Are you a flute lover? Prepare to be serenaded with Moment Musical

Chamber music ensemble will perform a piece by a great 18th century flutist

We’re looking at another relatively quiet weekend on the local arts scene. (And I’m hearing that tickets are quite scarce for Sunday’s double-bill of “Calculus: The Musical” and “Curie Me Away,” which I previewed on my January CMAC show, so if you’re looking for something to do, you might be out of luck there.) Which gives me a chance to lavish some attention on Moment Musical and its “Sunday Serenade” concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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This faithful chamber music ensemble has been around since 1989. The top-notch musicians who regularly contribute their talents to the loose-knit group are among the best in town. One of them is Janette Erickson, principal flutist for the Fresno Philharmonic. She’s excited to showcase the French composer Michel Blavet (1700-1768), known as the best flutist of his day.

Erickson, accompanied on cello and piano, will perform Blavet’s Sonata in G minor, one of six flute sonatas written by the composer. All were dedicated to well-known women. I wanted to learn more about this piece from Erickson, the expert:

Q: Tell us a little more about Michel Blavet. Did you learn about him in school?

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Donald’s list: Weekend choices (Sept. 21)

Options include new exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum and Armenian Museum, two chamber music concerts and a closing reception at Corridor 2122

(Note: I’m posting this a day earlier than usual because of a Thursday night option.)

The Fresno Art Museum has a venerable tradition: Each year a museum group called the Council of 100 selects an outstanding woman artist over the age of 60 to celebrate. The artist traditionally lives 100 miles or more away from Fresno. This year’s honor goes to a prominent Bay Area fiber artist who just had her 80th birthday. (What a way to celebrate!) The exhibition “Joan Schulze: Celebrating 80” opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 22.

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Delicate quilting: Joan Schulze’s “Not So Long Ago.” Photo / Fresno Art Museum

There’s another exhibition opening as well: selections from the famed AIDS Memorial Quilt cared for by the NAMES Project Foundation. The show is a partnership by the museum and the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

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Donald’s list: Weekend choices (June 2)

Moment Musical closes its season, Hanford’s Kings Players go for the kill, Visalia hosts an American Sign Language production of ‘Oz,’ and don’t forget KFCF’s fundraiser

On my list for promising cultural weekend options:

Moment Musical

This top-notch Fresno chamber music group calls its concerts “Sunday Serenades,” and the description is fitting. There’s nothing quite like closing out a weekend with an afternoon spent in a contemplative (and cool) space listening to master musicians play great works.

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Quintet: Members of Moment Musical will perform Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor. Photo / Moment Musical

Moment Musical presents its fourth and final concert of the season Sunday, June 4, with a program highlighted by a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s intriguing Quintet in G minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass. The piece, performed in six movements, is closely related to Prokofiev’s ballet “Trapèze.”

Also on the program: three very different duos by the Baroque composer Frederic Duvernoy (harp and horn), Beethoven (cello and piano), and early 20th century composer Theodor Findeisen (violin and double bass).

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