Q&A with Dr. Maria Briggs on her role as ‘Madama Butterfly’

Dr. Maria Briggs (Butterfly)

Every two years, music faculty at Fresno State take on the endeavor of producing a full-scale opera in the Fresno State Concert Hall. During the planning meetings, the faculty decided they would likely hire someone to play the role of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). That’s when assistant professor of voice Dr. Maria Briggs stepped in and offered to take on the challenge.

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Fresno State Symphony Orchestra presents ‘From Russia with Love’

Thomas Loewenheim conducts the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its second concert of the season “From Russia with Love” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the Department of Music Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for employees and seniors and $5 for students.  The concert will present three beautiful works […]

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FOOSA Festival 2018 happening June 10-24

FOOSA Festival Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy Thomas Loewenheim, Artistic Director June 10-24

The Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy (FOOSA), a project of Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) and Fresno State’s Department of Music, is holding its two-week intensive program June 10-24, on the Fresno State campus. The program centers around the FOOSA Philharmonic, a selective pre-professional level orchestra that provides graduate school, college and high school musicians the opportunity to learn from and work alongside professionals and faculty members.

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Symphony Orchestra presents ‘The Emperor Concerto’

Acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk will perform with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its final concert of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Department of Music Concert Hall. The concert, titled “The Emperor Concerto,” will feature the internationally acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk.

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Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Spotlight on Students’ March 3

From left, Matthew Wheeler, Keegan Bamford and Mason Lamb will be featured at the Spotlight on Students

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its third concert of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Department of Music Concert Hall. The concert, titled “Spotlight on Students,” will focus on three students from the Music Department.

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Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Romantic Obsession’

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra presents "Romantic Obssession"

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert titled “Romantic Obsession” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Concert Hall at Fresno State. The concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony and selections from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin.” Dr. Thomas Loewenheim will conduct the Orchestra.

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International Cello Festival Oct. 5-8 features renowned cellists, classes

Cello festival

The International Cello Festival will take place from Oct. 5 through 8 on the Fresno State Campus, taking the final gala concert into the community at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. The festival focuses on talent from the Central Valley taking part in three days of intense master classes, cello ensemble rehearsals, two concerts and more.

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Play it again, Thomas

Thomas Loewenheim

~ Reprinted from Campus News Performing as cellist, conducting and giving master classes locally and around the world are just some of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim’s accomplishments as a musician. The professor of music achieved all that while adapting his personal playing style to his disability. “My passion for education stems from my deep love of […]

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