‘Power of Piano’ takes the stage at Visalia Fox

Join the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra for a musical evening featuring renowned pianist Dominic Cheli and a mesmerizing new composition by Nicolás H. Repetto

The musicians of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra led by music director Bruce Kiesling. (Sequoia Symphony Orchestra)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published November 8, 2023  • 
9:00 am

VISALIA – Don’t miss this exceptional musical event of the “Power of the Piano” as it takes the center stage at the Fox Theatre.

The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra is set to ignite the stage at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., bringing forth the enchanting “Power of the Piano.” Renowned guest artist Dominic Cheli will take center stage, while the orchestra debuts an exciting new composition by California composer Nicolás H. Repetto.  

“We are ecstatic to bring the resounding echoes of Gershwin’s quintessential compositions to life in this upcoming concert,” music director Bruce Kiesling said via announcement. “November showcases melodies that have fostered profound connections within our growing community of music enthusiasts.”

Before the concert, Maestro Kiesling will host a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m., providing the audience with valuable insights into the evening’s musical journey. Ticket options cater to all, with student tickets available at $10 and regular seats starting at $35. The orchestra’s executive director, Marina Rojas, warmly invites all to attend the performance.

“You do not need to be a music major to enjoy this concert; the professionals grace the stage,” Rojas said via announcement. “Simply come and experience a fantastic evening of music. The symphonic experience is for all, period. This isn’t an exclusive club; it’s an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and be moved by the music.”

Cheli, an artist-citizen of the highest order, is acclaimed as an “inspired keyboardist” (artsfuse) whose playing is described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play” (Symphony Magazine). His meteoric career includes a dazzling debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Colburn Orchestra, where Dominic’s performance left the audience “mesmerized” (LA Times). 

Not only that, his 2019 Carnegie Hall Recital Debut marked another milestone in his illustrious journey. Cheli’s recording career has been equally prolific, featuring a second CD on the Naxos label, showcasing the music of Liszt and Schubert. Additionally, he contributed as a performer, producer and editor to a third CD featuring the music of Erwin Schulhoff for the Delos Label, collaborating on Piano Concerto no.2 with Maestro James Conlon. 

Even further, Cheli has also ventured into composition and audio editing, leaving his mark on the documentary “Defying Gravity” (2021).

Repetto, an Argentinian-American composer known for his work in television, film and concert settings, has graced numerous projects with his diverse musical voice. His recent composition and conducting of original music for the unveiling of two new Omega watches, collectively worth $1 million, at Walt Disney Concert Hall garnered significant attention. The musical palette he created for these new releases drew inspiration from their elegance and unique acoustic characteristics. Repetto’s talents extend to scoring the feature documentary “A Run for More,” which was broadcast on PBS on May 15 of this year.

For additional information and ticket purchases, visit SequoiaSymphonyOrchestra.com or call 559-732-8600.

Mid Valley Times Staff