Time for Three defies traditional genre classification with infectious energy, virtuosity and showmanship. This American trio performs everything from classical to bluegrass, folk, jazz and mash-ups of Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry and more.
Rei Hotoda and the Fresno Philharmonic explore a universe of diverse sounds, including the world premiere of a new work by composer Dinuk Wijeratne (co-commissioned by the Fresno Philharmonic and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). The incomparable pianist Zhang Zhou performs Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 and the concert concludes with Prokofiev’s thrilling Symphony No. 5, which the composer described as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.”
The poetry of Philip Levine serves as the basis for Fresno composer Benjamin Boone’s Waterless Music, a meditation on the Central Valley’s most critical natural resource. It is paired with Beethoven’s brilliant evocation of nature in his Symphony No. 6. Acclaimed violinist Sirena Huang makes her Fresno debut in American composer Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto.
Coming shortly after Valentine’s Day, this concert opens with Strauss’ tone poem depicting the legendary lover Don Juan, a work requiring incredible orchestral virtuosity. Joyce Yang returns to the Fresno Philharmonic performing one of Brahms’ favorite Mozart piano concertos. Rei Hotoda then leads the orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ radiant Symphony No. 2.
For centuries the trade routes of the Silk Road transmitted goods and culture between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe in one of the earliest examples of globalization. We explore East-West cultural exchange and influence in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Zhao Jiping’s Pipa Concerto No. 2, featuring the extraordinary Wu Man. Missy Mazzoli’s musical love letter to Detroit, River Rouge Transfiguration, brings the theme of this concert home to the U.S. as we grapple with globalization’s cycles of change and rebirth.
The most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holiday season with the Fresno Philharmonic, the Fresno Master Chorale, and special guests under the baton of guest conductor Scott Dunn. An evening of time-honored seasonal favorites the whole family will love.
Commemorate Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s searing and dramatic War Requiem. Weaving together texts from the Latin mass for the dead and poems by British soldier Wilfred Owen, who died in the trenches of World War I, this 20th-century masterpiece movingly depicts the experience of war from the soldier’s perspective.
Fun for the whole family! World renowned aerialists and acrobats join the Fresno Philharmonic for an evening of thrilling feats all choreographed to live symphonic music. A exciting conclusion to the 2015-2016 season!
Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2014-15 season, the California native’s impressive calendar includes Mozart’sRequiem with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Leoš Janáček’sGlagolitic Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert, Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue and Duruflé’s Requiemwith Donald Runnicles conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Colorado Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony and Reno Philharmonic. The artist returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation Oratorio led by Music Director Robert Spano, as well as for Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. Miss O’Connor also returns to the operatic stage as Smeton in a new production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Kevin Newbury.
Miss O’Connor’s operatic highlights include performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in a new production by Lillian Groag at the Boston Lyric Opera and at the Cincinnati Opera under the baton of Ramón Tebar, Ursule in Berlioz’sBéatrice et Bénédict at Opera Boston, Meg Page in Falstaff with the Santa Fe Opera, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Canadian Opera Company.
Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 54 concertos. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.”