One of the great aspects of music education in Southern California is the abundance of highly skilled musicians looking for regular work as an educator (not to mention a good dental plan). Local horn wizard Charles Owens is one of the lucky ones, making a reliable living teaching not just at UC Irvine, but also for the Bruins up the 405. As conductor of the UCI jazz orchestra, Owens has guided, along with keyboard master Kei Akagi, one of the best college bands in Orange County, one that consistently swings until the curtain falls. Go find out what parents have been paying for this quarter.
Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2008