Museum to host ‘Alligator Margarita’

Museum to host ‘Alligator Margarita’The Maturango Museum opens its 2018-19 concert series with “Alligator Margarita,” an evening of instrumental storytelling by violinist Anna Schaad Montgomery and guitarist Dr. Tom Foggia on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Coso Gallery.

“Picture a swamp as the evening sun sinks below the horizon,” said Montgomery. “The alligators are waking up and getting ready for a big party. In the center of the swamp is a fabulous bar with a pink flamingo mixing her specialty margaritas. The alligators put on their cool blue sunglasses, and the party gets started

“Every song tells a story, and good music can take you on fantastic journeys, sparking your imagination,” she added. “I love to get the audience involved in the stories behind the music, and then as they listen, they can hear the story unfold.”

Foggia is a local guitar legend and professor of music at Cerro Coso Community College. The two musicians got together to work up some of her music and other original and classic tunes and discovered that their backgrounds and styles were instantly cohesive. “Music is a language, and Tom speaks it fluently. It is such a blast to play music with him, because his understanding is so comprehensive, and that makes him extremely versatile,” said Montgomery.

She is a composer, musician and teacher who plays an active role as an artist in her community with her unique style and original music. She is dedicated to inspiring people to follow their passion and delights in teaching the secrets of the violin to students young and old.

Schaad Montgomery has released four instrumental albums, including “The Raven Project,” “Songspell,” “The Journey” and “Dream Within a Dream.”

Foggia is classically trained on the acoustic guitar with degrees from California State University Sacramento, Arizona State University and New York State University at Stony Brook.

He has added jazz and other music to his repertoire.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in the museum store or online at at

Pictured: Tom Foggia and Anna Schaad Montgomery — Courtesy Photo

Story First Published: 2018-08-24