Weekend music picks: Marc-André Hamelin with Keyboard Concerts, Fresno Pacific choral concert

Hamelin is known for his performances of rare piano works.

Two stellar offerings to whet your classical-music appetite, both at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24:

• The Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series welcomes acclaimed Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who performs at the Fresno State Concert Hall.

Hamelin was called “one of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times” by International Piano Quarterly. He’s known for his exploration of rare works of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

In his Fresno concert, Hamelin will perform Dukas’ Sonata in E-flat minor and Beethoven’s Sonata in B-flat Major, Op.106 “Hammerklavier.”

Tickets are $25 general, $18 seniors, $5 students.


• A “Midwinter Choral Concert” features choirs from Fresno Pacific University and Fresno’s University High School, joined by the San Joaquin Chorale and the Fresno Choral Artists. 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 24 at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno. Highlights include a combined performance of John Rutter’s Requiem conducted by Jeffrey Wilson, director of FPU’s music program. Soprano soloist will be Alyson Moore, who has performed internationally and currently serves as director of choirs at University High School, artistic director at Fresno Choral Artists and a member of the voice faculty at FPU.

Admission is free.

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