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Argyle Arts News: Thomas Loewenheim to Conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 6 at Disney Hall

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2017
For Information: 480.269.7652 (Dan Schwartz, Accent Concerts)

Thomas Loewenheim to Conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 6 at Disney Hall

Concert Will Also Include Strauss’ Don Juan and a World Premiere

LOS ANGELES – Some of the most majestic music ever written will fill the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 23 when the 120 musicians of the FOOSA Philharmonic take the stage under the baton of Thomas Loewenheim to perform two beloved masterworks – Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and Richard StraussDon Juan – and the world premiere of Joseph Bohigian’s Subnatural Delights.

The FOOSA Philharmonic astounded Los Angeles concertgoers last year with a riveting performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. The orchestra, founded by conductor Thomas Loewenheim, is a pre-professional ensemble providing talented young musicians the opportunity to study with members of the nation’s great orchestras and faculty from its top conservatories. The ensemble’s philosophy of having young artists play alongside their professional mentors leads to an orchestral sound combining youthful exuberance with experienced technical mastery.

“Every year, the Disney Hall performance is the capstone of our festival experience,” said Julia Copeland, festival co-founder and executive director. “Our faculty members serve as principal players in the orchestra. This amazing repertoire, performed in one of the world’s greatest concert halls by an orchestra that includes veteran players of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra, will be an incredible experience for musicians and audience alike.”

Admission to the 8PM concert is free, but advance reservations are recommended. Tickets may be reserved by visiting www.foosamusic.org or calling (480) 269-7652.

About the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy

The FOOSA (Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy) Philharmonic is a pre-professional orchestra based in Fresno, California. The festival, based at Fresno State, was created by Thomas Loewenheim to provide an opportunity for advanced young musicians to perform side-by-side with distinguished professionals from around the world and has helped hundreds of musicians launch their orchestral careers.

At FOOSA, young artists perform in the orchestra alongside their faculty mentors, who hail from institutions including USC, Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, and Fresno State. The faculty include such notable musicians as Edmund Cord, former principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic; Bruce Bransby, former principal bass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Lynn Harrell, former principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell.

The FOOSA Philharmonic’s annual concert at the Los Angeles County Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall caps the Summer Academy and has previously featured works including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.

Concert in Brief

The FOOSA Philharmonic. Thomas Loewenheim, conductor.
Mahler: Symphony No. 6; R. Strauss: Don Juan; Bohigian: Subnatural Delights
Friday, June 23, 2017, 8PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles
Free admission
For tickets: www.foosamusic.org or (480) 269-7652

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Photo Caption

Thomas Loewenheim conducts the FOOSA Philharmonic in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall in June 2016. The acclaimed pre-professional orchestra returns to Disney Hall on Friday, June 23, with a concert including Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Strauss’ Don Juan, and the world premiere of Joseph Bohigian’s Subnatural Delights. Tickets are free and may be reserved online at www.foosamusic.org or by calling (480) 269-7652. (photo credit: Benjamin Chua)

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