Weekend picks: Keyboard Concerts closes season with Andrea Lucchesini, Fresno State Piano Trio makes inaugural performance


The performer: Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Fresno State Concert Hall.

The series: Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series.

The reputation: Lucchesini is famed in Italy and well recognized around the world, says Andreas Werz, artistic director of the Keyboard series. “He may not be a household name in the United States but is certainly well known in Europe,” he says. This will be the first Keyboard visit for Lucchesini. “We’re very glad to present an artist from Italy to close our season here,” Werz says.

The program: There is nothing crazy or risky here in terms of modern or experimental works, Werz says. However, the pieces are tremendously risky because of their difficulty. Lucchesini will perform three great works of the literature: Beethoven’s Sonata in C-sharp minor (“Moonlight”); Schumann’s Fantasy in C major; and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor.

Fun fact: Schumann and Liszt dedicated their respective pieces to each other.

Looking ahead: Werz is nearly ready to announce the 2023-24 season for Keyboard Concerts. He’s hoping that after several years of diminished attendance after the pandemic shutdown, more people will make it a point to support classical music in person in the years ahead.


Tickets: $25 adults, $18 seniors, $5 students.


The ensemble: The Fresno State Piano Trio consists of Limor Toren-Immerman on violin, Thomas Loewenheim on cello, Peter Klimo on piano.

The concert: The trio offers its inaugural concert at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave.

The program: There are three pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major (“Ghost”); Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major; and Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Spring.”

The musicians: All three performers are faculty members at Fresno State and are accomplished both in performance and in the classroom.

The sponsors: The concert is presented by the Jewish Federation of Central California, Steinway Piano Gallery Fresno, Temple Beth Israel and Fresno State.

Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors, free for students.

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