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For classical music fans, it’s a winning weekend

Just call it the Big Ticket Giveaway.

This coming weekend is huge for the Fresno-area classical music scene. To celebrate, I’m giving tickets away to FOUR events. And you can enter all four giveaways with just one comment. Here’s what you can win:

A pair of tickets to hear acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk perform for Fresno State’s Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series (8 p.m. Friday, April 27, Fresno State Concert Hall). His program includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, Shubert’s Sonata in B-flat, and Prokofiev’s complete “Visions fugitives.”

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Jeremy Denk performs April 27-28 at Fresno State, first with Keyboard Concerts, then the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra.

♦ A pair of tickets to hear Denk — in a great crossover collaboration — perform Beethoven’s famed “Emperor” piano concerto with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Loewenheim (8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Fresno State Concert Hall). The program also includes Prokofiev’s monumental Symphony No. 5.

♦ A pair of tickets to the Fresno Community Chorus big spring concert featuring its Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo ensembles, all in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth (2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, Shaghoian Concert Hall). “Chichester Psalms,” here we come.

♦ One of two pairs of tickets to “Broadway on Van Ness,” featuring past chorus members from Fresno Grand Opera (5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, with a reception an hour beforehand, First Congregational Church). The program includes classics such as Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” to newer tunes such as a selection from “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”

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How do you enter this behemoth of a giveaway?

Leave a comment on this post telling which concert(s) you’d like tickets for. Yes, you can enter for all four, if you wish, but be specific in your requests. All I ask is that if you win, you’ll be able to put the tickets to good use. I’ll pick winners at random and will be contacting them by email, so be sure you check yours after the contest period closes. Deadline to enter is 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

I’ll be covering each of these significant events, along with the final concert of the Orpheus chamber ensemble’s 40th season (also on Sunday), in the next couple of days.


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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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Comments (11)

  • I would love to win tickets to see Jeremy Denk, either solo or in the collaboration with the orchestra. Also Broadway on Van Ness would be cool!!!

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  • Caty

    Broadway on Van Ness!

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  • Dee Robb

    I would love to receive tickets for Jeremy Denk Keyboard Concerts.

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    • Hello Dee,

      Congratulations – two complimentary tickets will be waiting for you tomorrow (Friday) night at the Box Office for Jeremy Denk’s Keyboard Concert.
      Enjoy!

      Andreas Werz

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      • Dee Robb

        THANK YOU!

  • Becca

    I would love to go to broadway on van ness! A friend of mine is singing and she took my suggestion on what to sing with her boyfriend! Would love to see them perform

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  • Amanda

    How thrilling! I’d love to see Jeremy Denk on Saturday evening, the Master Chorale on Sunday, or the Broadway on Van Ness performance on Sunday! What an amazing weekend.

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  • Mike P

    Denk playing with FSSO will truly be a milestone, and the beginning of many more such performances – I hope!

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  • Broadway to Van Ness, please.

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  • Jeanine

    Tickets to see Jeremy Denk perform with the FSSO would be wonderful and very much appreciated.

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  • Cleo Bauer

    We would enjoy any of the four opportunities, and Fresno State Symphony is always a favorite! Lowenstein has done amazing revival with them, and he is a master with the a youth Symphonies of Fresno (YOOF). ALL ofyo commenting should catch the next YOOF concert in June, after they have performed at Disney Hall in LA. You will be happily amazed!!

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