Classical music fans have a bounty of events from which to choose during the coming week, including one of the top collegiate orchestral ensembles in the country. Here’s a rundown:
The St. Olaf Orchestra of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., is on a West Coast tour that includes a stop Monday, Oct. 12, at Shaghoian Hall at the Clovis North Educational Center.
The program includes Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” the world premiere of Daniel Kallman’s “Gaia: Desecration, Lamentation and Awakening,” the second movement from Ginastera’s “Pampeana No. 3,” and Elgar’s complete “Enigma Variations.”
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The orchestra is conducted by Steven Amundson. It was the 2014 winner of the American Prize for orchestral performance among colleges and universities.
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Shaghoian Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. $10 adults, free for students. Tickets: www.stolaf.edu/stolaf-orch, 800-363-5487.
Fresno State’s annual cello festival, held Oct. 8-11, is a boon for anyone who loves the instrument. The gathering includes master classes, cello ensemble rehearsals, a young artists competition, a lecture by the string company D’Addario, and a panel discussion about teaching.
Highlights for the public are two concerts. The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of festival director Thomas Loewenheim, performs 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Works for cello and orchestra are by Bruch, Davidoff, Dvorak, Fauré and Tchaikovsky, along with Victor Herbert’s “Suite Romantique.” Tickets: $15, $5 students and seniors.
The Youth Orchestra of Fresno Youth Philharmonic ensemble performs 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Shaghoian Hall, also under the direction of Loewenheim. The evening, titled “Cello Mania,” features a three-cello concerto by maverick composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The guest artists are Emilio Colón, of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Philippe Muller, of the Manhattan School of Music; and Csaba Onczay, of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Tickets: Free admission, though a $10 donation for adults is suggested.
BACH + OCTOBER
“Bachtober” is a tradition at the First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Scott Horton will play the church’s famed Casavant pipe organ.
The program includes two separate settings of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor, the chorales “Von Gott will ich nicht lassen” and “In dulci jubilo,” and the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
Admission is free. Details: 559-227-8489.