For cello fans, a wonderful weekend

There are two promising classical music events this weekend I’d like to share:

Cello festival

The 2017 Cello Fresno international festival features two gala concerts:

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6: The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and an all-star lineup of professional guest artists perform at the Fresno State Concert Hall under conductor Thomas Loewenheim. The program includes Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Von Suppe’s “Poet and Peasant Overture,” and works for cello and orchestra by Bragato, Bruch, Dvorak, Elgar, Offenbach, Popper, and Saint-Saens. Tickets are $5-$15.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8: The Youth Orchestras of Fresno, conducted by Loewenheim and guest conductor Emilio Colon, performs a program at the Shaghoian Concert Hall that includes the Pfitzner Cello Concerto, Paganini’s “Moses Variations” and winners of the concerto competition. Tickets are free.

The Sunday concert includes two notable highlights, Loewenheim tells me:


He will perform Hans Pfitzner’s lost cello concerto written in 1888. The concerto was found several years ago and has been recorded in recent years. “It is a magnificent and deep felt work that features both the cello and the orchestra in intense Romantic lines,” he says. “It is known as the first cello concerto to feature three trombones.”


Clive Greensmith of the Colburn School of Music will perform the world premiere of the first movement from the recently reconstructed Cello Concerto by the Hungarian cellist and composer Pal Hermann, written in the 1920’s. “Pal Hermann died in the Holocaust and never got the opportunity to complete his work. His family in Italy and Los Angeles got the work reconstructed and will attend the concert for the world premiere,” Loewenheim says.

Fresno Musical Club

This organization, one of Fresno’s most storied traditions, continues to make an impact on the community.

The Fresno Musical Club hosts a 3 p.m. concert on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, 3673 N 1st St, Fresno. The event features three winners of recent FMC competitions: Michael Krikorian, pianist; Tiffanie Trujillo, soprano; and Mark de la Mora, baritone. They will perform works by Handel, Puccini, Schumann, Scriabin, Quilter, and others.

“Expect to hear more from these bright talented young musicians,” says the club’s Barbara Ulman.

Also on the program will be Faye De Long, organist, performing Bach and Mendelssohn; and pianist Alan Rea, performing the twelve “Interval Studies” composed by Ulman.

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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