German cantata," Soto says."Villancicos contain arias, choruses and recitatives, all elements of the classical style.Villancicos show an Italian influence, but they are also imbued with Spanish flavor.They contain folk-like melodies with Spanish dance rhythms."
Soto brought two of the unpublished Soler manuscripts home with him from Spain, and has since prepared them for his Chorale."Anton y Pasqual" is a villancico that tells the story of two shepherd boys who fight over who will serenade the Christ child at the creche.
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"St. Lorenzo was martyred for his faith," Soto says."He was actually burned to death on a grill.While death is revered in the Latino culture, it is not a terror for us.In fact, quite frequently, persons of my culture laugh at death.This is what 'El Laurel del Amor' does.
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Soto is in his second season as director of OCC's Chorale.Southern California born and bred, he earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California.
Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.Prior to that, he was head of the choral program at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for four years.
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www.occ.cccd.edu, 16 Nov 2001 [cached]
Orange Coast College's revitalized 85-voice Chorale, under the baton of its new director, Ricardo Soto, will offer a Christmas concert on Saturday evening, Dec. 15.
The concert, which features soloists and an orchestra, will begin at 8 p.m. in OCC's Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The Chorale will perform the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah.
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The Christmas concert will inaugurate a new era for OCC's Chorale, under the dynamic leadership of Soto.Southern California born and bred, Soto earned his B.A. and Master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California.
Before joining OCC's staff last August, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.Prior to that, he was head of the choral program at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for four years.
"I'm thrilled to be at Coast," he says with a big smile."I want to bring OCC's Chorale back to the level that enjoyed for many years under the leadership of Richard Raub.Dick is a legend around here.His OCC chorales were highly respected by audiences, musicians and music critics for more than two decades.
"It'll take us a number of years to build the Chorale back to that level, but that's my passion and my goal."
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"The Orange Coast College Chorale filled the thousand-seat Robert B. Moore Theatre for every concert," Soto says."This year our concerts will be held in the 370-seat Fine Arts Recital Hall on campus, but we hope to develop a strong following and return to the Moore in the near future."
Soto is pleased with the progress his Chorale has made in the two-and-a-half months that he's been its director.
"These students will do anything I ask them to do, they are so responsive," he says."I'm extremely gratified by their effort.They're willing to change their sound, and to listen to new musical concepts."
Britten's Ceremony of Carols was written for a female chorus.
"I decided to do this work because I want to develop a strong women's sound with the Chorale," Soto said."Our women are doing a wonderful job with this piece."
Soto says OCC's Chorale will perform the Mozart Requiem at its spring concert, set for Saturday, May 18.
"We've slated an ambitious season -- with the Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Ceremony of Carols -- but this new collection of singers is up to the task," Soto says."I'm very excited with the progress we've made this fall, and with our prospects for the future.
"I'm proud to say that OCC's Chorale is back!"
Advance concert tickets, priced at $5, are on sale in OCC's Community Education Office, located adjacent to the college's library.The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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www.occ.cccd.edu, 1 May 2003 [cached]
The Chorale is under the direction of Orange Coast College music instructor, Dr. Ricardo Soto.Soto is in his second season as director of the Chorale.Southern California born and bred, he earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California.
Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.Prior to that, he was head of the choral program at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for four years.
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www.occ.cccd.edu, 27 Nov 2002 [cached]
93 will feature guest conductor, Dr. Ricardo Soto.Soto is director of OCC's 120-voice Chorale.
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Guest conductor, Soto, is in his second season as director of OCC's Chorale.He earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from USC.Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.
OCC's orchestra is supported by a variety of community groups and individuals, as well as by the college's Community Education Office.
Advance concert tickets, priced at $8, are on sale in the Community Education Office, located adjacent to OCC's library.The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.Tickets for children, students and senior citizens are priced at $6.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
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www.occ.cccd.edu, 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
Orange Coast College's 125-voice Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Soto, will open its 2002-03 season with a pair of free concerts Saturday afternoon (Oct. 26) in the campus' beautiful new Arts Center.
The concerts, titled "The Glory of St. Marks, Venice," will begin at noon and 2 p.m.OCC will dedicate its $15-million Arts Center that morning.The college will also host a campuswide open house that day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.The open house will include campus and department tours, food booths, lectures, workshops, lab activities, performing arts events, displays, sports events, and demonstrations.
The two Chorale performances will run for 40 minutes each.
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"We decided to do an opening concert in the Arts Center to both unveil the new building and also to take advantage of its wonderful acoustics," Soto said.
"The three-story building features an open atrium with open catwalks.That makes for spectacular acoustics.The choir will be split into several segments located in different spots on the second and third floors, and the audience will be on the first floor.It will be a wonderful learning experience for our students."
The concert will include soloists.
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Soto says the unique acoustics of the new Arts Center feature a several-second delay in the echo throughout the hall.
"Some music has been written especially for time-delay, and we're going to sing four of those pieces."
Soto compares the acoustics in OCC's building to the remarkable acoustics found in the famous St. Mark's Basilica, situated on the Piazza San Marco in Venice.
"That basilica has the most marvelous acoustics," he says."There are four choir lofts in the building.Composers have written music -- featuring the juxtaposition of contrasting sounds -- specifically for that building.Were you to look at a musical score for one of those pieces in a classroom, you'd wonder 'What is this all about?' But, as you hear the music being performed in the basilica, you understand why."
Soto's Chorale will offer four double-choir pieces in the opening concert."We'll sing at each other from different parts of the building," he says.
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"The acoustics of the Arts Center actually allow the audience to hear the rolling river in the performance," Soto says.
The Chorale will offer the Jamaican spiritual, "Shut de Door."
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Soto is in his second season as director of the OCC Chorale.Southern California born and bred, he earned his B.A. and Master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California.
Before joining OCC's staff in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.Prior to that, he was head of the choral program at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for four years.
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