Fresno Philharmonic returns to Saroyan Theatre for holiday program

Posted on: December 3, 2021

The Fresno Philharmonic’s holiday-themed family program on December 4 will represent the orchestra’s first time back performing at Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre in nearly two years. Music Director Rei Hotoda will conduct the concert, to include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” and music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and the movie Frozen. Performers will include soprano Jill Gardner and bass-baritone Tim LeFevre. Due to the pandemic, the orchestra began its 2021-22 season this fall with chamber-sized concerts and a smaller audience at Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall in Clovis North High School, which CEO Stephen Wilson said gave the orchestra “flexibility to manage any continuing COVID safety restrictions without sacrificing the comfort or musical experience of the audience.” The orchestra’s upcoming January program at Saroyan will feature Jerod Impichchaachaahaˈ Tate’s Clans, Augustus Hailstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, Bruch’s Violin Concerto with violinist Robert McDuffie, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“New World”).