You don’t have to travel to France to hear the Fresno City College City Singers perform. The ensemble is giving a sneak preview of its upcoming trip in “Au Revoir,” a benefit concert that is one of my arts picks for the week. Another good classical-music option: the La Forza Flute Choir, which holds its fourth annual summer concert.
Off to France
The event: The City Singers, under the direction of Julie Dana, is leaving Tuesday, July 12, for a two-week tour of France. Just two days before, on Sunday, July 10, the ensemble will give a benefit concert that offers a preview.
The draw: There’s nothing like an international tour to raise the stakes for a choir and bring out the best in singers. The Fresno City College group is one of four international ensembles to perform in the Festival Choral International en Aveyron in southern France. The 20 singers, plus accompanist Aarne Kala, will perform in villages around the region where they will be hosted with a dinner each night prior to their performance. At its Fresno concert, the choir will perform from a selection of music from around the world, including classical, popular and jazz selections. It sounds like a great sendoff for a group that has worked hard for a trip of a lifetime.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church, 1410 N. Wishon Ave. Donations will be accepted at the door.
A flute lover’s delight
The event: La Forza Flute Choir performs Saturday, July 9. Janette Erickson, principal flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, is music director.
The draw: Erickson is passionate about the flute, and her students and guest artists pick up on that intensity and feed it to an audience. The program includes Russell Howland’s Saxophone Quartet No. 2 (with guest quartet); a flute quartet composed by Eugene Bozza; the world premiere of Cameron Golinsky's “Serendipity”; Katherine Hoover’s “Mariposas”; and Kenneth Alford’s “Colonel Bogey March.” Two student guest conductors, eight flute soloists and three piccolo soloists are among the featured musicians.
Details: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Memorial United Methodist Church, 1726 Pollasky Ave., Clovis. A reception follows the concert. 559-299-4615. Free.