Art Song Festival comes to Fresno State

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

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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