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Tonight: Free classical concert in Reedley

The chamber group Musica Viva has been offering a series of free “stress relief” concerts for the holiday season. Titled “A Baroque Christmas,” the program features music for flute and strings performed by Susan Doering, Christa Scott, and Dieter Wulfhorst.

Tonight’s concert is 7 p.m. at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church, 1208 L St. On Wednesday, the group will perform at 7 p.m. at Visalia’s St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 120 North Hall St.

For details, call (559) 392-1425.

 

For holiday and classical music, it’s a musical-marathon weekend

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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.”

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Donald’s weekend picks

1. BUY AN ORIGINAL PRINT
Spectrum Art Gallery’s big fund-raiser of the year, its annual print auction, is Saturday, and if you’re looking for great buys on exquisite shots from professional photographers — some of them nationally known — this is the place to be. Below is one of the prints up for auction by John Sexton.

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Donald’s weekend picks

Mike already has run down some great options. Here are a couple more:

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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM ENSEMBLE

Direct from New York, this contemporary ballet company plans an eclectic program 7:30 p.m. today at the Saroyan Theatre. I write about DTOH’s rejuvenation in today’s 7 cover story.

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