UPDATE 9/24: I’ve added a few more entries in my classical listings.
ORIGINAL POST 9/22: In the Sunday Spotlight section I give a peek at the array of musical options for classical covers coming up in the 2013-14 season.
One of those is the opening Masterworks offering next weekend from the Fresno Philharmonic — an all-Tchaivkovsky program that includes guest artist Inon Barnatan (pictured) performing the Piano Concerto No. 2. Included in my mini-profile of Barnatan is a nod to some of the season’s big offerings, including Sarah Chang, Lynn Harrell, Van Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko and an original opera by Jack Fortner.
Here are links and text to as many full season schedules as I could compile:
The Masterworks lineup includes Barnatan, Chang, Orion Weiss, the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale in a Wagner extravaganza, Wu Man and the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. The pops series highlights Paul McCartney music, the sounds of Christmas and Cirque de la Symphonie. Full Masterworks schedule / Full Pops schedule
My interview with piano great Leon Fleishman, who kicks off the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series on Sunday, was in Friday’s 7 section. (It also turns out Fleishman was a mentor to Barnatan.) Along with Van Cliburn winner Kholodenko, the season lineup features Shai Wosner, Jung A-Lee, Jonathan Biss, Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov, Stephen Hough and Tamila Salimdjanova. Full schedule
FRESNO GRAND OPERA
The big offering to come is an original production of “Les Miserables” featuring Broadway and national tour veterans. Full schedule
FRESNO CHORAL ARTISTS
First concerts are “Hail! The New Day” (A celebration of newness, morning, and rebirth), scheduled for Oct. 26at 4:00 pm in Oakhurst at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and Oct. 27 at 4:00 pm at First Congregational Church in Fresno.
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE CHOIRS
The FCC Symphonic Choir and City Singers will celebrate the Sounds of the Season on Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm in the OAB Auditorium. In addition to a performance of Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata”, the singers will perform “Nocturnes” by Dan Forrest with members of the FCC percussion ensemble. The FCC Vocal Jazz Ensemble will open the semester with the FCC Jazz Ensemble in concert on Oct. 23 at 7:30pm on the FCC Theatre mainstage.
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE CONCERT BAND
Oct. 10: Fresno City College & CSUFresno Combined Band Concert
Oct. 16 Concert Band 7:30pm Theater
Dec. 4: Concert Band 7:30pm Theater
March 12: FCC & Clovis High Concert Bands 7:30pm Theater
April 8: Brass Bash 7:30pm OAB Auditorium
May 6: Brass/Perc. Ensemble 7:30pm Theater
May 7: 7:30pm Theater, Jay Crone – Euphonium
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE OPERA WORKSHOP
Nov. 1-3: “Don Giovanni”
FRESNO COMMUNITY CHORUS MASTER CHORALE
Lineup includes “Magnificat” and Benjamin Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” with the Bach Children’s Choir and soloists. Full schedule
FRESNO COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
Highlights include “A Band Sampler,” “Sleigh Bells Ring” and “If It Isn’t Baroque.” Full schedule
FRESNO NEW MUSIC
Highlights include a Mark Applebaum jazz recital. Full schedule
FRESNO PACIFIC CONCERT CHOIR
Nov. 24: “Let Heaven and Nature Sing.”
March 30: “Eternal Rest”
April 27: “My Father’s World”
PACIFIC CONCERT SERIES
Oct. 13: Tromba Musica brass quintet
Jan. 24: Pianist andn composer Walter B. Saul II
Feb. 20: Winds of the San Joaquin woodwind ensemble
March 20: Julie Carter, vocalist, and Rudell Joy Gaje, piano
FRESNO STATE CONCERT CHOIR
Nov. 24 (2:30 p.m., Concert Hall): Concert Choir will present Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicholas–his cantata about the famous bishop who lived in the first half of the fourth century.
Dec. 8 (2:30 p.m., Concert Hall) Seasons Greetings concert, including the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers (conducted by Tony Mowrer), and members of the Bach’s Children’s Choir.
FRESNO STATE OPERA THEATRE
Dec. 6, Wahlberg Recital Hall: Joint performance with San Jose State University Opera Theatre
FRESNO STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:
December: “A Baroque Christmas “; concerts in Kingsburg (December 15th, 7:00 p.m, Our Holy Family Catholic Church), Fresno and Visalia (Dec. 10 and 12, venues to be announced)
Feb. 2: “The 4th Annual SuperBowl Alternative Concert”, Porterville
Feb. 20-23: String Quartets by Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Felix Mendelssohn; concerts in Fresno (with “Orpheus” on February 23 at CSUF), Visalia, and Kingsburg
April 1-4: Piano Trio concerts in Fresno, Visalia, Porterville
SAN JOAQUIN CHORALE
The season’s first concerts of the group (pictured below) are Dec. 7 in Reedley and Dec. 8 in Fresno. Full schedule
SOLI DEO GLORIA
Nov. 22: 7:30 pm at University Presbyterian Church: “Sing It Sister!: Six Centuries of Girl Groups”
May 3: 7:30 pm at University Presbyterian Church: “Soli Deo Gloria Goes Soli: from Bach to Broadway”
YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF FRESNO
Season lineup includes “Winter Stars,” “Star-Crossed Lovers,” “Side by Side with the Fresno Philharmonic” and “Joy Project/Beethoven Symphony No. 9.” Full schedule