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Donald’s weekend picks

The Fresno Philharmonic delivers a feast of Beethoven this weekend. Guest artist is the career-on-fire Elena Urioste, who will play Beethoven’s violin concerto. Also on the program: the Coriolan Overture and the 3rd Symphony (“Eroica.”) I talk to Urioste and delve into the issue of the Fresno Philharmonic trying to expand its demographic reach in a big cover story in Friday’s 7 section. I’ve included an image of today’s cover — one of my favorites, thanks to a stunning photo. Concerts are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 Sunday. [Details]

2. 60 TIMES 60
The Orpheus chamber ensemble has a fascinating weekend event planned: In “60×60,” a multi-media concert, New York composer Rob Voisey presents 60 one-minute compositions from 60 composers from around the world with video accompaniment. Dancers from In the Spotlight will begin the concert with a presentation of improvisatory dance performed to electronic works by Fresno composers. 5 p.m. Sunday, Wahlberg Recital Hall, Fresno State. Details: (559) 278-4240.


If you’ve participated in the Sierra Art Trails annual open-studio tour, you’ve probably seen Ginny Burdick’s gorgeous studio in the foothills. Now you can visit her new Fresno gallery, which opens with a reception 1-6 p.m. Saturday. A Sense of Place is located at 2003 N. Van Ness Blvd. in a renovated 100-year-old building close to the new Fresno Art Hub gallery.

Featured artists for the opening show include Burdick with pastels and watercolor; Penny Otwell with oil, acrylic, collage and watercolor; Rosemarie Wright with unusual felted jewelry; Kristin Burdick with origami jewelry and shadow boxes; and Rex Williams with photography. [Details]



The Fresno Community Concert band has a ways to go to catch up with Super Bowl  XLVII, but the ensemble is giving its best shot with “Super Concert VII” just a weekend before that big football thing everyone is talking about. From the band’s website:

Celebrate our 20th season with us with super music, a super band and super audiences! You’ll hear an exciting potpourri of band favorites – “Mannin Veen”, a venerable symphonic poem composed in 1933, “On a Hymn Song of Philip Bliss” by Holsinger, the overture to “Desert Song” by Sigmund Romberg, “Alerseelen” by Strauss – and, of course – a Sousa march! This concert will be big!!

Concerts are 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fresno City College Theater. [Details]


Have you heard of the “Meet Your Neighbors” project? It’s a collaboration of more than 40 photographers around the world shooting in a distinctive style:

Each subject is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest.

Fresno photographer David Hunter is exhibiting his new collection of photos from the project at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. It’s a spectacular technique, and I highly recommend this show, which continues through the end of the month. [Details]

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