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Sequoia Symphony starts season with all-new Pops

It’s hard to believe that Bruce Kiesling is starting his 10th year as music director of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, but it’s no surprise that he is still just as excited and enthused about the upcoming concerts.
He’s giving a new sound to the Pops in the Park and the Holiday concerts this year, without taking away some of the well-loved traditions.
The 2018-19 season kicks off with the Pops under the Stars on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Zumwalt Park in Tulare. The orchestra will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with five pieces by the famed composer, including “West Side Story” and “On the Town.”
Several of the pieces will be sung by Charlotte Garcia da Rosa, a favorite singer with the orchestra.
The concert will also include traditional tunes and Broadway music. An instrument “petting zoo” will be available for children to try out, and children will also have a chance to help conduct the orchestra. There will also be face painting and a bounce house.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, with the concert at 8 p.m.

Lots of Gershwin
This year also is the 120th anniversary of George Gershwin’s birth, and his music will be featured in both the November and February concerts at the Visalia Fox Theatre.
“Sometimes Gershwin gets short shrift,” said Kiesling. “And Bernstein liked Gershwin so much. I’ve never done ‘Porgy and Bess’ [February 9] or ‘Piano Concerto in F’ [November 17] in Visalia before.”
The Holiday concert on Dec. 8 is entitled “A Soulful Christmas” and will give a featured spot to Hope Garcia, who traditionally belts out numbers for the Holiday concert. She will put her distinct mark on favorite classics old and new.

Betsy Wolfe
The concert not to miss is Oct. 6 when Broadway star Betsy Wolfe comes home to Visalia to perform with the symphony.
“We’ve been wanting to do this concert for several years,” said Kiesling. “Betsy is so lovely to work with, and we’re so excited to bring her here. She’ll be singing some songs important to her career and maybe some things she did back when she was growing up in Visalia.”

Spring 2019
There will be many special moments in the spring concerts as well.
Jan. 12 will feature two symphonies, an unusual pairing. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 1” which Kiesling describes as a “winter snowball fight,” and Sibelius’ best known work, “Symphony No. 2,” featuring “one of the mostly thrilling last movements in the repertoire.” In trying to come up with something to measure up to last year’s John Williams concert which featured live “Star Wars” characters, Kiesling has themed this year’s film concert on March 2 “Super Heroes.”
“It will be mostly Marvel films like ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘The Avengers,’ but there will be one John Williams score: ‘Superman.’”
April will feature the stirring “Pines of Rome” and a different kind of soloist, a guitarist, who goes by one name: Gigi.
“She is one of the hottest musicians right now and is taking the world by storm,” said Kiesling. “She’s a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, considered the most prestigious music school in the world, and we’re lucky to get her here on her way up in the music world.”
Season tickets are still available at the symphony office. The season brochure and order form is on the website www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com. Season tickets must be ordered over the phone or in the office, 559 732-8600, 208 W. Main St., Suite D, Visalia (downstairs in Montgomery Square).

Pops concert
Tickets are $20, free for youth 12 and under with a paid adult.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, a bounce house and fun activities provided by ImagineU Children’s Museum. Quesadilla Gorilla and Bite Me Donuts, featuring Rosa Brothers ice cream, will be selling food.

Those who don’t want to bring chairs and blankets can purchase an up-front table seating 8-10 for $250 ahead of time. Call the office for discounted rates for groups of 20 or more.

Check the links below to take you to their event calendars:

1. Fulton 55, Fresno
2. Sound N Vision
3. 210 Cafe, Visalia
4. Fresno Night Out
5. Cellar Door, Visalia
8. Visalia Fox Theatre
9. Strummers
10. Frank’s Place & Warnors Theatre
11. Full Circle Brewing Co., Fresno
12. The Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel in Reedley
13. Gazebo Gardens Fresno
14. Tower Theatre Fresno
15. Fresno Philharmonic
16. Tulare County Symphony
17. Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen – Fresno
18. Englemann Cellars – Fresno
19. Arte Americas – Fresno
20. Veni Vidi Vici – Fresno
21. Hanford Fox Theatre
22. Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel in Reedley
23. Lucy’s Lounge in the Tower
24. Groggs Irish Pub in Clovis
25. The Tower Theatre in Fresno


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