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Fresno Philharmonic presents their Digital Masterworks Series.

April 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

For 2021, the Fresno Philharmonic is presenting a series of online performances in their Digital Masterworks Series. Each concert will premier on YouTube, and will later be broadcast on Valley Public Radio on the 2nd Tuesday following each YouTube premier. Join host David Aus and conductor Rei Hotoda for this series of special broadcasts.

Intersections of Past and Present: Hailstork and Haydn

On Valley Public Radio, KVPR FM89: Tuesday January 26th at 10PM CST | 8PM PST

American composer William Bolcom‘s Commedia is a witty commentary on the classical symphonic style of Haydn. The music of Adolphus Hailstork (a BQ composer), hailed as the dean of African-American composers, is also steeped in the classical tradition.

American Visions: Copland Appalachian Spring

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:30pm CST | 5:30pm PST

The varieties of American music are on display in this program combining new voices with Aaron Copland‘s popular ballet score Appalachian Spring. Joan Tower‘s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman sets the stage for our musical exploration of American identity featuring recent works by Jessie Montgomery and Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (a ChoralQuest composer).

Vive la France: Ibert Divertissement

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30pm CST | 5:30pm PST

Alons-y! This program is a Francophile’s delight culminating in the charming insouciance of Jacques Ibert‘s Divertissement. Our season-long exploration of contemporary African-American composers continues with Jasmine Barnes‘ timely Resistance Brass Quintet.

Bach to the Future: Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:30pm CST | 5:30pm PST

The Masterworks Series concludes with a celebration of the influence of Baroque music across five centuries. Gabrieli’s music written for St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice was an important for the turn from the Renaissance to the Baroque musical style. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 exemplifies the high Baroque style, while works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and Kevin Day testify to the Baroque’s lingering inspiration down to the present.

Check out their YouTube page on these dates and times to listen to each program.