Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s season-opener concert

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You can win a pair of tickets to the Fresno Philharmonic’s first Masterworks concert of the season, billed as “Curtain Up: Bernstein & Strauss” (3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Saroyan Theatre). The program includes Rei Hotoda conducting Bernstein’s vivacious “Candide” and Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” along with Vivian Fung’s “Earworms” (a feisty and whimsical orchestral piece depicting the distractions and multitasking of contemporary life) and guest artist Cecile Licad on piano, who joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2.

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To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: What song is your biggest earworm? (If you’re shy, you can just say why you’d like to attend.) Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (7)

  • Amelia Ryan

    I would love to go to this concert! I grew up listening to Candide; I was singing “Glitter and Be Gay” along with Barbara Cook when I was six. Rosenkavalier came later. (I never got to sing it, but I was in the chorus of Arabella.) I also love Saint-Saens! As for earworms, it depends on what I’ve been listening to lately. I’m primary caregiver for my mother, and I sing a lot of old favorites to her. Sometimes “As Time Goes By” gets ahold of me and won’t let go.

  • carloscazador

    Music invigorates all my senses like the wildflowers in Spring that I don’t know by name and so it is with music I cannot always name.

  • Janette

    I can’t think of a specific earworm but there is always some jingle in my head.

  • Caty

    I would love to attend!

  • Kate McKnight

    Right now “Make Your Garden Grow” from Candide is one of my welcome earworms because that will be the closing piece for University High’s annual “Magic of the Arts” at the Saroyan on October 19. (I’m the director/stage manager.) Our entire student body, along with faculty, will come on stage singing/playing that beautiful piece of music that always makes me teary-eyed. So, it’s fabulous that the overture from Candide will be played on Sunday! I hope Mike and I can be there in person to hear it.

  • Kelly Curry

    What a day, what a day for an auto de fe…

  • John Hayes

    Biggest ear worm For me is Mama Mia. Love the Philharmonic!


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