Lois Robinson, Executive Director
(318) 222-7496 


SHREVEPORT, LA, OCTOBER 29, 2019 - On Saturday, November 16, Francisco Fullana, the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, will join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5. The program also includes Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and film music by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame.


Mozart & Schubert
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
First Baptist Shreveport
Michael Butterman, conductor

GREENWOOD Suite from "There Will Be Blood"
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish"
Francisco Fullana, violin
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5

A free pre-concert discussion starts at 6:40 p.m. 
Tickets are available online at  or by phone at 318-227-8863. Prices range from $15-$63.  Tickets for children and students are $10/$15 (by phone only). 
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsor is the Hilton Shreveport.  

About Francisco Fullana

Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has received international praise as a "rising star" ( BBC Music Magazine), an "amazing talent" (maestro Gustavo Dudamel) and "a paragon of delicacy" ( San Francisco's Classical Voice). His playing has been described as "explosive" ( Gramophone), "electric and virtuosic" ( The Strad).
A native of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, Francisco is making a name for himself as both a performer and a leader of innovative educational institutions. As an orchestral soloist he has performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bayerische Philharmonie led by the late Sir Colin Davis, the Sibelius Concerto with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and the Brahms Violin Concerto with Venezuela's Teresa Carreño Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He has also soloed with the Vancouver, Pacific, Alabama, Maryland, Madrid Symphonies as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, and has worked with such noted conductors as Hans Graf, Carlos Izcaray, Alondra de la Parra, Christoph Poppen, Jeannette Sorrell, and Joshua Weilerstein.
Orchid Classics recently released Francisco's recording "Through the Lens of Time," which includes Max Richter's 2012 composition  The Four Seasons Recomposed performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlos Izcaray. This ambitious project, recently named Forbes's CD of the Week and featured as the #1 Classical Track on Apple Music, carries forward from its modern reconsideration of Vivaldi's beloved classic with a series of contemporary solo works for violin that also shine a new light on the Baroque musical tradition. Orchid Classics will release Francisco's new album next year, featuring solo violin works by Bach, Paganini, Ysaye and others.
He received bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School following studies with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, and holds an Artist Diploma from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he worked with the renowned violinist Midori.
Francisco is a committed innovator, leading new institutions of musical education for young people. He is a co-founder of San Antonio's Classical Music Summer Institute, where he currently serves as Chamber Music Director. He also created the Fortissimo Youth Initiative, a series of Baroque and Classical music seminars and performances with youth orchestras, which aims to explore and deepen young musicians' understanding of 18th-century music. The seminars are deeply immersive, thrusting youngsters into the sonic world of a single composer while inspiring them to channel their overwhelming energy in the service of vibrant older styles of musical expression. The results can be galvanic, and Francisco continues to build on these educational models.
He currently performs on the 1735 "Mary Portman" ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù violin, kindly on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra 
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.