Past Schedule

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, several of Ms. Hotoda's performances from March 2020 through April 2020 were postponed or canceled. 

 

 

Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:30pm

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Manitoba, Canada)

Centennial Concert Hall

Naomi Woo, pianist

Rei Hotoda, conductor & pianist

Jessie Montgomery: Records from a Vanishing City

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38 (Spring)

 

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 5:30pm PT

Rise Up! Important Voices You Should Hear 

Rei Hotoda, Music Director  

Adolphus Hailstork, composer

Music fit for a president is just one of the many accolades outlining American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s illustrious bio—his Fanfare on "Amazing Grace" was featured as part of the 2020 Presidential Inauguration. Rei and Adolphus virtually discuss his creative process and several of his landmark pieces, including An American Fanfare which was performed by the Fresno Philharmonic under Rei’s direction in January 2021.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 5:30pm PT

Rise Up! Important Voices You Should Hear 

Rei Hotoda, Music Director  

Kevin Day, composer

Twenty-something composing powerhouse Kevin Day’s new work (loco)motion received its world premiere by the Fresno Philharmonic under the direction of Rei Hotoda in April of 2021. For this Rise Up segment, Rei and Kevin take a deep virtual dive into this incredible work that inspires and evokes energy, a perpetual motion, if you will, just like their lively conversation.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 5:30pm PT

Rise Up! Important Voices You Should Hear 

Rei Hotoda, Music Director  

Jasmine Barnes, composer

Recently commissioned by the Washington National Opera to write a piece for the Kennedy Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations, one could say that Jasmine Barnes’ star is on a much-deserved meteoric rise.  Hear Rei and Jasmine talk virtually about her music, her background in band and church music, her role as an educator, and her work Resistance which was performed by the Fresno Philharmonic directed by Rei Hotoda in March of 2021.

Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 5:30pm PT

Rise Up! Important Voices You Should Hear 

Rei Hotoda, Music Director  

John Wineglass, composer

There is no doubt that being a part of a world premiere performance is an exciting and historic event, especially when it is a poignant and emotionally-charged new work composed by John Wineglass. Hear John and Rei virtually discuss the importance of creativity during times of crisis and explore the live world premiere performance in October of 2021 by the Fresno Philharmonic of his Alone/Together, which was recently curated to be included in the permanent collection of Covid-19 response art at the Library of Congress.

Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 8:00pm

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 11:00am

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

 

Lili Boulanger: Of a Spring Morning

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 8

Respighi:  Pines of Rome

 

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:00pm (Canceled) 

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

William Saroyan Theatre

Robert McDuffie, violin

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate:  Clans (Squirrel, Panther, Raccoon)

Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor Op. 95

 

December 4, 2021 at 7:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

William Saroyan Theatre

Guest Artists, TBA

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

Sunday November 21, 2021

Reno Chamber Orchestra (Reno, NV)

James Brown, Stage Director

Alexander Ung, Artistic Director, Guild Dance Company

Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano

Damien Geter, bass-baritone

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Reno Chamber Orchestra (Reno, NV)

James Brown, Stage Director

Alexander Ung, Artistic Director, Guild Dance Company

Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano

Damien Geter, bass-baritone

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Fabio Bidini, piano

Rei Hotoda, Music Director & piano

 

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegia Andina

Mozart: Concerto for 2 pianos in E-flat Major K. 365

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Fabio Bidini, piano

Rei Hotoda, Music Director & piano

 

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegia Andina

Mozart: Concerto for 2 pianos in E-flat Major K. 365

 

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Rong-Huey Liu, oboe

Stephanie Sant'ambrogio, violin

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

 J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin

John Wineglass: Alone/Together (World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

 

 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Rong-Huey Liu, oboe

Stephanie Sant'ambrogio, violin

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

 J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin

John Wineglass: Alone/Together (World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Joyce Yang, Piano

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

George Walker: Lyric for Strings

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall

Joyce Yang, Piano

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

George Walker: Lyric for Strings

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 7:00pm

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Waikiki Shell 

Mira Hu, cello (Young Stars winner*)

Rei Hotoda, conductor

HUANZHI LI: Spring Festival Overture

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Kealaikahiki The Hokule’a Symphony Concert Suite

SCHUMANN: Concerto in A Minor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

* Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Young Stars Program is a competition for local musicians. The contest winners will be featured as soloists in a live performance with the HSO and appear as a guest on the internationally acclaimed streaming show Tuning Up with Iggy & Dave. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7:00pm

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Waikiki Shell

Mira Hu, cello (Young Stars winner*)

Rei Hotoda, conductor

HUANZHI LI: Spring Festival Overture

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Kealaikahiki The Hokule’a Symphony Concert Suite

SCHUMANN: Concerto in A Minor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

 

* Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Young Stars Program is a competition for local musicians. The contest winners will be featured as soloists in a live performance with the HSO and appear as a guest on the internationally acclaimed streaming show Tuning Up with Iggy & Dave. 

