I’ve already told you on the blog about several weekend-pick-worthy events going on this weekend: the Fresno Philharmonic’s last Masterworks concert of the season (here’s my story in Friday’s issue of 7); the world premiere of the opera “The Sisters of Manzanar” at the Warnors Theatre with keynote speaker George Takei of “Star Trek” fame (another 7 story by me here); and the San Joaquin Chorale’s Saturday spring concert at the First Congregational Church.
Here are two more picks:
ORGAN A-PLENTY: The “8 Guys and a Doll Organ Concert” features — you guessed it — eight men and one woman playing the organ. Sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the concert is a benefit for the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy pre-collegiate scholarship of the Central California Youth Performance Awards Competition. Event organizer Laurell writes:
There are nine performers, counting Slaten Van Saun. Of the group, he is the oldest, yet newest to the organ and will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Four organists are collegiate level: Tyler Baker, Cactus Harris, Sheridan Haskell and Tyrell McKenzie.The four in high school are Luke Shrestha of Fowler High, Hannah Zentner from Kingsburg High, and Christopher Herrick and Ethan Peterson, both of University High.
They are all presenting their polished pieces in preparation either for competition, college entrance, church service or something else special. It is a culmination of their combined efforts in learning the pipe organ plus their individual talents that led the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy to invite them to perform.
The 3 p.m. Sunday concert is at the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, 280 W. Shaw Ave.
CINCO DE MAYO: In Friday’s 7 section, the weekly Music Roundup (compiled by guest writer Jefferson Beavers, who’s filling in for Mike Oz — welcome, Jefferson!) highlights this weekend’s downtown Cinco de Mayo celebration:
Rising Mexican pop star Dulce MarÃa (pictured), best known as an actress in the telenovela “Rebelde” and also as a member of the popular supergroup RBD, performs Saturday night. Graciela BeltrÃ¡n — who is also known as “La Reina de la Banda,” or the queen of traditional Mexican banda music — performs Sunday night.
More than 20 musical acts will join MarÃa and BeltrÃ¡n on two stages during the festival, which starts today and runs through Sunday with music, food, folkloric dancing and activities for kids.