The last time we checked in with Theodore Kuchar, former longtime music director of the Fresno Philharmonic, he was jetting off to a series of new adventures. One of these was a whopping 44-concert tour of the U.S. by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, with Kuchar on the podium. The tour started Jan. 17 and is wrapping up March 27. (That’s a long time on the road!)
The orchestra performed Saturday in Reno (where Kuchar heads the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and in honor of that the city of Reno declared “National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Day” with a special nod to the maestro), Sunday in Folsom and is scheduled to perform tonight in Arcata. Tuesday is a travel day, and the orchestra will spend the night in Fresno at the Piccadilly Inn Shaw. After that, next stop is a Wednesday concert in Costa Mesa.
If you recall, Kuchar was frustrated on the eve of his departure from Fresno that the Fresno Philharmonic wasn’t interested in having his Ukrainian orchestra perform in Fresno. He knew back then that the orchestra would be passing through on tour. People here need to be exposed to other professional orchestras, a rarity in this area, he told me.
The Fresno Philharmonic opted out not to present the concert because of the timing (coming right after a Masterworks concert) and financial concerns.
It’s too bad the concert couldn’t happen. I would have loved to hear the Ukrainian orchestra perform live.
So, if you’re driving down Shaw Avenue on Tuesday evening and pass by the Piccadilly, give a wave to Ted, and thank him once more for all that he did for Fresno.