Filmworks, Youth Orchestras have your ticket to joy
Sent to mailinglist subscribers on May 1, 2014
With the 2014 Fresno Film Festival just one week behind us, and with a little help from our friends at the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and the Fresno Philharmonic, Filmworks now turns your attention to a musical month of May.
Sunday, May 4
Saroyan Theatre, 2 p.m.
In a celebration of youth, the Fresno Philharmonic invites the Youth Orchestras of Fresno to perform Side By Side for the first time. Led by the music directors of both organizations, the collaboration combines on one stage the musical forces of two of Fresno’s most venerable cultural arts institutions. The performances will feature the winner of a youth concerto competition performing a concerto with the Phil.
Friday, May 9
Tower Theatre, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Filmworks opens its summer season with the American independent documentary “Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony,” an inspirational look at one of the most iconic pieces of music of all time. The movie, which was filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, functions as part road trip and part adventure story as it explores the transformative power of the beloved composer’s “Ode to Joy.”
Sunday, May 25
Saroyan Theatre, 4 p.m.
Youth Orchestras of Fresno brings all three of its orchestras, their Accent on Access violinists, and a 200-member youth chorale to the stage for The Joy Project. That’s more than 500 young musicians who will perform joy-inspired music by Handel, Holst, Tchaikovsky, local composer Kenneth Froelich — and of course, Beethoven’s Ninth. The Joy Project invites audience participation and expressions of joy both before and after the concert.