Theater & Arts

Musica Viva to play spooky classical music concerts in Valley

Ruta Bloomfield
Ruta Bloomfield Special to The Bee

Members of the chamber group Musica Viva certainly put a lot of miles on the car. The group opens its 13th season with “Mystical Realms,” a performance of piano trios by Beethoven, Bloch and Fauré, at various locations in the central San Joaquin Valley. Performers are Susan Doering, violin; Dieter Wulfhorst, violoncello; and Faith DeBow, piano.

The title refers to the upcoming celebrations of Halloween, the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and Día de los Muertos.

Included in the program is Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio. Thanks to the unorthodox writing and styling, the piece’s famous second movement evokes the feeling of a ghostly figure in the room, according to Wulfhorst. The composer’s possible inspiration for the piece came from his unfinished sketches for an opera about Macbeth.

The performance schedule:

▪ 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25: First Mennonite Church, 1208 L St., Reedley.

▪ 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26: Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St.

▪ 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 120 N. Hall St., Visalia.

▪ 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29: Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville.

Admission is free. Details: 559-392-1425.


In its second concert of the season, Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series welcomes harpsichordist Ruta Bloomfield, who is on the faculty of the Master’s College in Santa Clarita. She counts as one of her achievements using her own edited score as the first known performer of the four suites for harpsichord of Bernard de Bury outside France since the 18th century.

▪ Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, McDonald Hall Atrium, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. $12, $8 seniors, $5 students.