This year’s International Cello Festival, “Cello Fresno Festival,” is taking place today through Saturday on the Fresno State campus. The final Gala Concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Concert Hall. 

The festival focuses on talent from the Central Valley to participate in three days of intense master classes, cello ensemble rehearsals, two concerts, a young artists’ competition and more.

Thomas Loewenheim Conducting 1 copyArtistic directors Thomas Loewenheim from the Fresno State Department of Music and Emilio Colón from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music are among the faculty featured at the event.

This year’s festival will feature the Cellistanbul Cello Quartet from Turkey – Murat Berk, Melih Kara, Cag Ercag and Ediz Sekercioglu,” Loewenheim said. “We will also feature our guest faculty: Emilio Colón, Brian Schuldt, and Cara Elise Colón.  The final concert will also include two student cello ensembles comprised of cellists from the local school programs and students from the cello studio at Fresno State.”

All the events are free and open to the public, with the exception of Saturday’s Gala Concert. Ticket prices for that event are $15 general; $10 for employee and seniors; and $5 for students. Additional information is available at the music department’s concert website.