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Classical Guitarist Brian Torosian Returns to MCC Virtual Concert Series Nov. 8

Classical guitarist Brian Torosian will perform a solo recital on his 10-string guitar for the McHenry County College (MCC) Second Sunday Virtual Concert Series on Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. The concert will be available for public viewing via livestream at  

Torosian will perform pieces ranging from the Renaissance era to the 20th century by Francesco da Milano, Mauro Giuliani, Reginald Smith Brindle, J. K. Mertz, and others.

In addition to standard six-string guitar, Torosian plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas; the latter two including those made for him by R.E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. He is president of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society and directs the guitar program of Northeastern Illinois University where he is a multiple recipient of the Instructor Excellence Award. Torosian received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra. His recordings include a collection of J.K. Mertz's guitar and piano duos.

The Second Sunday Concert Series features a variety of classical, jazz, and folk musicians from the greater Chicago area, along with semiannual concerts featuring the MCC chorus, concert band, and jazz ensemble. Upcoming musicians include the MCC Jazz Concert on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.; the MCC Band and Chorus on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.; an MCC Student Recital on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.; and the Cor Corps Horn Ensemble on December 5 at 7 p.m. The concerts, free and open to the public, will all be held virtually at due to existing Restore Illinois gathering restrictions.

For more information about the MCC music program, visit or contact Michael Hillstrom at (815) 479-7814.