TONIGHT! The Fresno State Department of Music will proudly present the very first concert of OFF THE GRID, Fresno’s own vocal ensemble for rare and contemporary music. This is an exciting new ensemble made of singers from around the Greater Fresno Metropolitan area, conducted by Fresno State’s own Dr. Anna Hamre. On the program tonight will include works by Nico Muhly, David Schneider, and Ryan Keebaugh. Special guest Limor-Toren Immermen, violin, will be joining on Nico Muhly’s work. Come by and check it out tonight! Ticket information can be found on the Fresno State Department of Music concert page, here.
This week, the Phillip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert series presents a special concert: the Toren-Loewenheim-Werz trio, with guest violist Claudia Shuih, will be performing a concert of Piano Quartets. Included on this concert will be Kenneth Froelich‘s PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 (2012), premiered last year by Pacific Serenades. At that premiere, Froelich’s quartet was hailed for being “set with imagination and imagery,” and received high praise. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Concert Flyer: Toren-Loewenheim-Werz Trio Flier
Greetings Fresno New Music faithful! It has been a few weeks since I last posted a concert here, as the winter months tend to be pretty quiet here in Fresno. Fortunately, we have quite a few New Music events upcoming now that the Spring semester is upon us. And, without further ado….:
This Friday, January 24th at 7:30 pm, Fresno Pacific composer Walter Saul will be holding a recital and CD release party for his new album “Sonatas and Meditations for Piano.” This is part of Fresno Pacific’s “Pacific Artist Series.” For more information, please click here.
This Saturday November 23rd, the FRESNO STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will premiere Dr. Kenneth D. Froelich’s SYMPHONY NO.1: DREAM DIALOGS. Dr. Froelich, who is also the director of Fresno New Music, has written extensively about the creation of his Symphony on his professional website. You can read his “Symphony No. 1: A Blog” at http://kennethfroelich.com/symphony-no-1-ablog/. This concert also features Prof. Bruce Bransby (double bass) performing Serge Koussevitsky’s “Double Bass Concerto,” as well as a performance of Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan.”
The concert will be at the Fresno State Concert Hall, 8:00 pm. For ticket information, please go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/music/concerts
Wednesday November 13th: The Fresno State Music Department is proud to present the Fall 2013 Student Composers in Recital. Works by Fresno State compositions students will be performed, featuring works by Joseph Bohigian, Ethan Castro, Adam Kehler, Nathaniel Díez Musso, and Evan Warwick.
Friday November 15th: Fresno New Music and the Fresno State Music Department proudly present The Vientos Trio. The Vientos Trio, one of Los Angeles’ most active ensembles, has been engaging and delighting audiences with their innovative performances since forming in early 2008. Hailed as “accomplished” and “like race horses waiting at the gate” by composer John Adams, the performers of the virtuosic and musically sensitive Vientos Trio are among Southern California’s top young musicians. Members of Vientos have performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, LA Ballet, among countless other orchestras.
Ticket information for both events can be found at http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/
This week, Fresno New Music is excited to host featured guest ensemble NuBC: Collective, along with guest composer Dr. Dorothy Chang. The NuBC: Collective was described by the Vancouver Sun as “a dream gift…One of the best additions to local new music circles.” The Nu:BC Collective brings together the spectacular talents of flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Corey Hamm. Now in its eighth season as an ensemble in residence at the University of British Columbia, Nu:BC has presented more than 30 critically acclaimed concerts featuring repertoire by exciting and influential contemporary composers from Canada and abroad. Known for their intense, virtuosic performances, and collaborative relationship with composers, Nu:BC has premiered dozens of works, and have commissioned works by many composers, including Dorothy Chang, Brian Cherney, Chris Paul Harman, Scott Godin, and Taylor Brook, Michael Oesterle, Gabriel Dharmoo and Christopher Sivak. They will bring to Fresno an engaging and evocative program that features the music of Paul Steenhuisen, Kamran Ince, Toshio Hosokawa, Brian Cherney, and multiple works by Dr. Chang.
Fresno New Music’s featured concert of chamber ensemble CONUNDRUM, originally scheduled for Friday November 1st at 8:00 pm, has been postponed due to an unforeseen event. This concert will now take place on Friday March 28th at 8:00 pm. Please join us for our two remaining November events, starting with NuBC: Collective on Friday November 8th.