Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Spotlight on Students’

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Symphony Orchestra presents ‘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 Concert Hall at Fresno State. The concert, titled “Spotlight on Students,” will feature the talents of three music students.

This year’s Concerto Competition winner, cellist Keegan Bamford, will be featured in the first movement of David Popper’s Second Cello Concerto.

The orchestra will perform “Thoreau’s Walden: Five Scenes,” a world premiere of a new composition by two graduate composition students — Mason Lamb and Matthew Wheeler — based on Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” and taken from sketches by former Fresno State philosophy professor Karen Bell.

“Together, we have walked through the essential themes of Walden and used the unique scope and timbres that only a symphony can provide to bring the written words into aural reality,” Lamb said.

The orchestra will close the concert with Alexander Glazunov’s Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major, Op. 55, titled “Heroic.”

Ticket cost: $15 general, $10 employees and seniors, $5 students. Click here for additional information.