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Donald’s weekend picks

So many things to do, so little time … besides the following, be sure to check out our mammoth list of holiday-related concerts, plays and events …

Where can you get snowed on in Fresno? Best bet is Children’s Musical Theaterworks’ “White Christmas,” which opens Friday and continues through Dec. 15. This production is CMT’s annual community-theater offering with performers of all ages. Here’s a description from the company:

The beloved classic holiday movie comes to life onstage in this new musical sensation! Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two iconic song-and-dance men, follow a sister act to Vermont, only to discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge they were to perform at is owned by their former commanding general. White Christmas boasts such hits as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “White Christmas” and is sure to be a Holiday treat for the whole family! All performances feature a “Snow Zone” in section “A” center seating audience members will be treated to a light snowfall. Directed by theater veteran Elizabeth Fiester, and featuring Nick Netzley, Dan Aldape, Heather Price, & Hannah Huyck. (Bee photo below by Craig Kohlruss) [Details]

The premiere performance of Kevin Memley’s “The Prayer of St. Francis” is a highlight of the San Joaquin Chorale’s Christmas concerts. Many of the pieces on the program are newer arrangements of familiar carols, including “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger” and “Jingle Bells.” In a more reflective turn, the chorale will sing Locklair’s “O Magnun Mysterium” and Fielding’s “Behold the Dark and Bitter Night.” Roy Klassen conducts. The chorale performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church, 1208 L St., Reedley; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Fresno’s First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.  Reedley concert is free; Fresno concert is $10, $5 students and seniors. [Details]


StageWorks Fresno is in the opening weekend of “A Year with Frog and Toad” at the Severance Theatre, 1401 N. Wishon Ave. I have a story about Brent Moser (who plays Frog) and Joel Abels (who plays Toad) and their real-life friendship in today’s 7 section. The show continues through Dec. 16. [Details]

Ever listened to an elephant-herd-sized group of tubas boom out a Christmas carol? Manchester Mall is a great place to experience the annual Tuba Christmas. Noon and 1 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Ready for a wall of sound? The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Fresno Youth Philharmonic, both under the direction of Thomas Loewenheim, combine forces Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre to make up a whopping 180 instrumentalists for a performance of Holst’s “The Planets” and Stravinski’s “Firebird.” On top of that, 40 female members of the Fresno State Concert Choir, under the direction of Anna Hamre, will join the instrumentalists. Read my recap in today’s issue of 7. [Details]

Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Aileen Imperatrice says:

As some of you have already heard, Tony is unable to perform this concert tonight due to a sudden illness that had him in the hospital yesterday. The decision was made to not go through with the Christmas Tradition concert tonight in Fresno, nor the one tomorrow in Selma. We are rescheduling to a later date in December. So everyone who has a ticket for tonight or tomorrow can hold onto them and they will be good for the rescheduled performances. And if you hadn’t bought one yet, then at least this gives you another chance. Look to future posts for updates. Please share this message with anyone you know who has either bought a ticket or was planning on going to either concert. Thank You!

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