The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its third concert of the season on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the Department of Music Concert Hall.
The concert, titled The Spotlight on the Students, will focus on three students from the Music Department. The concert will feature this year’s Concerto Competition winner, cellist Keegan Bamford and a world premiere of a new composition by two graduate composition students Mason Lamb and Matthew Wheeler based on Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
Wheeler writes about the composition: “During the Summer of 2017, Mason Lamb and I were contacted by our Composition Professor Dr. Kenneth Froelich with the opportunity to orchestrate a new piece, based on the sketches from former Fresno State Professor, Karen Bell. Karen was completely open to any ideas that I had and let me run with it.”
Mason Lamb added: “The piece ranges over its five movements from the extreme to the austere; from moments of great tumult and chaos to glimpses of idyllic beauty and transcendent, gossamer textures. But though it all, there are four distinct artistic voices in harmony; Thoreau, Bell, Wheeler, and myself. We’re privileged to see Dr. Loewenheim and the Fresno State Symphony bring this orchestral suite to life.”
Tickets for students are $5, $10 for seniors and employees, and $15 for general admission. To buy tickets, click here!