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The big March giveaway: Win tickets to 9 plays, concerts and events

In my next month of ticket giveaways on The Munro Review, you can win a chance to see a range of events from the Fresno Community Concert Band to Pink Martini with the Fresno Philharmonic.

Pictured above: Pink Martini performs March 21 at the Saroyan.

I’m giving away tickets to nine events. You (and a friend) could go for free to:

• The Fresno City College production of “The Humans.”

• Fresno State’s concert “A Treasury of Russian Art Song,” part of the university’s third annual Art Song Festival.

•  The College of the Sequoias production of “Stupid Fu**ing Bird.”

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•  A concert by pianist organist Monica Czausz in a solo engagement for the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series.

• “Carmina Burana” at Fresno State, the biggest classical-music event at the university of the semester.

•  The Fresno Community Concert Band.

• A talk by Paul Hessberg, a wildfire expert, as part of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series.

•  The eagerly anticipated Fresno Philharmonic pops concert featuring Pink Martini.

• The Fresno State theater production of “Detroit ’67.”

I’m putting all these giveaways into one post to make it easier for busy arts lovers to enter.

Here are the ground rules:

Ticket giveaways are open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. A free basic membership is available, and paid memberships start at $5 a month. (You can always opt for a one-time donation of as little as $3.) I love signing up new free members, but even better is adding members who are willing to financially support local arts journalism. It’s the only way this site can continue to stay alive. Memberships and donations are tax-deductible; this is a non-profit site under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). To become a member, click here.

To enter, follow the directions for each giveaway (and be sure to tell me which production you’re hoping for). Note the deadlines; they differ for each event. You’re welcome to enter for multiple events, but please leave a separate comment for each entry. You’ll find the comment field near the bottom of the page (just past my bio).

OK, let’s dive in to what’s available. Productions and concerts are listed by opening date:


Fresno City College

A scene from ‘The Humans,’ which opens Feb. 28.

‘The Humans’

Presenter: Fresno City College.

Venue: Fresno City College Theatre.

Opens: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

Runs through: Saturday, March 7.

What to expect: Stephen Karam’s one-act play “The Humans” is an unsettling comic-drama about one family’s dysfunctional and revelatory Thanksgiving. It won a Tony Award for best play and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in drama.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 29, or Sunday, March 1, performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What’s the most dramatic thing that has happened at one of your family holiday dinners? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

Deadline to enter: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.


Art song celebration

Anton Belov

Presenter: Fresno State Department of Music.

Venue: Fresno State Concert Hall.

Performance: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.

What to expect: The renowned Russian dramatic baritone Anton Belov performs at the Fresno State Art Song Festival. 

The giveaway: a pair of tickets.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Belov has performed at Carnegie Hall. Have you ever been there? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.


College of the Sequoias

‘Stupid F**ing Bird’

Presenter: College of the Sequoias.

Venue: COS Theatre.

Opening: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6.

Runs through: March 15.

What to expect: “Stupid F**ing Bird” is a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” written by American playwright Aaron Posner. Director Chris Mangels calls it an extraordinary work.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to opening night.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your least favorite bird? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3.


Saluting the students

Presenter: Fresno Community Concert Band.

Venue: Fresno City College Theatre.

Performances: Sunday, March 15 (3 and 7 p.m.).



What to expect: This outstanding ensemble celebrates “Music in Our Schools Month” with a concert featuring students with special needs from Fresno and Madera Counties.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to the 7 p.m. performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Were you in your school band? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10.


Wildfire lecture

Presenter: San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series.

Venue: Saroyan Theatre.

Lecture: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.

What to expect: Paul Hessburg will discuss the causes, impacts and implications of the mega-wildfires currently plaguing the western United States.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to the lecture.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Are you worried that we’re heading into another drought? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the lecture.)

Deadline to enter: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10.


Keyboard Concerts

Monica Czausz with Keyboard Concerts

Presenter: Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts.

Venue: Fresno State Concert Hall.

Performance: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

What to expect: Are you a fan of the organ? Monica Czausz enjoys a thriving performance career in Europe and the United States where she has appeared at Broadway Baptist Church in Forth Worth, St. John the Divine in New York City, the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, and Trinity Church in Boston. The concert is co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists.

The giveaway: Two tickets to the performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Have you ever been to an organ concert? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

Deadline to enter: 8 p.m. Monday, March 2.


Pink Martini

Fresno Philharmonic: Pink Martini

Presenter: Fresno Philharmonic.

Venue: Saroyan Theatre.

Performance: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

What to expect: Featuring a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Best quote: “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band ”

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to the concert.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your favorite pink drink? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Monday, March 16.


