The 2021 Bach to Blues event will be streamed starting at 6 p.m., Friday, May 14 at

By Staff Reports

Bach to Blues, a longstanding community and college musical event, transformed delivery to video for its 2021 performance.

“Last year the event was cancelled one week before the performance date,” said Maria Amirkhanian, pianist and co-organizer of the event. “It was a big deal for us because it was also the Gavilan Centennial celebration. Plus a number of special performances were planned.”

With the continuing pandemic protocols and required social distancing stretching into the second year, the music organizers reached out to faculty in the Communication Studies and Television and Film programs to re-imagine the event.

Bach to Blues, the 2021 edition, will showcase recorded performances of featured musicians with headliner JJ Hawg Blues Band, along with faculty Maria Amirkhanian, Dahveed Behroozi and Albert Marques. The local winner of the 2021 Youth Piano Competition, Diego Carillo, will also perform.

In addition to the musical performances, Bach to Blues will feature interviews with communications instructor Denise Besson, local musician Eric Siverson and retired Liberal Arts & Sciences dean Fran Lozano.

The 2021 Bach to Blues event will be streamed starting at 6 p.m., Friday, May 14 at  It is a free concert to showcase musical talent at the college and in the community.

“There’s no charge,” said faculty member Albert Marques, “But if you want to donate, all the money goes back into the music program. We hope to see everyone, face to face, at Bach to Blues 2022.”

Robert Airoldi