The Fresno Summer Academy Orchestra (FOOSA) is back after a one-year hiatus at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Conductor Thomas Loewenheim leads a stellar string orchestra in a lush, romantic program full of passionate works from the early 20th century for the first public music performance at Fresno State since March 2020.
The romantic program includes:
- Sergei Lyapunov, Piano Sextet in B-Flat Minor, Op. 63
- Ernest Bloch, Concerto Grosso No. 1 for string orchestra with piano obbligato
- Manuel De Falla , ‘El Amor Brujo’ (for sextet(1926)): Pantomima & Danza ritual del fuego
The Piano Sextet by Sergei Lyapunov is like listening to a symphonic work by Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff, even though the orchestral forces are capacity-limited to 20 string players and a piano. Dr. Loewenheim describes the third movement of this work as “to-die-for beautiful.”
Advanced tickets are free, and the community is invited to attend. Seating capacity is limited, and masks are required for performers and the audience.