Rei Hotoda

Play On: Salute to Youth

Jul 7, 2020
Anjeli Macaranas

In this episode of Play On, we focus on young people and how they’re dealing with the uncertainty as they consider their future. We’ll be joined by two outstanding young Valley musicians, Anjeli Macaranas and Justus Vang, and we’ll hear the Fresno Philharmonic perform Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade

Play On: Songs of Hope

Jun 30, 2020

In this episode of Play On, we turn our focus to the inspiration, joy and hope we can find in vocal music. Dr. Anna Hamre and Rei Hotoda will discuss their collaboration in vocal and symphonic performance, and we’ll hear the Fresno Master Chorale and the Fresno Philharmonic perform Francis Poulenc’s Gloria.

Play On: Beyond Borders

Jun 24, 2020
Dinuk Wijeratne

In this episode of Play On, as we confront a global pandemic, we rediscover our shared humanity by exploring music with a global reach. Our guests include composer Dinuk Wijeratne and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. We’ll listen to work by Wijeratne, Zhao Jiping, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Hear host David Aus talk with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and hear recent archival performances from the orchestra.

On this week's show:

Dinuk Wijeratne, Between Figure and Ground

Gabriela Lena Frank, Escaramuza

Kenneth Froelich

This week on Play On with Rei Hotoda of the Fresno Philharmonic,  we celebrate the work of local composers as we engage in lively discussion with Benjamin Boone and Kenneth Froelich, both professors at Fresno State. We’ll hear their music, as well as work by composer Vivian Fung.

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Join Valley Public Radio for "Play On" a special program featuring words and music with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and Valley Public Radio's David Aus. 

Rei Hotoda, music director of the Fresno Philharmonic joined Valley Public Radio's David Aus this week to discuss the orchestra's upcoming concert Beethoven@250: The Revolutionary. The Sunday January 19th concert will find the orchestra performing the Fidelio Overture, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" and his Triple Concerto, featuring Rei Hotoda, piano; Concertmaster Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; and cellist Julie Albers.

Fresno Philharmonic

The Fresno Philharmonic has launched its new season of concerts, the second under music director Rei Hotoda. Now Hotoda is also receiving another honor - an award from the Fresno League of Women Voters for her work leading the orchestra into a new era. She joined us to talk about the new season and the award on Valley Edition. 

Rei Hotoda - Fresno Philharmonic

This week we talk with Fresno Philharmonic conductor Rei Hotoda for insights into Sunday April 15th's concert Heaven & Earth. The performance features music celebrating spirit and nature by Debussy, Poulenc, Jennifer Higdon and Tan Dun. It's the final Masterworks Concert of the season, and Hotoda says listeners should come with their cellphones, ready to participate in this week's performance. 

Fresno Philharmonic

This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic brings the sound of the virtuoso orchestra to the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre for a wide ranging concert with a twist. The orchestra's longtime concertmaster, violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio will take a turn in the spotlight as a featured soloist on two pieces. We spoke with both Hotoda and Sant'Ambrogio about the concert on FM89 which features works by Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Foss and Ginastera. 

Juergen Frank / Courtesy Jennifer Koh

This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic pays tribute to the centennial birthday of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, with a concert at the Saroyan Theater. Maestro Rei Hotoda will lead the orchestra in a performance of Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra with special guest Jennifer Koh. The concert also includes John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3.

Fresno Philharmonic

This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic will present a concert with two well known works from the classical repertoire and a new piece by a Fresno composer. Conductor Rei Hotoda recently joined us to talk about the performance which will include soloist Awadagin Pratt performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3. The January 27th performance will also feature Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Kenneth Froelich's Spinning Yarns. 

Courtesy Rei Hotoda

It's a new era for the Fresno Philharmonic as Rei Hotoda, the new music director and conductor of the orchestra, is set to lead the orchestra in her first concert with that title Sunday October 15 at the Saroyan Theatre. Valley Edition host Joe Moore caught up with about what to expect. To listen to the interview click play above. 

Hotoda was the Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and has held assistant conductor roles at orchestras in Dallas and Winnipeg. She says she is excited to lead the Philharmonic as its next conductor. 

Todd Rosenberg / Courtesy The Fresno Philharmonic

The Fresno Philharmonic has announced that conductor Rei Hotoda will be the orchestra's next music director. Hotoda is the first woman and the first Asian-American to hold the position, and is just the eighth music director in the orchestra's history.

Hotoda is currently the Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and has held assistant conductor roles at orchestras in Dallas and Winnipeg. She says she is excited about the opportunity to lead the Philharmonic as its next conductor.