News from the arts scene:
The Fresno Metropolitan Museum is finally ready to move past its ho-hum grand-opening show, “Boeing 747 Dinosaurs,” or “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Extinct Creature!,” or whatever it was called — it’s no secret I didn’t like it much — and is opening an exhibition titled “Anna Richards Brewster: American Impressionist.” Opening day is Saturday, and you can look forward to a story in The Bee’s Life section tomorrow by Felicia Matlosz. (Update: Here’s the link.) The Met describes the exhibition:
This innovative and comprehensive exhibition encompasses Anna Richards Brewster’s (1870 – 1952) works in oil, watercolor, gouache, and pen designs for book-illustration. It brings together paintings and prints from private and public collections to resurrect the reputation of an artist who was one of the best-known American woman artists at the turn of the century, and who at the age of 20, won the prestigious Dodge Prize at the National Academy of Design for the best picture by a woman artist in 1890.
This sounds like an interesting show. These are tough times for the Met, and I’m excited and anxious to see how the newly renovated facility makes the transition from its opening “blockbuster” exhibit to this fine-arts offering.
On the jump: Visit Italy with the Fresno Community Concert Band, and mark your calendars for two notable visiting college classical-music ensembles.
FRESNO COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
The Fresno Community Concert Band, conducted by Robert Nielsen, will present its fourth pair of season concerts 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday March 22 in the Fresno City College Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained by calling 225-0225 or 440-9429 or in person at Murphy Bank, 5180 N. Palm at Fig Garden Village. According to organizers:
The band salutes the music of Italy in this special concert featuring great Italian composers. Guest soloists for the concert will be two musicians from the band trumpeters Erik Andrews and Daniel Pena. They will perform the first movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets.
Also on the program: The concert will open with L’Englesina Symphonic March by Cese. Three selections from Italian operas will also be heard including Triumphal March from “Aida”, Verdi’s La Traviata Selections and the beautiful and familiar “Nessun dorma” from “Turandot.”
Recently the Fresno area got a hearty taste of the Lutheran College choral style with an acclaimed visit by the Concordia Choir. Now’s your chance for a second helping with the sounds of the Gustavus Choir, the premier choral ensemble at Gustavus Adolphus College, which will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday March 24 at the First Mennonite Church of Reedley. According to the choir:
Now in its 77th year, the Gustavus Choir is one of six choirs in an active and highly integrated choral program at the College. Under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Aune, the choir has toured extensively throughout the continental United States, and internationally in South Africa, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The choir has also performed for the King and Queen of Sweden, premiered commissioned works by noteworthy international and American composers, and been featured at the prestigious American Choral Directors Association?s North Central Convention.
Admission is free. Details: (559) 638-2917.
WHITWORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Now in a major concert tour across Washington, Oregon and California, the Whitworth University orchestra will make a stop 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 25 at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall at the Clovis North Educational Center. According to the Spokane-based choir:
The orchestra’s performance will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, also known as the Military Symphony. Other selections will include the Renaissance-inspired Ancient Airs and Dances, by Respighi, the Welsh-based Rhosymedre, by Vaughan-Williams, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Admission is free. Details: (509) 777-3280.