Wednesday pick: Fresno Philharmonic debuts new Beethoven radio series

Following up on the success of its “Green Room” Facebook video series (which highlighted individual members of the orchestra), the Fresno Philharmonic is unveiling another series, this one on radio. “Beethoven: Crisis and Creativity” celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, on Valley Public Radio.

The series is a partnership between the radio station, the orchestra and the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series. It will feature archival performances drawn from both institutions’ recorded concerts. Host is Valley Public Radio’s David Aus, with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and special guests providing discussion and commentary.

The first episode features world-renowned pianist Barry Douglas, a favorite of the Keyboard series. He will be featured in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 29; the “Fidelio Overture”; and the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56.

The Beethoven series will run for six episodes at 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 30-Nov 4.

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