1. THE MANY FACES OF ‘I AM MY OWN WIFE’
We’ve done a lot of 7 cover stories in my day, but you’ve never seen a center spread like this: 40 photos of one actor, all with different expressions. Forty is the number of characters — some substantial, some conveyed in just a glance — that Terry Lewis plays in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. (Bee artist John Alvin did the design.) I had an opportunity to interview playwright Doug Wright in advance of the StageWorks Fresno production, which opens tonight. [Details]
The Shaghoian Hall, with its acclaimed acoustics and intimate setting, is a wonderful place to hear choral works. That’s one reason why people are so excited to hear the towering Mozart Requiem this weekend featuring the Fresno Philharmonic and the Fresno Community Chorus. There are performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but you have to remember that the Shaghoian is about a third the size of the Saroyan Theatre, where the orchestra usually plays. Saturday and Sunday’s performances are nearly sold out, while I’m told that a few seats remain for Friday’s 8 p.m. show.
Which is why it’s so fun to be able to give away a whopping 10 tickets to Friday’s performance. I’ll give a pair of tickets each to FIVE lucky Beehive readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite choral work with orchestra. (If you don’t have one — no problem. Just tell us why you’d like to see this concert. I’ll five comment at random. The winners each will receive four tickets. No repeat entries, please. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to come down to The Bee’s front lobby by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Wednesday. Be sure to check your email between 4 and 5 p.m. that day, because that’s how I’ll inform winners. Complete rules are after the jump.
1. SEE ‘ORDINARY DAYS’
It’s beautiful. There are only three performances left: 8 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Director Anthony Taylor’s Q&A interview is here, and my review is here. [Details]
It happens every year at this time: The first two weekends of December are stuffed with concerts and performances from virtually every musical ensemble in town. I wonder sometimes if all these groups are chasing the same audience, but that’s just the way it is. All you can do if you’re into this kind of music is prepare for a busy couple of days.
I have three stories recapping your holiday and classical options in Friday’s 7 section. The lead story is a conversation between San Joaquin Chorale conductor Roy Klassen and accompanist Kevin Memley, who composed an original piece for the ensemble’s Christmas concert.
If you’re looking for holiday-related concerts, my roundup lists five options:
The Fresno Choral Artists join with the Porterville College Choir for two full-scale performances of Handel’s “Messiah” with orchestra and soloists.
Soli Deo Gloria, a woman’s chorale, performs Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.”
The Fresno Community Concert Band performs “A Most Wonderful Christmas.”
Musica Viva performs its annual Baroque Christmas program.
The Fresno State music department choirs present “Home for the Holidays.”
Just like Mike says, outdoors is going to be a powerful draw. Enjoy spring while you can!
1. SHARE A MOMENT WITH THESE BOSOM BUDDIES
As part of my coverage of the Fresno Choral Artists’ “Return to Broadway” concert 4 p.m. Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church, I got to spend some time with the two delightful ladies pictured below. Barbara Volker, 68, will perform the song “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame” with her mother, Ruth Goble, 90. They make a charming pair. My account of our photo shoot with them is here.
1. ENJOY A RADIO PLAY
I don’t know what the ticket situation is for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” for the final two performances tonight and Saturday at Fresno State, but an email I received yesterday from the box office was encouraging people to buy beforehand and avoid long lines. I gave this charming production my highest recommendation. Here’s my review.
2. The Fresno Choral Artists performs 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Fresno with a program titled “Sacred Music in a Sacred Place: Motets through the Ages.” Hear works by Palestrina, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, and modern composers such as Gilbert Martin and Alan Hovhaness. Special guests are singers from University High School under the direction of Greg Lapp.