The Henry Madden Library at Fresno State continues the eighth season of its Noontime Concert Series with a free, public performance by the Fresno State Guitar Orchestra at 12:10 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Library’s Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room (3rd floor, North Wing)
The Fresno State Guitar Orchestra was founded in 1976 by Dr. Thomas Gabe and continued under the direction of Professor Emeritus Juan Serrano from 1983 to 2006.
Dr. Corey Whitehead became co-director of the group from 2003-2006 until Serrano’s retirement, and has led the group since. The Orchestra has performed as an opening act for the Fresno Grand Opera, Manuel Barrueco and Angel Romero. The group has performed at CSU Summer Arts in Florence, Italy, and as students in the Cordoba Guitar Festival in Spain.
The program features two large works, the “Fugue BWV 541” by J.S. Bach, which presents themes used in many later works by the composer, and also “Don Quijote” by Georg Philipp Telemann, Bach’s contemporary, who was quite innovative in creating a programmatic work in the age of absolute music.
Seating is limited. Parking is $3 with a day permit from a parking kiosk.