Love Conquers All!

Love Conquers All!

Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall (map)

Our annual fundraising concert! Come early to take advantage of our dessert auction!

Guest artist Erika Raum will join our Youth Philharmonic to perform the beloved Mendelsson violin concerto!

Also on the program: Khachaturian's Spartacus Suite performed by the combined Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic orchestras.

Thomas Loewenheim conducts.

Erika Raum

Erika Raum

Joy Spring!

Joy Spring!

Our Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO) and Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) gang up to present a rip-roaring concert of favorite music.

Adam Elmore and Thomas Loewenheim conduct.

 

4:00pm NOTE SATURDAY DATE (A CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL DAY OF THE WEEK!)
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

YOUTH MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA

YOUTH MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA

William Saroyan Theatre (map)

This is the big kahuna...the gathering of 300-some young musicians on and off stage at the William Saroyan Theatre on Memorial Day weekend.

A yearly tradition for the Youth Orchestras, this event gives us the opportunity to showcase our young talent and our community.

Join us for this free celebration of youthful enthusiasm and ability!

From Donald Munro's review of last year's extravaganza:
The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra had just finished up the first half of Sunday’s rousing Memorial Day weekend concert. I could still hear fiery tones of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto resonating in my head. Before walking into the lobby for intermission, I glanced at the stage. It was crowded with the 100 members of the ensemble, which features the oldest and most experienced players among the Youth Orchestras of Fresno’s three groups.
Impressive.
When I returned after the break, there were even more players. Members of the younger Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chamber Orchestra had joined in with the Youth Philharmonic musicians for the second half of the program. And because there wasn’t enough room on the stage to pack one more player in, the members of a fourth ensemble — beginning violinists with the organization’s highly successful Accent on Access program — were squeezed in front of the Saroyan Theatre’s first row on the floor of the auditorium itself. The visual effect was striking: It was as if a sea of young musicians, more than 300 total, had spilled off the stage into the audience.
Even more impressive.
That idea of a concert hall filled to the brim with future players (and, hopefully, enthusiasts) of classical music is a nice way to acknowledge what Youth Orchestras of Fresno is doing to elevate this community’s cultural scene.