I’m looking forward to the Fresno Philharmonic’s concert on Sunday for a couple of reasons.
For one, it’ll be Rei Hotoda’s second time on the podium as the orchestra’s new music director. She has a moving program titled “Homage” planned that includes Beethoven’s famed Symphony No. 5 and returning guest artist Orion Weiss, who will playing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Secondly (and more personally), I’m actually going to be an official part of the afternoon! I’ll be guest-hosting the pre-concert lecture, “Words on Music,” at 2 p.m. in the Saroyan Theatre. On stage with me will be Hotoda. She and I will talk about the program — which has a Veterans Day theme — and also a little about her as a person off the podium, based on a profile I’m writing that will be posted later this week.
I hope you’ll be able to make it for my own Fresno Philharmonic “debut.” One way I can help: I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to the 3 p.m. Sunday performance. Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment on this post telling us about a veteran in your life and what he or she means to you. (And if you don’t know one personally, you can speak in more general terms.) Or, if you’d rather, just tell us why you want to go to the concert.
I’ll pick two winners at random. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at Will Call. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. I’ll get back to the winners later that morning.
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