Ruslan Biryukov, renowned cellist, mentor and pedagogue will appear as the cello soloist in the world premiere performance of composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto’s 2nd Cello Concerto, which will be the centerpiece of a program presented by the CalStateLA Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Olympia Philharmonic Society in a concert entitled, “FROM BEETHOVEN TO MITSUMOTO,” featuring the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra performing together in concert under the baton of Fung Ho, Music Director and Conductor. The concert will be presented on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Hennings-Fischer Foundation.
The concert will preceded by a pre-concert discussion at 2:00 p.m. led by Alan Chapman, an On-Air Broadcaster from the Classical Music Radio Station, KUSC 91.5 FM. The pre-concert discussion is presented as part of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse Community Engagement Program.
The program will also feature Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka’s (1804-1857) Overture to the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila and Ludwig von Beethoven’s (1770-1827) Symphony No. 1 in C Major.
Maesto Fung Ho, Music Director and Conductor for CalStateLA Symphony and Olympia Youth Orchestra said, “We are honored to be able to present the World Premiere Masatoshi Mitsumoto’s 2nd Cello Concert, which will feature soloist Ruslan Biryukov, a renowned cellist, as well as very successful pedagogue who has mentored and taught cello students who have gone to be winners in the prestigious 8th International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, American Protégé International Competition in New York, the American Fine Arts International Festival and the Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship auditions, to name a few. His students have performed on major concert stages worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory. His appearance with our orchestra will be a wonderful artistic and learning experience for all the students involved. Mr. Mitsumoto will be flying in from his home in Rockville, MD to in attendance at the performance.”