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 […]

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Sharing the Fresno State story through music

Anthony Radford, Alejandra Tejada and Maria Briggs at the National Opera Association conference in New Orleans in January 2018.

At the recent National Opera Association Conference in New Orleans (Jan. 3-7), voice Professors Dr. Maria Briggs and Dr. Anthony Radford, as well as master’s graduate Alejandra Tejeda, all presented on behalf of the Fresno State Department of Music.

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Fresno Master Chorale’s fall concert remembers Executive Order 9066

Master Chorale in concert Nov. 19

The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale, directed by Fresno State professor emeritus Dr. Anna Hamre, will perform “Remembrance and Healing: Executive Order 9066 and the incarceration of ethnic Japanese in America.” The fall concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall.

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Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Romantic Obsession’

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra presents "Romantic Obssession"

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert titled “Romantic Obsession” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Concert Hall at Fresno State. The concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony and selections from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin.” Dr. Thomas Loewenheim will conduct the Orchestra.

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Lecture-recital: ‘Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy’

Voice and Silence featuring Drs. Maria Briggs and Tina Botts

“Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy” is a lecture-recital scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Fresno State Concert Hall. In this collaboration between the Department of Music and the Department of Philosophy, soprano Dr. Maria Briggs and philosopher Dr. Tina Botts will explore the role of women in operatic dramas and philosophy.

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‘Don Giovanni’ lecture-recital brings together musical artists and humanists

From left: Dr. John Karr, Dr. Maria Briggs and Limuel Forgey at the Don Giovanni lecture/recital

Spanish and voice students took their learning outside of the traditional classroom and into Fresno State’s Concert Hall on Friday, for a cross-disciplinary lecture-recital that examined Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

This collaborative effort between the Department of Music and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures combined operatic singing, lecture and a question-and-answer segment in a 50-minute class performance.

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Center for Creativity and the Arts presents its lineup for fall 2017

Woman weaving a rebozo

The Center for Creativity and the Arts 2017-18 theme will be “Voice and Silence: Expressions of the Human Spirit and Community.”

“’Voice and Silence’ will look at the various ways in which we communicate our ideas, points of views and concerns regarding current events,” said Cindy Urrutia, coordinator of the center.

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Music student advances to national opera finals; others win awards

Music students win awards

~ By Tom Uribes, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com Fresno State music major Tiffanie Trujillo has advanced to the New York Lyric Opera’s National Competition that will be held April 28 on Broadway in New York City. Trujillo, 21, of Fresno, qualified during the semi-final round in the classical category in Division 1 (ages 18-28) held March […]

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Fresno State Opera to perform ‘Die Fledermaus’ with live orchestra

Photo of cast for Die Fledermaus opera

The Fresno State Opera Theatre will join forces with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra to perform a full opera production of Johann Strauss II’s comic operetta “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) at 8 p.m. April 21 and 2 p.m. April 23 in the Concert Hall on campus. More than 75 students are involved in the production of […]

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Symphony Orchestra to perform Nov. 12 with choral accompaniment

~ Photo take during a recent rehearsal UPDATE, Nov. 14, 2016: Above is a YouTube video featuring a number from Saturday’s performance. ORIGINAL POST: The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra will perform its second concert of the 2016-17 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Concert Hall at Fresno State. In this concert, the Orchestra will […]

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