The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:00 PM in the Department of Music Concert Hall.
Tickets: General: $15; Employee: $10; Senior: $10; Student: $5
The concert, titled The Spotlight on the Students and Anna Hamre will showcase the orchestra musicians, the winner of the annual concerto competition, the world premiere of a student composition, and feature Dr. Anna Hamre in her last concert conducting the orchestra before her retirement from Fresno State.
The concert will open with first movement of Shostakovich’s exuberant Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by the winner of the 2015-2016 Fresno State Concerto Competition, Jordan Williams, a graduate student in piano performance student of Prof. Andreas Werz. The recently completed composition VY Canis Major by student composer Juan Ismael Maldonado will receive its world premiere. The work sets the listener in outer space, flying through the cosmos before coming across the dying star VY Canis Majoris, one of the largest stars ever discovered. Dr. Anna Hamre and the Fresno State Concert Choir will join the orchestra for a performance of Ralph Vaughen Williams’ Serenade to Music, one of the most beautiful choral works of the twentieth century. The concert will conclude with Dmitri Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 10, a depiction of the tragedy, despair, terror, and violence of the Stalin years in Russia and its triumphant ending describing the collective sigh of relief that followed after his death in 1953.
For more information visit Fresno State’s Music Department, here.
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