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2014-15 classical music preview

In Sunday’s Spotlight section I give a peek at the array of musical options for classical music lovers coming up in the 2014-15 season.

Fresno Pacific University is first out of the gate with an upcoming Thursday (Aug. 28) opening concert in the Pacific Artist Series featuring The Hord Consort, made up of  John Hord (piano), Pamela Ellzey (flute) and Terry Estabrook (mezzo soprano).

My column includes lots of highlights, from the original “Cantata for Living Martyrs” commissioned for the Fresno Philharmonic as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to an appearance by noted pianist Eliso Virsaladze (of the Republic of Georgia) with the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series.

I couldn’t fit complete season schedules into the print edition, but here I’ve compiled  links and text to as many full season schedules as I could compile. Be aware that some websites have not yet been updated with 2014-15 season schedules. If I’ve left something out, let me know:

FRESNO PHILHARMONIC
The Masterworks lineup includes the return of William Barton on the didgeridoo (Sept. 28), cellist Zuill Bailey (Nov. 7-9), guitarist Charles Ramiez with guest conductor José-Luis Novo (Jan. 25), pianist Lukáš Vondráček (Feb. 13-15), and a special program titled “Witness and Rebirth” marking the Armenian Genocide (April 25) featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale and Fresno State Concert Choir. Pops concerts include the annual holiday affair (Dec. 6) and “Broadway Classics” (May 9). Masterworks schedule / Pops schedule

FRESNO GRAND OPERA
Two operas are on the lineup: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Feb. 15) and “Tosca” (May 7). Full schedule

KEYBOARD CONCERTS
The season lineup features Garrick Ohlsson (Sept. 7), Richard Goode (Oct. 24), Denis Kozhukhin (Nov. 23), Samuel Soria (Jan. 11), Beatrice Rana (Feb. 4), Kuok-Wai Lio (March 6), Eliso Virsaladze (April 17) and Barry Douglas (May 3). Full schedule

 

CLOVIS COMMUNITY BAND
Oct. 12: Shaghoian Hall
Nov. 11: Veterans Day Concert, Clovis Memorial Building
Dec. 21: Holiday Concert at Shaghoian Hall
Feb. 22: Shaghoian Hall
May 3:- Shaghoian Hall
May 25: Memorial Day Concert, Clovis Memorial Building
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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF FRESNO
Sept. 14: 6th Annual Chamber Music Concert. Musicians include Peggy Donabed, Gina Fazio, Matthew Horton, Jane Maldonado, Robert Maldonado, Kendra Morrison and Rebekah Zhou on piano and organist Scott Horton for an afternoon of music. 

FRESNO CHORAL ARTISTS
“Shakespeare Sings – Celebrating the 450th Birthday of The Bard” will be performed Sept. 19 at the Selma Arts Center Sept. 21 at First Congregational Church, Fresno.
On Dec. 14, the ensemble will sing carols for the Fresno Art Museum’s Family Day with a holiday theme. 
On Jan. 23, the ensemble will sing for the museum’s opening reception for new exhibitions.
Winter concert will be Feb. 1: “FCA Tours World Cultures through Song” at the museum.
On April 11, the ensemble will sing at the museum’s “Mini Maker Faire.”
Website (not yet updated for 2014-15 season)

FRESNO CITY COLLEGE CHOIRS
The FCC Faculty Artist Concert Series (Sept 7) will feature performances in many genres by FCC faculty members.
The FCC choral ensembles on Dec. 5 present their annual Winter Holiday concert featuring festive holiday music and sounds of winter.
The Westminster Choir from Rider University at Princeton will perform Jan. 11.
The FCC World Music Concert is a celebration of music and dance representing cultures from around the world (March 13)
“Spring Sing: Liquid Love!” (May 1): Songs about love and water. 
College music events calendar

FRESNO CITY COLLEGE CONCERT BAND
Fall concert is Oct. 15.
College music events calendar

FRESNO CITY COLLEGE OPERA WORKSHOP
Oct. 31-Nov 2: Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedy “Iolanthe”
College music events calendar

FRESNO COMMUNITY CHORUS MASTER CHORALE
Nov. 15-16: Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 6: “Home for the Holidays”
March 22: “Alzheimer’s Stories”
April 25: “Witness and Rebirth: An Armenian Journey” with the Fresno Philharmonic
Full schedule

FRESNO COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
Opening concert (Oct. 19) is a “Big Band Salute” featuring vocalists Debi Ruud and Bob Bergthold. “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 7) features the Bach Children’s Choir. “Super Heroes” (Jan. 25) features guest artist Andrew McAfee on horn. “Them ‘Bones!” (March 15) features trombonist Jay Crone. “Sousa Spectacular!” (April 19) pays homage to the great John Philip Sousa. “Remember the Fallen” (May 24) features soloist Hanna York. 
Website

