Donald’s list: Weekend choices (Sept. 15)

Here’s a rundown on promising arts/culture picks for the weekend:

Keyboard Concerts

The Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series at Fresno State kicks off its season with a performance by Mexican pianist Mauricio Náder, who has performed to critical acclaim in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. This will be his second time performing for the series.

Mauricio Náder, pianist

Mexican pianist: Maurico Náder performs at Fresno State. Photo / Keyboard Concerts

Náder’s program will include works by Carrasco, Chávez, Castro, Morales, R. Halffter, Camacho, Nazareth, Águila, Gershwin and Muczynski.

For Keyboard audience veterans, the above mentioned composers will be a departure from the familiar names often performed in the series. (Except for Gershwin, that is.) Andreas Werz, artistic director of the series, is excited about that.


“Most special about this concert and what I am really looking forward to is the theme, ‘Music from the American Continent.’ His program consists of works by composers from the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Uruguay — we have never had such a wide spectrum of American music on the series,” Werz says.

A Houston Chronicle critic wrote of Náder: “Today, no other Mexican pianist matches Mauricio Náder’s busy concert schedule, precise technique, and intense passion.” He has performed at major venues in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Beijing, Oslo, Paris, Lisbon, Río de Janeiro, and Guayaquil, among other cities.

The concert is co-sponsored by Arte Américas and the Mexican Consulate of Fresno.

Take a moment to check out the Keyboard Concerts season lineup as well. It includes such names as Yefim Bronfman, Barry Douglas and Jeremy Denk. I always tell people that the series is one of Fresno’s cultural gems. And you won’t get to hear these world-class artists in such an intimate performance venue almost anyplace else.

Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Fresno State Concert Hall. $25 general, $18 seniors, $5 students.


Kicking off the season: Glover Davis is a Fresno State alumnus. Photo / Fresno Poets’ Association

Poetry reading

The Fresno Poets’ Association, hosted by the master of fine arts program in creative writing at Fresno State, opens its season with Glover Davis:

A Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at San Diego State University, Davis is the author of six poetry collections including “My Cap of Darkness.” An alumnus of Fresno State and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his work has appeared in journals including The Southern Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner.

You can check out the season schedule for the association here, including details on special guest Shawn Wen in November.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Alice Peters Auditorium, Fresno State. Free.

Pacific Artist Series

And yet one more season-opener this weekend: Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series kicks off with a performance by the ALTA quartet, featuring pianists Aarne Kela, Linda Erlenheim, Tina Carter and Arlene Steffen.

The quartet will perform duets, duos, trios and quartets by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Milhaud and others.

You can see the entire season lineup here.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $15 general, $10 seniors.

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