Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ramo Auditorium

Caltech Orchestra

Allen Robert Gross, Director

Featured soloist on this program is John Walz, Principal Cellist of the LA Opera, performing the Dvořák Cello Concerto.  Also on the program are Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Samuel Barber's First Essay for Orchestra.

John Walz is known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu's Concerto #1 and William Schuman's Song of Orfeus. In 1979, Mr. Walz, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie and pianist Edith Orloff, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony.

The Caltech Orchestra is comprised of players from Caltech, JPL, and its surrounding communities. Conductor Allen Robert Gross begins his thirty-fifth year as director of the orchestra.

The same concert will be presented on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

The concerts are free, with no tickets or reservations required, but early arrival is recommended.

For further information, please call (626) 395-3295.

For more information, please contact Caltech Performing & Visual Arts by phone at (626) 395-3295 or by email at