The Fresno State Department of Music will present the Art Song Festival this weekend at Fresno State. The two-day festival — taking place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 — will feature performances by students, faculty and guests including two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Joe Moore interviewed Briggs about the Art Song Festival for KVPR’s Valley Edition news program.

Art song is a vocal music composition, written for one voice with piano accompaniment.

The Art Song Festival includes master classes, lectures, faculty concerts, a poetry workshop and a student showcase.

Festival schedule:

Friday, Feb. 23, Wahlberg Recital Hall

  • 10 a.m. to noon — Masterclass: Any national school, Dr. Maria Briggs
  • 1 to 3 p.m. — Masterclass: German Lieder, Dr. Robin Fisher
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Lecture: From home to stage: Lied from the late 18th to the       early 20th century, Dr. John Karr
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Poetry workshop, Juan Felipe Herrera, laureate poet
  • 7 to 8 p.m. — Faculty recital: Dr. Maria Briggs will perform works by Duparc, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Tchaikowsky and Wagner.
  • 8 to 9 p.m. — Reception and discussion

Saturday, Feb. 24, Concert Hall

  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Masterclass: Italian, Spanish and Russian Art Song,                 Vladimir Chernov
  • 4 to 5 p.m. — Student showcase and best singer award
  • 6 to 7 p.m. — Faculty recital: Vladimir Chernov will perform works by Tchaikowsky, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Borodin.
  • 7 to 8 p.m. — Reception and discussion

The Fresno State Art Song Festival will be featured on KMPH Fox26’s Great Day between 8 and 10 a.m Friday, Feb. 23.

Audience tickets for the festival are $15 for a two-day pass. They can be purchased here. Information: Dr. Maria Briggs, 559.278.2655 or