‘Carmina Burana’

Presenter: Fresno State Department of Music.

Venue: Fresno State Concert Hall.

Opening: 8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Runs through: March 15.

What to expect: “Carmina Burana” is some of the most famous choral music around. The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno State Grand Chorus under the direction of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim will feature over 150 performers together on stage. Faculty member soprano Dr. Maria Briggs will be joined by alumni Aaron Burdick and Lim Forgey as vocal soloists. The faculty gala raises money for student scholarships.

The giveaway: A pair of tickets to opening night. How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Would you rather spin the goddess Fortuna’s “Wheel of Fate” or hang out with Vanna White on “Wheel of Fortune”?  (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.


Fresno State

Detroit riots

Presenter: Fresno State Department of Theatre and Dance.

Venue: Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre.

Opens: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Runs through: March 28.

What to expect: The play “Detroit ‘67,” written by Dominique Morisseau, tells the story of conflicting siblings against a backdrop of the race riots that shook Detroit, Michigan, in the summer of 1967.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to any opening-weekend performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Have you ever seen a play directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Monday, March 16.


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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 (20)

  • I would love to see Hessburg at
    Town Hall. I also would like to attend “The Humans” or the Russian Art Song concert. My favorite is the Fresno Philharmonic with Pink Martini. I have seen Pink Martini at other venues (hollywood Bowl, Portland Zoo) but it would be a delight to see them perform in Fresno. Thanks

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  • Jim Wilson

    For Carmina Burana — saw a this performed by the Royal Philharmonia at Royal Albert Hall and have never heard a better performance of the piece. Now I’d like to compare the Fresno State production to see how it stands up.

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  • Jim Wilson

    For Detroit ’67 — yes, I’ve seen many of Thomas-Witt Ellis’ productions. My office used to be down the hall from his before I retired. (And we’re both 49er fans.)

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  • Cleo

    We would like tickets to Carmina Burana– what a fantastic production to squeeze into the CSUF concert hall–can’t wait to see and and your tix would make it even better!
    And we always enjoy the mind bending acting and topics that Thomas Witt Ellis presents to his audiences. “Detroit Riots” will continue his amazing gifts to his audiences.

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  • Linda Ramirez

    Pink drink Cosmopolitan

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  • Jennifer

    The first time I cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving I left the plasric bag of giblets and neck in the bird. An Interesting meal…
    I would love to see Humans at Fresno City on Saturday, Feb. 29 since I’m not so sure about Sunday, Feb. 30😏

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  • Janet Baker

    I am worried about heading for another drought, as well as the length of time it takes to recover. People are still living in hotels in Chico. So I would like to be able to go to Town Hall.

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  • Janet Baker

    I will stick with Fortuna. I would love to relive Carmina Burana on the March 14 production .

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  • Janet Baker

    I have been to an organ concert. I love watching the pedaling and listening to the beautiful pipes. One of my fondest memories was dismantling our organ at church when it was to be rebuilt by Tony Imperatrice. Fascinating little tiny pipes about an inch long to seven foot pipes about eight inch diameter. So I would love to go to the organ concert. Nice to see that the organ that was commissioned is being used.

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  • Wildfire: Indeed I am deeply concerned/frightened what the implications of climate change are for this region – including wildfires!!!

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  • Laura Couron

    I would love to see The Humans on March 1st.

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  • Janet Baker

    I would stay with Fortuna. I am excited that Carmine Burana is being performed and would love to get tickets for March 14. I love the percussion in this piece.

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  • lisa l bartels

    ‘THE HUMANS’
    At my daughter’s wedding dinner, I scooted my chair up to the table to let the matron of honor pass by and tipped the table on my estranged mother spilling her wine and water. She tossed the ice cubes back at me!

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  • lisa l bartels

    PINK MARTINI: A barcardi cocktail, would love to steal sips from my mom’s!

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  • Jeanine King

    I would prefer to spin the goddess Fortuna’s “Wheel of Fate” than hang out with Vanna White on “Wheel of Fortune”. (“Jeopardy” with Alex Trebek would be another matter altogether!) That’s all to say I would love to see Carmina Burana on March 13, 14 or 15.

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  • Terrance V. Mc Arthur

    Pink lemonade for me–shaken, not stirred. I have a PM CD that I found at a thrift shop, and I’ve always wanted to see them live.

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  • Dixie salazar

    Would love to see The Humans, Pink Martini, or Detroit 67.

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  • Patty Stratton

    My husband (band director for 30 years) and I (teacher and former principal would love to “Salute the Students!”

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  • Michele Rodriguez

    I would love the opportunity to see Pink Martini!

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  • erica

    Carmina Burana 🔮

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