Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre to perform ‘Madama Butterfly’

“Butterfly” Dr. Maria Briggs, and "Pinkerton" Jonathan Yarrington

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre will present Puccini’s famous opera with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and seniors and $5 for students.

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Q&A with Dr. Maria Briggs on her role as ‘Madama Butterfly’

Dr. Maria Briggs (Butterfly)

Every two years, music faculty at Fresno State take on the endeavor of producing a full-scale opera in the Fresno State Concert Hall. During the planning meetings, the faculty decided they would likely hire someone to play the role of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). That’s when assistant professor of voice Dr. Maria Briggs stepped in and offered to take on the challenge.

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Dispatches from Germany: Romantic Lied, a CSU Summer Arts course

We are having a great time and learning a lot at Summer Arts in Germany! Fresno State Master of Music student Ashley Trembley works with baritone Bo Skovhus at the Musik Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen Germany 8/2/18.

While CSU Summer Arts Program wrapped up last weekend at Fresno State, several students are still in Germany where they are learning from world-famous opera singer Bo Skovhus as part of the Romantic Lied program in Germany. Fresno State music professor Dr. Anthony Radford is there with a group of 29 students. Here’s what he had […]

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Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’

Fresno State Opera Theatre will present the comic opera "The Gondoliers" this weekend.

Fresno State Opera Theatre will present “The Gondoliers” by Gilbert and Sullivan this weekend. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in the Music Building‘s Wahlberg Hall. “The Gondoliers,” presented in English, is a comic opera.

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Music Notes: Two opportunities to hear music by Dr. Kenneth Froelich

Music Notes: Music by Dr. Kenneth Froelich will be performed

Fresno audiences will have two opportunities to hear music by Department of Music composition Professor Dr. Kenneth Froelich this month. The Fresno Philharmonic, conducted by new music director Rei Hotoda, will perform “Spinning Yarns,” the second movement of Froelich’s Symphony No. 1, during their 3 p.m. concert on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the William Saroyan Theatre.

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Music faculty presents annual gala concert

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

Fresno State’s Department of Music will present its annual faculty concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Concert Hall. This year’s concert will present a symphony orchestra comprising faculty members as principal players alongside selected students.

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