FRESNO NEW MUSIC
The concert series welcomes four members of the group Brave New Works (Nov. 1). Full fall schedule

FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY CHOIRS
First Concert Choir concert is Nov. 9. The Concert Choir performs Rutter’s Requiem on March 29. Music department website

PACIFIC CONCERT SERIES
Aug. 28: The Hord Consort
Oct. 10:  Heidi Williams, piano
Jan. 22: Soli Deo Gloria Women’s Chorale
Feb. 12: Ricardo Guevara, guitar
March 24: FPU Music Faculty
University music events calendar

FRESNO STATE CONCERT CHOIR
Sept. 19: annual Real Men Sing Festival with guest clinician Dr. Frank Eychaner.
Oct. 22-23: annual Fresno State Invitational Choral Festival with international luminary Rodney Eichenberger, clinician. The Command Performance (Wed eve) features the top Central Valley high school ensembles and Thursday evening features collegiate groups. Both evenings will be concluded with Concert Choir performing Bradley Bodine’s Desert Songs, featuring Sharon Rogers, soprano, and Matthew Darling, percussion.
Nov. 8 : 100th Anniversary Concert of Trinity Armenian Church. Featured will be international star Isabel Bayrakdarian. Also performing will be Fresno State Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Coro Piccolo (from Fresno Community Chorus), Thomas Loewenheim and Limor Toren-Immerman.
Nov. 22: Choir appears with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra to perform Shostakovich’s  “Belinsky Suite.”
Dec. 7: Annual Holiday Concert at Fresno State, including special guests from the Bach Children’s Choir.
March 22:  Concert Choir performs with Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale in”Alzheimer’s Stories.”
April 25: Choir performs with Fresno Philharmonic in “Witness and Rebirth: An Armenian Journey.”
University music events calendar

FRESNO STATE OPERA THEATRE
Oct. 18: “La Pizza con Funghi (Mushroom Pie),” a comic opera by Seymour Barab.
Nov. 7 and 9: “Some of This, Some of That,” favorite scenes from opera and musical theater.
Feb. 27 and March 1: “Carmen” with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra.
University music events calendar

FRESNO STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Season includes the Grieg Symphonic Dances and the Sibelius Symphony No. 2 (Oct. 25),  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 and Shostakovich Belinsky Suite with the Fresno State Choir (Nov. 22), “Carmen” (Feb. 27 and March 1) and the Shostakovich Symphony No. 19 (May 2). University music events calendar

MUSIC AT THE MAIN (VISALIA)
Nov 16: “Best of Colburn” features “Tomorrow’s Stars Today,” a select group of prodigy musicians from The Colburn Conservatory.
Dec 14: The Gabriel Sears Brass Quintet.
Jan 11: David Requiro, cello.
Feb. 15: The Calidore String Quartet.
March 15: David Wheatley, piano.
April 18: Will Hagen, violin.
Website

MUSICA VIVA
Concerts are Oct. 2-4, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 30-Dec. 5 (“A Baroque Christmas”), and March 15-20 (“Armenian Genocide Commemoration”). Website

MOMENT MUSICAL
Opening concert (Oct. 26) includes the Brahms String Quartet in A minor. Other concerts are Jan. 4, April 12 and June 14.

ORPHEUS
Season opens March 8 with “The Space Between the Silence,” a program of world-premiere works by Sonia Davis. Fresno cellist Amy Dockum performs a solo recital for the latest in the ensemble’s “Next Generation” series (April 26), and chamber music by John Cage, Wolfgang Mozart, Henry Purcell, Gustav Mahler, Mario LaVista, Erik Satie. and Heitor Villa-Lobos is featured in “The Old Curiosity Shop” (May 17). Website

SAN JOAQUIN CHORALE
The ensemble’s Christmas concert (Dec. 6) includes Kevin Memley’s “Magnificat” with brass quintet and percussion. Also on the lineup: a cappella Christmas compositions and familiar audience participation carols. Spring concert is May 2 and 3. Website

SOLI DEO GLORIA
Nov. 21: Program includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and music by Eleanor Daley, Edward Elgar, Paul Basler, Tim Sarsany, Andrea Ramsey, and Michelle Roueche.
Jan. 22: Same “Gloria” program will be performed as part of Fresno Pacific University’s “Pacific Artist Series.”Friday, May 1 – Spring Concert featuring music by Brahms, Kevin Memley, Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, spirituals and more. Website

TULARE COUNTY SYMPHONY
Opening concert (Sept. 6) is “Pops in the Park.” Season highlights include pianist Steven Lin playing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Jan. 10) and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (March 7). Full schedule

YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF FRESNO
Nov. 2:  “Full Speed Ahead” 
Dec. 14: “Holiday Hurrah” 
Feb. 8: “Love Across the Stars” 
April 26: “In the Spring of Things” 
May 24: Youth Music Extravaganza: “Water, Water, Everywhere!”

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