My arts picks kick off with the first piano concert in a new season from one of the Fresno area’s most impressive cultural institutions. Plus: a pops concert in Tulare; and Fresno’s poet laureate does an outdoor reading.
The event: As the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series opens its 45th season, it’s bringing in a name that might sound familiar from four seasons ago: the Italian-born Alessio Bax, who is now living in New York. He replaces German pianist Joseph Moog, who had been scheduled to appear.
The draw: Bax was a first-prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, according to his website. He has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.
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His program includes Beethoven’s Sonata in C-sharp Minor and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
What happened to Moog? The German pianist’s withdrawal came Tuesday and was doubly a surprise because he’d canceled on Keyboard Concerts last season because of health reasons. Andreas Werz, artistic director of the series, says Moog was on a plane at Frankfurt International Airport that was delayed because of a bomb threat. Moog experienced such anxiety he refused to fly even though the plane eventually took off. His other American dates along with Fresno had to be canceled, too.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Fresno State Concert Hall. www.keyboardconcerts.com, ticket reservations at 559-278-2337. $25, $18 seniors, $5 students.
Tulare County Symphony
The event: The orchestra opens its 57th season with the annual Pops in the Park concert.
The draw: The concert program features the “very best of pop, classical, film and Broadway” plus the traditional Americana. Bring a picnic dinner. The stars overhead come at no extra cost.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, Zumwalt Park, 400 E. Tulare Ave., Tulare. www.tularecountysymphony.com, 559-732-8600. $20.
Respite by the River
The draw: Herrick, who is clearly relishing his role as the city’s ambassador of poetry, is the author of two books: “This Many Miles from Desire” and “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.” He’ll be preceded by live music during the dinner hour by Terry Barrett. You’re welcome to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dinner and purchase a glass of wine. Dessert will be for sale.
Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, River Center, 11605 Old Friant Road. www.riverparkway.org, 559-248-8480. Free.