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April Monthly Luncheon

  • 23 Apr 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Clovis Community College Herndon Campus, 390 W Fir Ave Building 390B, Clovis CA 93611


Please join us at Clovis Community College Herndon Campus - Clovis, California for our April Monthly Luncheon with guest speaker Rei Hotoda, the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic.

*Guests and Non-Members Welcome*


Provided by our FCWCC Members

Pat Birkle with Melaleuca Consultant

Kathryn Wage with Aspire Speech and Learning Center


11:30am – 12:00pm: Check-in, Relationship Building, Lunch Served

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Program with Guest Speaker

MENU (Lunch optional):

Members: Lunch – $18.00

Members: No Lunch – $0.00

Non-Members: Lunch – $23.00

Non-Members: No Lunch – $5.00

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Mediterranean Salad

Carrot Cake

Tea and water

Please register online by Sunday, April 21st. 

No-shows or cancellations made after that date will still be responsible for the lunch payment. 

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Now entering her seventh season as Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, conductor Rei Hotoda has been hailed as an inexhaustible dynamo with a deep commitment to reimagining the 21st century concert experience. Her vision can be seen through her thought-provoking programming, passionate allyship to marginalized artists, advocacy for arts education, and an unwavering commitment to presenting the music of our times.  

In the 2023/24 season the Fresno Philharmonic and Rei will explore the remarkable two-way street between Jazz and western classical music. One of the remarkable centerpieces will be the premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago, a Fresno Philharmonic commission. Another season highlight includes her Carnegie Hall debut in Zankel Hall with the American Composers Orchestra with a program that will feature two world premieres by John Glover and Tonia Ko which is also a co-commission by Carnegie Hall.

 Her success as the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic since 2017 has resulted in the extension of her tenure through the 2025 season. She has worked tirelessly to build first-time and unique connections with the Fresno community with an eye toward reaching different audiences, including the highly-successful Farm to Fiddle marrying music with agriculture and the culinary arts.

Rei is also an active and critically acclaimed keyboardist and embraces her time conducting from the piano and harpsichord. One of her many highlights was leading the Fresno Philharmonic from the piano in Beethoven’s monumental Triple Concerto as part of the orchestra’s Beethoven@250 and from the harpsichord in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 as part of their Digital Masterworks series. Additionally, she conducted both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Philharmonic from the keyboard in Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major. 

Rei is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki-Alsop Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors. Additionally, she has received a Peabody Career Development Grant, the Women’s Philharmonic Scholarship, the Equality Day Award from the League of Women Voters, and an Illinois Arts Council International Arts Exchange Grant. 

She has reimagined the pre- and post-concert experience by creating the ever popular Inside the Music and Stay Tuned series, and her programming continues to push through the preconceived notions of the classical concert-going experience, offering audiences works by often marginalized composers and today’s leading voices in the field. Through her efforts, she has successfully broken down the barriers that often exist between artist and listener and re-established the Fresno Philharmonic as a leader in the community it serves. 

Rei has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Winnipeg, Louisville, Hawaii and Utah as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Her interpretations of such epic centerpieces of the classical canon such as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8, Britten’s War Requiem and [Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, make her one of the most sought-after conductors of today. 

She is a dedicated advocate for the music of our time, and most recently conducted the world premieres of Derek Bermel, John Wineglass, Kenneth Froelich, Cynthia Lee Wong, Kevin Day, Dinuk Wijeratne and Juan Pablo Contreras as well as works by seminal composers such as Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Jessie Montgomery and Grażyna Bacewicz and Hannah Kendall to much acclaim. As a champion of today’s living composers and an artist that is dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices, Rei’s innovative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations continue to position her as a leader in the industry. During Rei’s tenure as Music Director, the Fresno Philharmonic has successfully commissioned five new and important composition.

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