A pair of free concerts will put the spotlight on Fresno Pacific University vocal and instrumental ensembles in February.
Americana! is the name of the instrumental ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Songs by American composers with connections to the cultural traditions and heritage of North, Central and South America will be performed by the university Symphonic Band, Pacific Brass, Jazz Band and Alumni/Community Band, along with special guest Madera Community Band. George Dougherty, D.M.A., associate professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music and director of bands, will lead the FPU groups. Nathan Camp and Mark Warmhoff are directors of the Madera Community Band.
Choirs from FPU and Fresno’s University High School, joined by the San Joaquin Chorale and the Fresno Choral Artists, will perform their Midwinter Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 24 at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno. Highlights include a combined performance of John Rutter’s Requiem as well as shorter selections from individual choirs. Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., director of the music program, director of choral activities and professor of music at FPU, will conduct Requiem. The soprano soloist will be Alyson Moore, D.M.A., who has performed internationally and currently serves as director of choirs at University High School, artistic director at Fresno Choral Artists and a member of the vice faculty at FPU.
Admission is free to both concerts and doors will open each evening at 7:00 p.m. for seating. For more information, call 559-453-2267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.