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Donald’s Top 20 cultural events of 2012

It’s time once again for my annual Top 20 list of Fresno-area cultural events. As I explain in my Sunday Spotlight column, I consider everything on my theater-classical-music-opera-visual-arts beat that I’ve seen, with the understanding that I never get to experience all that I’d like because of scheduling conflicts. The hard part this year, as always, was figuring out how to whittle my list down to 20. I give more background on each of my picks in my Sunday column, but here is my list in abbreviated form in alphabetical order:

1. 1821 Calaveras Gallery & Studios, downtown Fresno.
2. Taylor Abels in “Urinetown,” College of the Sequoias.
3. Brooke Aiello in “Hamlet,” The New Ensemble.
4. Kirkman Amyx at Fresno State’s Artist Invitational.
5. Jacqueline Antaramian in “Master Class,” StageWorks Fresno.
6. “Assassins,” Fresno State.
7. Emanuel Ax, Keyboard Concerts.
8. “Ballet Stars of San Francisco,” Lively Arts Foundation, Saroyan Theatre.
9. “Carmen,” Fresno Grand Opera.
10. Kristin Chenoweth, Fresno Grand Opera concert, Saroyan Theatre.
11. Concordia Choir, Shaghoian Hall.
12. Philip Levine and Peter Everwine with the Benjamin Boone Jazz Quartet, Tower Theatre.
13. Louise Mandrell in “Calamity Jane,” Good Company Players.
14. Melinda Parrett  in “Next to Normal,” StageWorks Fresno.
15. Joel Pickford’s “Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora,” Fresno Art Museum.
16. Scott Piper in the “Love Conquers All” Youth Orchestras of Fresno concert, Shaghoian Hall.
17. “Poe and Matthews,” Rogue Festival.
18. “The Rocky Horror Show,” Artists’ Repertory Theatre.
19. “Spring Awakening,” the Underground@CMT.
20. Ashley Taylor in “Ordinary Days,” Organic Theater Factory.

What do you think? What would you add or take away?

Here are my Top 20 lists for 2011,  2010 and 2009.


Responses to "Donald’s Top 20 cultural events of 2012"

Pat S says:

I would have included the Dia de Los Muertos exhibit at Arte Americas. It was amazing!

M. Sims says:

Would like to know the Author’s reason for not including Jackie Evancho at Saroyan in Feb? It was the biggest classical related event of the year! The FGO went on to sponsor and perform with her at other concerts in the Bay Area and recently in Santa Barbra!

Danielle says:

I agree with this list on many levels!! My number one has to be Melinda Parrett in N2N. In fact, that whole production is my number one followed VERY closely by Ordinary Days. Such beautiful shows, full of vulnerable and powerful performances by some of the best actors in town.

pk says:

Yes- Next to Normal was a standout of 2012!!

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