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Pacific Artist Series

Twenty-First Season 2023-2024

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.


Pacific Artist Series I

Tessellations - Cerro Negro     
Saturday, September 16, 2023     
7:00 p.m. | Warkentine Culture and Arts Center Elizabeth V. Lyles Theater

Spanish guitars blended with world percussion forms the eclectic sound of Cerro Negro. Passionate vocals soar over the bombastic guitar work of Frank Giordano. The nylon string guitar is reinvented in the hands of featured lead player Dusty Brough. Led by Flamenco and world percussionist John Martin III, Cerro Negro brings together music from around the Mediterranean.

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Pacific Artist Series II

A Festival of Lessons & Carols - FPU choral and instrumental ensembles     
Sunday, December 3, 2023     
3:00 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church

Celebrate the season through narrative and song with FPU’s choirs and ensembles, San Joaquin Chorale, and FPU faculty, directed by Jeff Wilson, DMA. Delight in traditional carols and contemporary arrangements - an FPU tradition since 2001 - inspired by the traditional Christmas Eve service held in the King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University.

Pacific Artist Series III

Treasures of the Baroque - Laudami Ensemble
Saturday, January 20, 2024     
7:00 p.m. | Warkentine Culture and Arts Center Lin Family Performance Studio

Known for their lively performances, the Laudami Ensemble brings history to life through historically-informed performance on period instruments. Drawing connections between diverse artistic inspirations, violinist Laura Jeannin and harpsichordist Michael Peterson present a collection of works from the Baroque era centered around the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Pacific Artist Series IV

In Her Hands - Agave Baroque     
Saturday, February 10, 2024     
7:00 p.m. | Warkentine Culture and Arts Center Elizabeth V. Lyles Theater

The exciting follow-up program to their Grammy-nominated album American Originals, Agave Baroque and soprano Michele Kennedy explore images of motherhood and the feminine divine through the ages and across continents as told through the voices of female composers. Delve into the intersections of spirituality and incarnation, grief and hope, and ultimately, transformation. From 17th-century Italian convents to the Underground Railroad, this program presents a powerful and vivid journey into the heights and depths of the human experience.

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$15 general, $5 FPU community including Alumni ID cardholders, unless otherwise indicated in the event description.

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