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Gala Concert

  • Paul Shagoian Concert Hall 2770 East International Avenue Fresno, CA, 93730 United States (map)


Free admission.

Experience two rare cello concerti performed by master cellists Clive Greensmith and Thomas Loewenheim. You'll also hear performances by the winners of the Festival's Cello Competition and both of the Festival's Cello Ensembles.

Thomas Loewenheim will perform Hans Pfitzner's lost cello concerto, written in 1888. Found only a few years ago, this magnificent, expressive concerto was one of the composer's earliest works. Pfitzner was one of the leading composers and conductors in prewar Germany, but his musical life was complicated by the Nazis as he struggled to supporting the nation and culture he loved in the face of the regime's violence towards colleagues and students.

Clive Greensmith will present the world premiere of the first movement of Hungarian cellist and composer Pal Hermann's recently reconstructed Cello Concerto, written in the 1920s. Pal Hermann died in the Holocaust, leaving the work unfinished. His family in Italy and Los Angeles have allowed the reconstruction of this cello concerto and will attend the world premiere in Fresno.

works by Goltermann, Hermann, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Pfitzner, and more

Clive Greensmith, cello
Thomas Loewenheim, cello
winners of the Festival Cello Concerto Competition

Cello Fresno ensembles

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Loewenheim, conductor

Earlier Event: October 6
Cello Mania!