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!


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.

Comments (2)

  • Jackie Ryle

    I particularly enjoyed this months interviews. The emphasis on preservation of the old and moving forward to the future of the is especially appealing. Thank you, Donald

  • Jackie Ryle

    I especially enjoyed this episode! It’s wonderful to be able to keep up with the arts community through you!!! Thank you, Donald!


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