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Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series

concerts span ages and places for 2019-20

From exploring early music to premiering a new composition, the eighteenth season of the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University—offered during the university’s 75th Anniversary year—includes a variety of performances from artists known in the Valley and around the world.

Tickets are available at the door for each of the five concerts. More information about the entire series is online at fpu.edu/pacificartist, by email at music@fresno.edu or by calling the FPU Music Office at 559-453-2267.

From Alpha to Omega—Original Piano Compositions by Walter Saul

Sunday, September 8, 4:00 p.m., McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission $15 general audience, $10 FPU community, $5 FPU students.

Walter Saul, D.M.A., professor of music, is resident composer and pianist of the FPU music faculty. He has performed both books of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier from memory, and composed his own set of 24 preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys entitled From Alpha to Omega. He will perform this work in its entirety for the season’s inaugural concert.

Early Music Lecture and Concert Featuring Christa Evans, Flute, and Andrus Madsen, Harpsichord

Saturday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. (lecture), 7:30 p.m. (concert) Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. Admission $15 general audience, $10 FPU community, $5 FPU students.

Andrus Madsen hails from Provo Utah. He studied Organ at Brigham Young University and has degrees in harpsichord and musicology at the Eastman School of Music. He resides in Newton, MA, where he is music director at Second Church in Newton and performs on the harpsichord, clavichord and the organ as a chamber and solo performer. He is the founder/director of Newton Baroque, playing in the La Sylva, and Saltarello ensembles. He is known for improvising at concerts.

As a Baroque flutist, Christa Pehl Evans has performed across the United States with early music groups, including Tempesta di Mare, Fuma Sacra, the Kingsbury Ensemble and Newton Baroque. Now teaching music history at FPU, she earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in historical musicology with a certificate in women’s studies and completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in flute performance and early music at Northwestern University. She researches centers on music from late 18th-century Pennsylvania.

CASK Quartet in Concert: Cactus Sam Harris, organ/Aaron Burdick, tenor/Sherah Moore-Burdick, soprano/Krista Harris, flute

Sunday, January 26, 4:00 p.m., University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Avenue, Fresno. Admission $15 general audience, $10 FPU community, $5 FPU students.

Cactus Harris holds a B.A in Music Education and M.A in Conducting from California State University Fresno. He has won the San Joaquin Valley Keyboard competition and received a Biggs Fellowship recipient from the Organ Historical Society. He is director of music and organist at University Presbyterian Church, Fresno.

Aaron Burdick earned his B.A. and M.A. in Vocal Performance at California State University, Fresno. His opera performances include Carmen and La boheme, and he has soloed in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Britten’s Saint Nicholas Mass and Bruckner’s Te Deum. Burdick is also a choral director for Clovis Unified School District.

Sherah Moore-Burdick started piano at seven and voice at 16. She earned a B.A. from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s in Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, both in voice. She is the voice instructor at FPU and keeps a voice and piano studio.

Krista Harris is an FPU graduate who teaches instrumental music in the Clovis Unified School District and in her private studio. She has been active in music groups at FPU, California State University, Fresno and the community. Harris earned her Master’s in Music degree in Flute Performance at Fresno State.

Nicola Mazzani, Piccolo, and Natasha Kislenko, Piano

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 p.m., McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission $25 for all audiences.

Nicola Mazzanti is solo piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, performing as both a flute and piccolo soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy, Europe, the USA and Japan. He teaches at the Hochschule in Luzern, the Conservatorio in Lugano (Switzerland) and the Conservatorio Verdi in Milano. He published The Mazzanti Method for piccolo and is a graduate of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence and D.A.M.S. (University of Arts and Music).

Natasha Kislenko, D.M.A., has won prizes at international competitions and performs extensively in Europe and the Americas. A principal pianist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, she has soloed in pieces by Shostakovich, Grieg, Clara Schumann and Mozart. Born in Moscow, Kislenko holds degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Southern Methodist University and Stony Brook University. She is on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Music Academy of the West.

Faculty Emeritus Larry Warkentin Presents his Menno Simons Cantata and Premiers his Sonata for Violin and Piano

Sunday, March 22, 4:00 p.m., McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission $15 general audience, $10 FPU community, $5 FPU students.

Emeritus Faculty Larry Warkentin, D.M.A., earned his B.A. degree at Tabor College, M.A. at California State University Fresno, and doctorate at the University of Southern California. A composer, pianist, choral conductor, church musician and educator, from 1962-2002 he was an FPU music professor, also chairing the department, the Humanities Division and the faculty. Warkentin’s choral works have been widely published. His hymn tunes are included in Worship Hymnal, Sing Alleluia, Hymnal a Worship Book and Covenant Hymnal.

October events:

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 1-2, “Believer’s Church Lectureship: The Holy Spirit and the Church,” hosted by Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. A.J. Swoboda, Ph.D., Foursquare pastor, professor and author, will speak at multiple events in Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, including:

“Distracted: The Holy Spirit and Paying Attention,” 2:00 p.m. October 1
Missiology Forum: “Disillusioned: The Spirit’s Mission Toward Those Walking Away from the Faith,” 7:00 p.m. October 1
College Hour: “The God Who Hovers: The Holy Spirit, Vocation and Calling,” 10:00 a.m. October 2

Register at fresno.edu/believerschurch

Saturday, October 5, “Sunbird Saturday,” homecoming for men’s and women’s soccer, including tailgate and activities. Ramirez Field on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. 5:00 p.m. women vs. Concordia, 5:30 p.m. tailgate, 7:30 p.m. men vs Concordia. Free admission and activities. BBQ dinner $7 for adults, free for children. Register for dinner at fresno.edu/sunbirdsaturday

Friday, October 25, “Trunk-or-Treat hosted by Fresno Pacific University Athletics,” on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Treats for kids at Sunbird Athletics events: 5:00 p.m. women’s soccer vs. Point Loma, Ramirez Field; 6:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Holy Names, Special Events Center; 7:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Point Loma, Ramirez Field. More at fpuathletics.com.


Monday, October 21, “Fresno Pacific University Art Exhibits,” by alumnus David Hembree and students. A variety of student work in Sattler 104 Art Gallery and Hembree’s paintings and mixed media in McDonald Hall First Floor Gallery. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday until December 13. Free. More at fresno.edu/events.art.


Saturday, October 26, Fresno Pacific University “Pacific Artist Series II: Early Music Concert,” featuring Christa Pehl Evans, flute, and Andrus Madsen, harpsichord. Lecture on Sara Levy 6:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m., Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders. More at fresno.edu/pacificartist, music@fresno.edu and 559-453-2267.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, “Fresno Pacific University Choral Union Concert,” featuring the Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus and San Joaquin Chorale. $5 general admission, free for students and FPU community. More at fresno.edu/events/music , music@fresno.edu and 559-453-2267.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, “Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band Concert,” 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free for students and FPU community. More at fresno.edu/events/music , music@fresno.edu and 559-453-2267.

Fresno Pacific University presents: Leaving Iowa: The Comedy About Family Vacations by: Spike Manton and Tim Clue

Description: Leaving Iowa is a wild family road trip comedy about the joy to be found on a family vacation…and the family that’s still looking. Join us for an evening of travel, revisiting the past, and several meltdowns…buckle up, y’all…it’s gonna be quite a trip.

Dates/Times: Nov. 14-16 & 21-23 at 7pm, Nov. 17 at 2pm. All performances are in North Hall 123 at Fresno Pacific University (inside the corner of Chestnut and Butler) 1717 Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaving-iowa-the-comedy-about-family-vacations-tickets-70563075057

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