Here’s your chance to experience the Fresno Philharmonic’s search for a new conductor. I have three pairs of tickets to give away to the 3 p.m. Sunday concert at the Saroyan Theatre. Alexander Mickelthwate, the third of six finalists competing for the music director job, will conduct a program that features Mason Bates’ “Mothership,” originally written for the YouTube Symphony (the Fresno Philharmonic for the first time will include a laptop among its instrumental lineup), Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (featuring guest soloist Philippe Quint) and Berlioz’s epic “Symphonie fanstastique.”
Your ticket also will let you into the 2 p.m. “Inside the Music” program, in which Mickelthwate will talk a little about himself and the program.
Here’s how the giveaway will work: Enter by leaving a comment on this story answering this question: What is the most “fantastic” concert you’ve ever attended? (It doesn’t have to be classical. Or, if you’re feeling shy, you can just tell us why you’d like to attend.) You have until 4 p.m. Thursday to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via Facebook message. Be sure to check your Facebook message requests Thursday afternoon. (If I haven’t heard back from a winner in a reasonable period of time, I reserve the right to pick another.) You’ll be able to pick up your winning tickets at the Saroyan box office Will Call window.
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