Local musician to perform at Latino Spirit Awards
El Centro resident Esteban Corona is set to perform at the Latino Spirit Awards in Sacramento on Monday. (STEVEN ESPERANZA PHOTO / May 2, 2013)
The 23-year-old El Centro resident said he hoped playing in different places would better prepare him for the event.
“I’m not super nervous about performing, but I’m sure that day I’ll have a few butterflies,” Corona said. “I’m just trying to stay focused and make sure that musically my point gets across.”
The local musician is scheduled to perform Monday at the ceremony, which was created by the state’s Latino Legislative Caucus in 2001 to recognize and honor distinguished Latinos for their contributions and dedication to the state and the U.S. economy and cultural life, according to its website.
Corona said he was asked to perform at the ceremony because his classical music background was not usually associated with the Hispanic culture.
He is set to perform the prelude from Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Minor.
“It’s one of my favorite pieces,” Corona said. “I’ve performed it in the past and have sort of gotten attached to it.”
The Southwest High School graduate said he attributed his love and knowledge of music to his first music teacher, Carolyn Sechrist.
“Mrs. Sechrist sparked the fire,” said Corona with a smile. “She was my teacher from fifth grade until my freshman year of high school when she retired.”
Sechrist described her former student as a talented musician and wonderful young man.
“It does not surprise me at all that he would be asked to perform at an event like the one he’s going to,” Sechrist said. “He deserves to be there.”
Due to his aggressive playing style, Sechrist said musicians like Corona are rare.
“You don’t find too many people that take ownership of the instrument the way Esteban does,” she said. “A lot of people can play it, but the musical qualities that follow set him apart.”
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