Saturday pick: Fresno State Symphony Orchestra with Peter Klimo and Michael Krikorian

Peter Klimo is a new member of the piano faculty at Fresno State.

What better way to meet the two new piano faculty members at Fresno State than in Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto?

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a concert titled “Two Pianos at an Exhibition” (8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Fresno State Concert Hall). Guest artists are the two new piano faculty members: Peter Klimo and Michael Krikorian.

TMR readers are already familiar with Krikorian, who returns to Fresno State after earning his doctorate in music at USC. In addition to performing and teaching, Krikorian composes music for the concert stage and visual media.

Klimo brings a sterling resume to his new role as assistant professor of piano at Fresno State. A third-prize winner at the 2019 Bartók World Piano Competition, Klimo earned his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music.

Along with the Mozart piece, the orchestra — conducted by Thomas Loewenheim — also includes Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and Mussorgsky-Ravel’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” thus tying in to the title.


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