My arts picks for the week are all at the same time on the same day – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 – which means a hard decision for fans of chamber and organ music.
The event: The chamber music group Moment Musical offers its first Sunday Serenade concert of the season in a program that includes Richard Wagner’s symphonic poem “Siegfried Idyll.”
The draw: The Wagner piece will pack quite a punch. It features a 13-piece chamber orchestra. Normally Moment Musical presents its programs without a conductor, but in this case, Jeffrey Sandersier will conduct. The piece celebrates the birth of Wagner’s son, Siegfried. Interesting back story: The composer never intended for the piece to be performed publicly, but financial pressures persuaded him to sell the score.
Also on the program: The lineup includes Mily Balakirev’s Octet; Five Tangos by Astor Piazzolla for violin and string bass; and Quintet in G minor for string quartet and piano by Enrique Granados.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Santa Ana Ave. $10 per person, $20 for a family of three or more. A reception will follow the concert. 559-439-1890.
Organ and piano
The event: First Congregational Church presents its eighth annual chamber music concert featuring masterworks for the piano and pipe organ.
The draw: Gina Fazio, Matthew Horton, Robert Maldonado, Kendra Morrison and Scott Horton will perform a variety of selections for piano solo, piano duet, organ solo and piano/organ duet. The program includes works by Johann Sebastia Bach, Edvarg Grieg, William Hayes and Robert Schumann.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Concert is free with an offering taken for the church’s Casavant Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. 559-227-8489.
Benefit for a kidney
The event: A benefit performance for Tony Imperatrice’s kidney donation fund features Imperatrice and Cactus Harris on organ in a program featuring Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, Léon Boellmann and many other composers.
The cause: The local arts community has been rallying around Imperatrice, a stalwart of the scene, and his efforts to battle polycystic kidney disease. He was diagnosed in 2002. The hereditary disorder has slowly destroyed his kidneys and left him in a weakened state. Organizers are raising money to help defray the cost of his impending kidney transplant.
The draw: Imperatrice has played the organ for 40 years and has been a familiar accompanist at local churches, hockey games and done several solo shows at the Rogue Festival. On Nov. 6, he will perform with the Fresno Philharmonic. He’ll be joined by Harris, a past winner of the San Joaquin Valley Keyboard Competition and organist at University Presbyterian Church.
The quip: Ever the showman, Imperatrice says: “In the irony that has hit my life, I’m the organist who needs an organ.”
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave. Admission is free, with a collection taken to benefit Imperatrice’s kidney donation fund.