Diego Mondragon will be performing May 11 at the Annual Mother’s Day Brunch at Thornton Winery & Restaurant.
The brunch runs from 11 am to 4 pm and features violinist Mondragon from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Reservations are accepted as the brunch is always a sell-out.
Mondragon believes that any dream can be achieved. He practices as a school psychologist and teaches while pursuing his underlying passion for music.
Born in Mexico City and raised in California from age five, Mondragon is genuinely bicultural, yet he has a deep respect and value for his Mexican, French and Spanish heritage. At age seven he was taught by his father; his first teacher in the study of violin whom was also an acclaimed violinist with the Magic Violins of Villa Fontana.
Classically trained, Mondragon played his first solo violin concerto at age 10 and later became the first chair in the South Bay Youth Orchestra in San Diego.
Mondragon has played for presidents Ronald Reagan and Roberto de La Madrid of Mexico. He has performed in venues in Cuba, Paris, Barcelona, England, Italy and Japan. Today, with a new CD out, “Corazon de Mondragon,” eight original compositions which he describes as a mixture of acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance, his band plays in major events throughout California and abroad.
As a performer, Mondragon believes; “music has the ability to inevitably tap the still, mysterious deep well of our emotions. Music can recreate emotions and get the listeners involved with the performer’s emotions. Listeners are in an emotional state while listening to that music and often we hear them say “this is my song” and feel that special emotion each time they hear the song. Music is created from the heart and molded by emotion.”
Thornton Winery & Restaurant is located at 32575 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Reservations can be made by calling (951) 699-0099.