Those lucky enough to attend the 'Music & Merriment' celebration at a home in the Merced Hills heard world-renowned guitarist Jaume Torrent and violinist Joseph Gold last Saturday.
University of California, Merced music instructor Henrik Jul Hansen, who is also director of the Merced Symphony, met the two musicians when he played with them a few years ago. Since violinist Gold is from the Bay Area and Torrent was in the area, Hansen was able to get them to perform for the fund-raiser.
Torrent, a resident of Barcelona, studied under the legendary Jascha Heifetz. is known for incorporating his Spanish heritage in his playing while also pioneering a technique that takes advantage of electric amplification.