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:00pm

Waikiki Shell

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Young Stars*

Rei Hotoda, conductor

HUANZHI LI: Spring Festival Overture

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Kealaikahiki The Hokule’a Symphony Concert Suite

SCHUMANN: Concerto in A Minor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

 

* Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Young Stars Program is a competition for local musicians. The contest winners will be featured as soloists in a live performance with the HSO and appear as a guest on the internationally acclaimed streaming show Tuning Up with Iggy & Dave. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:00pm 

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Waikiki Shell

Louis DeMartino, clarinet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

MOZART: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI Becoming Beethoven

MOZART Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:00pm

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Waikiki Shell

Louis DeMartino, clarinet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

MOZART: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Becoming Beethoven

MOZART: Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:00pm

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Wakikiki Shell

Louis DeMartino, clarinet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

MOZART: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Becoming Beethoven

MOZART: Clarinet Concerto

Apri17, 2021 at 5:30pm PT

Fresno Philharmonic

Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music Director and harpsichord

 

Bach to the Future

GABRIELI: Canzona per Sonare No. 2

KEVIN DAY: (loco)motion (World Premiere)

VILLA LOBOS: Bachianas Brasilerias No. 9

JEROD IMPICHACHAACHAAHA TATE: Chokfi

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 8pm (Available to Livestream)

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

KURT ATTERBERG: Antony and Cleopatra

PETER WARLOCK: Dance Suite after John Dowland

BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture

MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night's Dream Nocturne

DAVID DIAMOND: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8pm

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

KURT ATTERBERG: Antony and Cleopatra

PETER WARLOCK: Dance Suite after John Dowland

BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture

MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night's Dream Nocturne

DAVID DIAMOND: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

 

March 20, 2021 at 5:30pm PT

Fresno Philharmonic

Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music Director and piano

 

Vive la France

DUKAS:  Fanfare to La peri

L. BOULANGER: D’un vieux jardin (Rei Hotoda, solo piano)

MONTGOMERY: Starburst

IBERT: Divertissement

 

February 20, 2021 at 5:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic

Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music Director and piano

Stephanie Sant 'Ambrogio, violin

 

American Visions

TOWER: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

BARNES: Resistance

PRICE: The Deserted Garden

COPLAND: Appalachian Spring

January 30 and 31, 2021 (CANCELED)

Reno Chamber Orchestra

Molly Carr, viola

Anna Petrova, piano

Jeannie Psomas, clarinet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Program includes:

Turina: Scene Andalouse

Lascurain: Novel Voices Double Concerto (2018)

Bruch: Double Concerto in E minor, Op. 88 (1912)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian

 

January 16, 2021 at 5:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic

Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music Director

 

Intersections of Past and Present

HAILSTORK:  An American Fanfare

BOLCOM:  Commedia for (Almost) 18th Century Orchestra

HAYDN: Symphony No. 44

Beethoven: Crisis and Creativity

September – November 2020 

Six-Part Series on KVPR

 

September 30, 2020 at 8:00pm PST

Special Guest: Barry Douglas

 

October 7, 2020 at 8pm PST

Special Guests: Chris Albright & Awadagin Pratt

 

October 14, 2020 at 8pm PST

Special Guest: Jon Nakamatsu

 

October 21, 2020 at 8pm PST

Special Guest: Joyce Yang

 

October 28, 2020 at 8pm PST

Special Guest: Shai Wosner

 

November 4, 2020 at 8pm PST

Special Guest: Orion Weiss

 

Valley Public Radio, in partnership with the Fresno Philharmonic and the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series will air a new special series celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of all time. The program will feature archival performances drawn from both institution’s recorded concerts, and will be hosted by Valley Public Radio’s David Aus, with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and special guests providing discussion and commentary

Fresno Philharmonic: Virtual Green Room

July – August 2020

Six-Part Virtual Series

Fresno Philharmonic YouTube Chanel

 

Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director, Rei Hotoda, interviews musicians during this time of the pandemic. Watch and get to know our musicians through the "Green Room" Series.

