Donald’s list: Weekend choices (Nov. 10)

Options include Keyboard Concerts, the Fresno Film Festival and Fall Dances at Fresno City College. Plus: events at Bitwise and Sequoia Symphony

Here’s a roundup of promising arts/culture picks for the weekend:

Keyboard Concerts

This highly regarded series has brought some of the world’s most famous, seasoned pianists to Fresno. But the series is also a way to experience some of the most accomplished young talent as well.

Daniel Hsu, pianist

That’s the case with Daniel Hsu, who will perform as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series at Fresno State. Hsu is winner of the bronze medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which made him an instant star. The 19-year-old Bay Area native on Friday will present a virtuoso program consisting of works by Schubert, Chopin, J.S. Bach/Busoni, Rachmaninoff, and Marc-André Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé.

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Biegel returns to play with Sequoia Symphony

Jeffrey Biegel, who couldn’t hear or speak until corrective surgery at age 3, will play Grieg’s piano concerto. It will be his 2nd performance with the symphony in 2017

The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, which recently changed its name from the Tulare County Symphony after 57 years, kicks off its 2017-18 season with a familiar guest artist.

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel played with the Visalia-based orchestra in February, performing a piece by Claude Bolling.

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A fan of Grieg: pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

Now the New York-based Biegel is returning on Saturday, Oct. 7, to play Grieg’s famed Piano Concerto in a Masterworks concert titled “Gods and Heroes.”

“It went so well, that I got a call for an immediate re-engagement,” Biegel says of his February gig.

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