Pacific artist eighteenth season 2019-2020

Eighteenth Season 2019-2020

The Pacific Artists Series is the flagship cycle of concerts presented by the Music Department of Fresno Pacific University. The series derives it title from the university name and one of the aspects of its mission—facilitating peace around the community and the world.

A variety of musical styles and genres are brought to the FPU campus by the Pacific Artist Series. Notable past performers have included Janai Brugger (soprano), Rong-Huey Liu (oboe), Francesca Dego (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Ruta Bloomfield (harpsichord), Andrew Funk (bass), Del Sol Quartet and many more. Additionally, FPU's talented music faculty, as well as many former students, have also presented concerts in the series' history.

Walter Saul at keyboard

Pacific Artist Series I

Sunday, September 8, 2019

From Alpha to Omega

4:00 p.m. | McDonald Hall Atrium

Walter Saul is the resident composer and pianist of the FPU music faculty. He has performed both books of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier from memory, and then composed his own set of 24 preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys, entitled From Alpha to Omega. He will perform this work in its entirety in our inaugural event for the 2019/2020 season.

Andrus Madsen

Christa Evans

Pacific Artist Series II

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Andrus Madsen, harpsichord | Christa Evans, flute

Lecture: 6:00 p.m., Concert: 7:30 p.m.  | Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno

Andrus Madsen hails originally from Provo Utah. He studied Organ at Brigham Young University with Douglas Bush, and later did degrees in Harpsichord and Musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, studying at the harpsichord with Arthur Haas. After finishing graduate school, he took lessons on the clavichord and fortepiano with Peter Sykes. He currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts, where he is the Music Director at Second Church in Newton. He performs frequently on the harpsichord, clavichord and the organ both as a chamber musician and as a solo performer. He is the director and founder of Newton Baroque, and plays in the ensembles La Sylva, and Saltarello. He is an avid improviser and regularly improvises at concerts.

As a Baroque flutist, Christa Pehl Evans has performed across the United States with early music groups, including Tempesta di Mare, Fuma Sacra, the Kingsbury Ensemble and Newton Baroque. Now teaching music history at FPU, Christa earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Historical Musicology with a certificate in women’s studies and completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in flute performance and early music at Northwestern University. She researches music from late 18th-century Pennsylvania.

Cactus Harris, Aaron Burdick, Sherah Moore-Burdick, and Krista Harris of Cask

Pacific Artist Series III

Sunday, January 26, 2020

CASK in Concert: tickets

Cactus Harris, organ | Aaron Burdick, tenor | Sherah Moore-Burdick, soprano | Krista Harris, flute

4:00 p.m. | University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts, Fresno

Cactus Sam Harris, organ

Cactus Harris holds a B.A in Music Education and M.A in Conducting from California State University Fresno, where he studied organ with Laurel Huber and Scott Horton, and conducting with Dr. Gary Gilroy. He has been a winner in the San Joaquin Valley Keyboard competition and a Biggs Fellowship recipient from the Organ Historical Society. Cactus has been featured with the Fresno State Wind Orchestra on the Disney Hall concert organ, and with the Yosemite Wind Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall organs. He is currently the Director of Music and Organist at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA, as well as an adjunct music professor at Clovis Community College in Clovis, CA.

Aaron Burdick, tenor

Aaron Burdick is a Fresno State Graduate and valley native with a B.A. and M.A. in Vocal Performance.  Burdick has performed in many opera roles including a reprise of Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, Parpignol in Pucinni’s La boheme, Scorpio in Barab’s La pizza con funghi, Egeo in Cavalli’s baroque opera Il giasone, and he created the role of Andrea Cipriani in Evan Mack’s Opera The Secret of Luca.  He has been a Tenor soloist in major works including Beethoven’s 9th symphony, Britten’s Saint Nicholas Mass, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity.  Burdick has been a part of Fresno Community Chorus for 5 years, is a member of their Quintus group and is a Choral Director for Clovis Unified School District.  He and his wife Sherah maintain and share a private voice studio in their home.

