On new episode of ‘The Munro Review on CMAC,’ meet Matthew Horton and Karen Madden in Fresno Pacific’s ‘For the Love of Piano’

The latest episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC” is here, and it includes a story from the gorgeous new performing arts center at Fresno Pacific University. In it I talk to pianists Matthew Horton and Karen Madden, who perform in this weekend’s “For the Love of Piano” concert (7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Warkentine Culture & Arts Center). The interview starts at the 13:50 mark:

The episode has some great moments, including:

• Horton and Madden performing on two pianos, as they will in the concert, and discussing their program, which will feature the music of Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Arensky. Horton is Fresno Pacific’s accompanist. Madden is a piano instructor and director of keyboard studies. Lending their vocals at the concert will be guest artists Sherah Moore Burdick (soprano), Kaylene Clark (alto), Aaron Burdick (tenor) and Joseph Camaquin-Vigil (baritone). Horton and Madden discuss what it’s like to be so in sync with each other at the keyboard that they don’t need a conductor to stay perfectly together. They also praise the new arts center and what it means to the university’s music program.

• Celebrated author and peach farmer David Mas Masumoto visits CMAC to talk about his new book, “Secret Harvests,” the story of his “lost aunt” separated from his family for 70 years. (“Every family has secrets,” he writes.) The book is beautifully illustrated with more than 30 woodblock prints by Patricia Wakida. A reading by Masumoto and an ArtHop exhibition of Wakida’s woodblock prints is March 2 at the Downtown Artist Gallery.

• Two wonderful Good Company Players actors visit CMAC as well. Jessica Knotts talks about her role in “Shakespeare in Love” (at the 2nd Space Theatre), and Roger Christensen represents the new production of “Singin’ in the Rain” at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. There are interesting similarities between the two shows and actors: Each title was adapted from a movie into a play; and each title had a big impact on the respective actors in their formative years.


• Plus: my usual wrap-up of news and commentary from The Munro Review.

It’s all coming to you from the CMAC studios. Hope you enjoy!

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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.

Comments (2)

  • Bruce Morris

    I am not sure if my previous Reply was sent…

    Patron of the Arts
    Saxaphonist exraordinair

    Please join family and friends
    as we

    Remember Randy
    Sunday 5 March
    2- 5 PM
    Fresno Art Museum

    Thank you again for your sensitive post on my brother Randy’s unexpected passing.
    We hope you will join us March 5th.

    Bruce Morris
    Stockholm, Sweden

  • Jackie Ryle

    Wow, Donald, thanks for this blockbuster article and video. Jam packed with news and reviews, we get a great overview of the wonderful art in our community! I really loved the interview with Mas and can’t wait to read his new book. I was fortunate to get to see Dear Evan Hansen (which I enjoyed a lot!) and have seen Singing in the Rain and am scheduled to go again. Love that show. I, like Roger, am one who saw the original movie when it first came out! Really looking forward to seeing it a second time at Roger Rocka’s! And I love Shakespeare in Love, too, and look forward to seeing it at Second Space. Thanks for all of this, Donald! Informative, enlightening, entertaining, and motivational! You bring it all!


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