Passionate classical music steals the spotlight at the Saroyan Theatre

Byvu lita

Jun 22, 2023

Lovers of passionate classical music are in for a treat Friday night at the Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno.

And, in these inflationary times, the price of admission is better than all right.

Tickets are free but must be reserved at this link.

Patrons will hear “Music of Ecstasy: Scriabin and Shostakovich” performed by the Fresno International Summer Academy Orchestra. The philharmonic orchestra is composed of 130 high school and college musicians from all over the world and is led by conductor Thomas Loewenheim.

Loewenheim is head of strings, professor of cello, and conductor of the Fresno State Orchestra, as well as the Youth Orchestras of Fresno.

Photo of Thomas Loewenheim playing a cello

Instructor and conductor Thomas Loewenheim tutors his students. (

On Thursday night, the summer academy orchestra will debut “Music of Ecstasy: Scriabin and Shostakovich” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Friday’s performance in Fresno is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the orchestra wraps up its season with a Festival Finale at the Fresno State Concert Hall. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

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