Sherah Moore-Burdick, soprano

Born in Fresno, Sherah Moore-Burdick started her musical training in piano at the age of 7. Mrs. Burdick started her formal voice training at the age of 16 when she decided to expand on her musical education. Mrs. Burdick attended California State University Fresno and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice, having studied with Helene Joseph Weil. Mrs. Burdick finished her Master’s in Music degree in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Jane Randolph. Mrs. Burdick is currently the Voice Instructor at Fresno Pacific University where she teaches voice, Master Classes, Lyric Diction and Opera Scenes. She also keeps a full private home studio of voice and piano students and is thrilled to share her home studio with her husband, Aaron Burdick.

Krista Harris, flute

Krista Harris is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, and is currently teaching instrumental music in the Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA. Mrs. Harris has been actively involved in numerous choral and instrumental performing groups at Fresno Pacific University, California State University, Fresno, and the local community, including Fresno’s Les Flûtes Enchantées, Fresno Pacific Wind Ensemble, Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, and the San Joaquin Chorale. Krista earned her Master’s in Music degree in Flute Performance at California State University, Fresno studying under Dr.Teresa Beaman. She has a private flute studio where she teaches several flute students.

Nicola Mazzanti

Pacific Artist Series IV

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Nicola Mazzanti, piccolo | Natasha Kislenko, piano

2:00 p.m. | McDonald Hall Atrium

Special Admission Fees: $25 General admission

Nicola Mazzanti currently serves as Solo Piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, a position he has held since 1988. Mr. Mazzanti performs frequently as both a flute and piccolo soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad. In his role of advocate for the piccolo as a solo voice, he has performed at many flute conventions in USA, Europe and Japan and he had many tours for performing and teaching. Since 2001, he has held annual piccolo courses at the “MusicArea” association in Florence. He teaches piccolo at the Hochschule in Luzern, at the Conservatorio in Lugano (Switzerland) and since 2013 at the Conservatorio “Verdi” in Milano. His book "The Mazzanti Method" for piccolo, published in 2014 by Theodore Presser, has been welcomed as a milestone in the teaching of this instrument. Mr. Mazzanti is a 1982 graduate of the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence, where he studied with Sergio Giambi. In 1996, he earned an additional degree in Music History with Honors from D.A.M.S. (University of Arts and Music).

Natasha Kislenko

Pianist Natasha Kislenko is a prizewinner of several international piano competitions. She has performed extensively in Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and across the Americas. A principal pianist of the Santa Barbara Symphony since 2010, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich, Grieg, Clara Schumann, de Falla, and Mozart piano concerti, to great critical acclaim. In 2013, Ms. Kislenko was invited as a special guest to present the new Steinway D piano at the Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane in Asunción, Paraguay, performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional. Born in Moscow, Natasha holds degrees in piano from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, NY. In addition to a successful performing career, Dr. Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to the younger generations of aspiring musicians. Natasha joined the faculty at California State University, Fresno in 2002, and is also a collaborative faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, CA since 2004.  She left CSU Fresno in 2007 to join the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Larry Warkentin

Pacific Artist Series V

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Menno Simons Cantata

Larry Warkentin

4:00 p.m. | Willow Avenue Mennonite Church
2529 Willow Ave., Clovis, CA 93612

Larry Warkentin earned a B.A. degree at Tabor College, M. A. at California State University Fresno, and D.M.A. at the University of Southern California. His multifaceted career includes work as a composer, pianist, choral conductor, church musician and educator.  From 1962 until retirement in 2002 he was on the faculty of Fresno Pacific University where, at various times he held positions as music professor, chair of the music department, chair of the humanities division, and chair of the faculty. Warkentin’s choral works have been published by Mark Foster, Pro-Art, Fred Bock, Lorenz, Moon of Hope, and Lumina music companies.  His hymn tunes are included in Worship Hymnal (MB Publishing) Sing Alleluia (Kindred Press), Hymnal a Worship Book (Brethren Press), and Covenant Hymnal (Covenant Press). Recent compositions include Five Solas commissioned by Solo Dei Gloria (women’s chorale of Fresno) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and Prayer for Peace for choir and piano duet performed at the Fresno Composer’s Concert in July 2018.


All PAS concert admission fees, unless otherwise noted: $15 General, $10 seniors, $5 FPU community, payable at the door

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The 2019-2020 season is made possible with a generous grant from McDonald’s, Inc.