At FOOSA’s faculty recital, the musical talent will be off the charts

Classical music fans, here’s a weekend event you don’t want to miss:

The concert: FOOSA (Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy) faculty recital.

The details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Admission is free with donations accepted.

The backstory: A faculty of acclaimed musicians gathers each June at Fresno State to teach in a vigorous and elevated musical environment. This year’s academy started Sunday, and students from around the world have been attending intense lessons and rehearsals. (And probably practicing up a storm, too.) They’re working toward a big wrap-up concert featuring students and teachers at none other than Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (8 p.m. Friday, June 22). But before that happens, a highlight of the academy’s first full weekend will be the annual faculty recital.

The faculty: These artists represent the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and a host of other orchestras. They hail from such institutions as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Boston Conservatory, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, as well as a number of universities, including Fresno State. In other words, you’re going to get a tremendous amount of musical talent (and goodwill) under one roof.


The program: One highlight is Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale).” The piece will feature Limor Toren-Immerman, violin; Bruce Bransby, double bass; Guy Yehuda, clarinet;Catherine Marchese, bassoon; Edmund Cord, trumpet; Luis Fred, trombone; and Matt Darling, percussion.

Another highlight is Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, which will feature Federico Agostini, Ambroise Aubrun, Katrin Stamatis, and Erin Adams, violin; Michael Chang and Adriana Linares, viola; and Thomas Loewenheim (the academy’s artistic director) and Jonathan Ruck, cello.

Fun fact: These two pieces are “two of my absolutely favorite pieces,” says executive director Julia Copeland. Add to that the stellar musicians playing them, and this is a concert not to miss.

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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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