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Maydeen Merino
Staff Writer

Jeremiah Cossa, a Boston-based classical pianist, performed with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra on March 17, before a packed house at Bridges Auditorium on the Pomona College campus. 

The program began with Cossa performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece composed by Hungarian composure Franz Liszt. 

Liszt’s First Piano Concerto includes an application of the concept of “Thematic Transformation.” 

The concept involves the use of four different themes throughout the compilation.

Cossa’s performance received a standing ovation.

Following this, the orchestra performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, which describes two parts of nature, said Cecilia Cloughly, Claremont Symphony board president. 

The first part portrays “the days of youth, flowers, and thorns (the second is) a human comedy in which the dark side of the world is exposed,” Cloughly said. 

“Mahler’s first symphony, is a masterpiece that requires an extra-large orchestra, like Beethoven’s sixth symphony,” Cloughly added.

The Claremont Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer organization. 

Many of these musicians have been part of the orchestra for decades and consider it a family, Cloughly said.

Cossa, who received his bachelor of arts in music and piano performance from Azusa Pacific University, said he believes classical music has influenced much of the modern music people listen to today. 

“When you listen to music from the 1800s, you can hear how it is still influences other music that we hear in cartoons, such as ‘Tom and Jerry’,” Cossa said.

“I like the selections,” said Jesse Tucker, a freelance musician who attended the concert. “It is nice for the community.”

The Claremont Symphony Orchestra will host its next concert at 3:30 p.m. May 5 in the Bridges Hall of Music.

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