The List: Indian classical music, Wind Symphony of Clovis, Shinzen Stroll and more

Welcome to The List, a curated offering of promising events for the weekend. Why stay home with Hulu when there’s a whole world of local stuff to enjoy and support?

1. Enjoy an evening of Indian classical music

Fresno State is hosting Gandhi’s Global Legacy International Conference, and as part of the proceedings, three celebrated Indian classical musicians will perform a concert titled “Melodies of Peace.”

Pictured above: Pt. Debasis Chakroborty and Lovely Sharma perform Friday at Fresno State..

Guest artist is Lovely Sharma, who will perform on the sitar. An academician, music therapist and the first woman to receive the Doctor of Letters in sitar, she is a professor in the department of music in Dayalbagh University in Agra. Also performing is Pt. Debasis Chakroborty, a well-known Indian classical slide guitar virtuoso (and an associate professor in the music department at Mangalayatan University in India; and Pt. Gaurisankar, a leading tabla performer and grandson of the famed dhrupadiya (vocalist) Jotindra Mohan Karmakar.

The concert is free and open to the public.

If you go: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Wahlberg Recital Hall, Fresno State. Admission is free.

Clovis Wind Ensemble

2. Wind Symphony of Clovis performs Sunday

As I’ve written in the past, the Wind Symphony of Clovis is a great way to spend a concert experience.


Brad Riley writes:

We are performing the classic wind band standard “Fanfare and Allegro” by Clifton William’s, “Hoe Down” from Copland’s “Rodeo” as well as a wonderful new work entitled “Beauty Broken.”

Gary P. Gilroy and Christine Keenan conduct.

The group will be joined by the Clovis East High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Marco Mellone.

If you go: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Shaghoian Hall. Tickets are $10, $5 students and seniors. 

A Shinzen Stroll

3. Take a stroll in Shinzen Garden

You’ve gotta love any ticket purchase that comes with a complimentary glass of champagne.

The annual “A Shinzen Stroll” features a Sunday champagne brunch along with music, arts, silent auction and cultural performances. From the organizers:

A joint fundraiser by the Cultural Arts Rotary Club and Shinzen Friendship Garden, you will taste brunch items from local restaurants, while enjoying the beauty, art, and performance pockets in the garden. Champagne and other drinks are available no-host. Ticket price includes food and performances. Proceeds benefit youth arts, educational programs, and the Shinzen Garden.

(Note: There is a city charge of $5 to enter Woodward Park.)

It’s a great event for a worthwhile cause.

If you go: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Woodward Park. Tickets are $35 pre-order, $45 at the door. Buy online at

Good Company Players

Anthony teNyenhuis and Brooke Aiello in ‘My Cousin Rachel.’

4. And don’t forget …

It’s closing weekend for three Fresno-area plays. “My Cousin Rachel” ends its long run at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. It closes with a Sunday matinee. Here’s my review.

Fresno State’s “(Anon)ymous” and Fresno City College’s “Let the Right One In” both close Saturday night.

Plus: Fresno Filmworks screens “A Faithful Man” at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

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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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