World renowned guest artist to perform at Fresno State Violin and Viola Festival

The Fresno State Music Department invites the community experience two nights of exquisite strings during the 2019 Fresno State Violin and Viola Festival concerts at 8 p.m., Oct. 4 and 5 at the Concert Hall, featuring renowned guest artists, violinist Martin Beaver, and violist, Che-Yen Chen.

On Friday, October 4, the guest artists will join Fresno State the artistic directors and faculty members, Limor Toren-Immerman, Michael Chang, and Thomas Loewenheim along with student Kelvin Diaz Inoa, for the Faculty Chamber Music concert featuring an evening of some of the most beautiful works for string ensembles including Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 “Storm” and Brahms, String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18.

On Saturday the guest artist will join the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Loewenheim, for the Violin and Viola Festival concert. The concert will feature a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola as well as Grieg’s In Autumn Overture, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Dr. Thomas Loewenheim - Photo by Cary Edmondson
Dr. Thomas Loewenheim – Photo by Cary Edmondson

Tickets for the chamber music concert and the festival concert are $15 general, $10 employee and seniors, and $5 for students. Parking is free in all green and yellow lots for both concerts.The Fresno State Violin and Viola

Festival masterclasses are available to all interested violinists and violist and classes are open to the public. To apply to participate in the festival please visit

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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