FOOSA celebrates 10th anniversary with two Fresno concerts

The FOOSA Philharmonic Orchestra returns for its 10th anniversary with top musicians playing alongside top high school and college musicians in a unique festival that brings the world of music to Fresno.

In previous years, the FOOSA Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. After a year off in 2020 due to COVID-19 and a smaller set of strings in 2021, the full FOOSA orchestra returns with two special performances in Central Valley.

“In an effort to reciprocate our community, which has strongly supported our efforts over the years, all our attention and performances during the festival will be in Fresno,” said Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, FOOSA Music Director . “The goal of my life to bring world peace through music is exemplified during FOOSA, when more than 100 dedicated musicians gather here from Fresno and around the world to bring lively and substantial music to life in perfect harmony.” .

The festive concert, “From Sorrow to Celebration: Mahler 5 at the Saroyan”, is at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the William Saroyan Theater in downtown Fresno. Tickets are free with sign up.

The orchestra will perform Ravel’s “La Valse” and Mahler’s “Agreement No. 5”. In Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the composer delivers a heartfelt letter of love to his future wife. In this epic journey from darkness to light, sorrow and loss are transformed through the power of love into joy and rejoicing.

“Considered one of the greatest arrangements of all time, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is like a musical journey that includes everything from death marches, Viennese waltzes, the most beautiful love song ever written and one of the most triumphant finale.” , said Loewenheim.

The final concert will take place on 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. The winners of the Concert Competition with the full orchestra will be presented in this performance. The show is free and open to the public.

Every summer, top student musicians, from high school to graduate level, audition for the opportunity to learn from school musicians from around the world for two weeks of intensive training that includes the Concert Competition and culminates in world-class performances.

“I am very grateful to the State of Fresno, the Fresno Youth Orchestras and our many supporters in the community who helped us bring the world to Fresno and introduce Fresno to the world,” Loewenheim said.

The FOOSA Philharmonic is a pre-professional orchestra that allows advanced college and high school age musicians to enjoy a side-by-side performance experience with faculty members. Students enjoy daily private lessons, daily orchestra rehearsals and opportunities in classes and recitals with the full-time immersion program.

This year’s experience also includes a professional orchestral recording in addition to the two performances in Fresno. FOOSA is a collaboration between State of Fresno and Fresno Youth Orchestra.

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