 

July 15, 2020

Episode 1

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio (Concertmaster)

 

July 22, 2020

Episode 2

Wayne Solomon (Bass Trombone/Personnel Manager)

Bruce Chrisp (Principal Trombone)

Gabrielle Wunsch (Violin)

July 29, 2020

Episode 3

Tim Dent (Timpani)

Tammy van der Paardt (Percussionist)

 

August 5, 2020

Episode 4

Andy Butler (Principal Bass)

Heidi Franklin (Bass)

Sukyung Chun (FPO's new Associate Principal Bass)

August 12, 2020

Episode 5

Janette Erickson (Principal Flute)

Rong-Huey Liu (Principal Oboe)

 

August 19, 2020

Episode 6

Caitlin McSherry (Principal Second Violinist)

Drew Ford (Cellist)

Isaac Pastor-Cherna (Associate Principal Cello)

June 3, 2020

Live Virtual World Premiere

Robert Morris -- Landscape Greeting

Members of the Fresno Philharmonic

Rei Hotoda, Music Direction and Commentary

 

Fresno Philharmonic musicians performed the world premiere of Robert Morris’ Landscape Greeting with special images from the Fresno Art Museum, live on YouTube.

Play On Series

June 2020

Five-Part Series on KVPR

Re-Broadcast of Fresno Philharmonic Concerts

Narration by Rei Hotoda, Music Director, Fresno Philharmonic

In June 2020, KVPR and Rei Hotoda launched a new series called Play On, which featured past performances by the Fresno Philharmonic. The accompanying narrative was in response to the current unprecedented time with an eye toward the healing and comfort through music.

 

June 10, 2020

Heroes Among Us

Paying tribute to first responders and essential workers on the front lines of COVID 19.

 

June 17, 2020

In Our Own Backyard

Celebrating the music of local composers.

 

June 24, 2020

Beyond Borders

Rediscovering our shared humanity as we confront a global pandemic.

 

July 1, 2020

Songs of Hope

Inspiring choral works.

 

June 8, 2020

Salute to Youth

A guided tour of Pictures at an Exhibition for the whole family.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

Soloists TBA
Fresno Master Chorale

Rei Hotoda, conductor


Opera Highlights including selections from:

WAGNER Die Walkure
VERDI Il Trovatore
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
BIZET Carmen
PUCCINI Manon Lescaut
VERDI Nabucco
VERDI Aïda

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

Omaha Symphony (Omaha, NE)

Joslyn Art Museum

James Compton, bassoon

Nicholas Nelson, bassoon

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 22

SCHREKER Chamber Symphony

JOHNSEN Concerto for Two Bassoons in F Major

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

MAZZOLI Rouge River Transfiguration

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (CANCELED)

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

RACHMANINOFF  Symphony No. 2 (Movements Nos. 2 & 4)

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (POSTPONED)

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (Honolulu, HI)

Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Chee-Yun, violin

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

BEETHOVEN Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115

TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35

ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (Honolulu, HI)

Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Chee-Yun, violin

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

BEETHOVEN Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115

TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35

ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

February 19-23, 2020 

California All-State Orchestra (Fresno, CA) 

Saroyan theater

Rei Hotoda, conductor 

Sunday, February 16, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

Barry Douglas, piano
Rei Hotoda, conductor


GABRIELA LENA FRANK Escaramuza
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

Sunday, January 19, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
Julie Albers, cello
Rei Hotoda, conductor and piano

BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony #3, Eroica

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa, ON)

Southam Hall

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Home for the Holidays:

Holiday concert to include best-loved Christmas carols with music from Canada and around the world featuring an exciting lineup of stellar vocalists.

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa, ON)

Southam Hall

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Home for the Holidays:

Holiday concert to include best-loved Christmas carols with music from Canada and around the world featuring an exciting lineup of stellar vocalists.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

Steve Bell Band, guest artists
Fresno Master Chorale
Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

Home for the Holidays: 


Fresno’s symphonic holiday tradition returns!  This year we welcome Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Bell and his band for an evening of spiritual and secular songs of the season with the Fresno Master Chorale.  “Make no mistake, Bell and a guitar alone are enough to wow an audience.” (Calgary City Light News)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa, ON)

Southam Hall

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Home for the Holidays:

 

Holiday concert to include best-loved Christmas carols with music from Canada and around the world featuring an exciting lineup of stellar vocalists.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

John Hagstrom, trumpet
Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK An American Port of Call
ARUTUNIAN Trumpet Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Orlando Philharmonic (Orlando, FL)

Bob Carr Theater

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

WALKER Lyric for Strings

BARBER Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre

Cecile Licad, piano
Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2
VIVIAN FUNG  Earworms
R. STRAUSS  Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Orlando Philharmonic (Orlando, FL)

Bob Carr Theater

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Rei Hotoda, conductor

 

WALKER Lyric for Strings

BARBER Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor