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FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy Announces 2024 Summer Program

Wednesday, 05 June 2024 11:00 AM


Classical music festival featuring renowned musicians from around the world presents eight concerts over two weeks in Fresno and Los Angeles

FRESNO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 5, 2024 / The FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy (FOOSA) is thrilled to announce its 2024 summer program, an intensive orchestral immersion designed to attract high-level pre-professional students from around the world, with a special focus on young musicians from California's Central Valley. Our mission is to create a music festival and orchestral training program that brings the world to Fresno and Fresno to the world.

FOOSA Philharmonic
FOOSA Philharmonic
FOOSA Philharmonic Thomas Loewenheim conductor

In collaboration with Fresno State and the Youth Orchestras of Fresno, the FOOSA Festival takes place each June, gathering nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty with aspiring young musicians for a two-week intensive course of orchestral study. Participants will benefit from a variety of enriching experiences, including workshops, master classes, daily private lessons, daily rehearsals and sectionals, student recitals, a concerto competition, and culminating concerts. These events include performances at the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the William Saroyan Theater in downtown Fresno.

Under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, the FOOSA Philharmonic has emerged as one of the world's premier orchestras specializing in Romantic-era music, particularly the expansive works of Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Richard Strauss. The Philharmonic also explores a range of other musical styles from the Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary periods, often premiering new works. This enormous symphony orchestra, with over 130 musicians, serves as the ideal ensemble for bringing Loewenheim's dynamic interpretations to life.

This summer, embark on an inspirational journey from darkness into light as the FOOSA Philharmonic performs Karol Szymanowski's "Concert Overture" and Gustav Mahler's "Seventh Symphony." This epic orchestral masterpiece transforms the anxiety and fear of the night into joyous exuberance with the dawn of a new day.

Join us for an unforgettable experience as we continue to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians, fostering a global community through the power of music.

About FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy: The FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy is dedicated to providing high-level orchestral training and performance opportunities to young musicians. By bringing together talented students and esteemed faculty from around the world, FOOSA aims to create a vibrant and dynamic musical community in Fresno, California.

Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. To register for your free tickets, click on the links below or visit

Song of the Night

Friday, June 21, 2024, 8:00 P.M.

The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall

Song of the Night Ticket Reservation Disney

Song of the Night

Sunday, June 23, 2024, 3:00 P.M.

William Saroyan Theatre

Song of the Night Ticket Reservation Saroyan Fresno

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Marchese: [email protected]

Dan Schwartz: [email protected]


Contact Information

Dan Schwartz
[email protected]

Catherine Marchese
Executive Director
[email protected]



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