From the music of the Mediterranean to the treasures of the Baroque and the voices of women composers through the ages, the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University in its 21st season more than lives up to its theme of “Global Jubilations” for 2023-24.

Admission to each concert is $15 for general audiences and $5 for members of the university community. Tickets available at the door or online at More information at or 559-453-2267.

The series kicks off with “Tessellations” by the Cerro Negro at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, in the Elizabeth V. Lyles Theater, part of Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, 4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus. Through many iterations over the past 25 years, Cerro Negro has never stopped wowing audiences with its virtuosity and tight ensemble play. Spanish guitars blended with world percussion forms an eclectic sound, while passionate vocals soar over the bombastic guitar work of Frank Giordano. Meanwhile the nylon string guitar is reinvented in the hands of featured lead player Dusty Brough. Come join the band in bringing together music from around the Mediterranean.

The Pacific Artist Series continues with:

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1540 M St., Fresno

Celebrate the season through narrative and song with FPU choirs and ensembles, the San Joaquin Chorale and FPU faculty, directed by Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., professor of music and director of choral activities. The program includes traditional carols and contemporary arrangements. This FPU tradition since 2001 is inspired by the traditional Christmas Eve service held in the King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University. Advanced ticket purchase strongly recommended as past performances have sold out.

Treasures of the Baroque - Laudami Ensemble

Saturday, January 20, 2024 | 7:00 p.m.
Lin Family Performance Studio | Warkentine Culture and Arts Center | LIMITED SEATING
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno

Known for its lively performances, the Laudami Ensemble brings the past to life through historically informed performance on period instruments. Drawing connections between diverse artistic inspirations, violinist Laura Jeannin and harpsichordist Michael Peterson present a collection of works from the Baroque era centered around the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.

In Her Hands – Agave Baroque

Saturday, February 10, 2024 | 7:00 p.m.
Elizabeth V. Lyles Theater | Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno

In the exciting follow-up program to their Grammy-nominated album American Originals, Agave Baroque and soprano Michele Kennedy explore images of motherhood and the feminine divine through the ages and across continents as told through the voices of female composers. Delve into the intersections of spirituality and incarnation, grief and hope, and ultimately, transformation. From 17th-century Italian convents to the Underground Railroad, this program presents a powerful and vivid journey into the heights and depths of the human experience.

The Pacific Artists Series is the flagship cycle of concerts presented by the Music Department of Fresno Pacific University. Notable past performers have included Janai Brugger (soprano), Rong-Huey Liu (oboe), Francesca Dego (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Ruta Bloomfield (harpsichord), Andrew Funk (bass) and Del Sol Quartet. Additionally, FPU’s talented music faculty, as well as many former students, have also performed.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations