Wednesday pick: Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Green Room’ features Rei Hotoda and Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio

Both Fresno Philharmonic music director Rei Hotoda and concertmaster Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio give great interviews: They’re sharp, funny, accessible, easy with an anecdote and passionate about their music. The orchestra’s latest installment of its Green Room series on Facebook and YouTube (8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15), features Hotoda talking with Sant’Ambrogio about her life on and off the concert stage.

I bet it will be a great conversation. If you’ve ever wondered what it is exactly that a concertmaster does, you’ll probably learn a lot. For example, did you know the concertmaster has to bake cookies for the entire orchestra? Wait. That isn’t right. You need to watch the interview for the real story. Here’s the YouTube option:

And here it is on Facebook:

This is all part of a continuing campaign by the orchestra to maintain a vibrant virtual presence in the community during the pandemic.


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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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