Now streaming: the November episode of ‘The Munro Review’
They keep Rei Hotoda pretty busy when she’s in town to conduct the Fresno Philharmonic, so it’s always been a challenge trying to find a time to get her as a guest for my monthly CMAC arts talk show. Then it came to me: Instead of asking her to come down to the studio for an interview — a time that usually conflicts with her rehearsal schedule when she’s in town — why not come to her?
That’s exactly what producer Kyle Lowe and I did last week. We met up with Hotoda and Fresno Phil CEO Stephen Wilson to talk about a very special upcoming concert on Nov. 11. The orchestra will offer a massive performance of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” to mark Veterans Day. Adding to the impact is the fact that this Veterans Day is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
We met Hotoda at the Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium on a Monday afternoon and got to show her the Legion of Valor Museum, then did an interview in the lobby. It’s a nice piece, and you’ll learn a lot about the concert.
Other guests on the show are Dakota Simpson of Simpson Theatricals, who is producing “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”; and a quartet of lovely singers from the upcoming Good Company Players production of “Footloose.”
Hope you enjoy!