For Immediate Release: Intimate Classics Show Featuring Award-Winning Cellist and Pianist!

Escondido, California — :

Cellist Thomas Mesa and Pianist Ilya Yakushev join together to perform at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, February 24, 2019 starting at 3:30pm in the Center Theater.

The young Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa won the 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 First Prize, and recently performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl in the orchestra’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular.

He also recently performed as soloist with the Cleveland Symphony and in numerous solo and chamber appearances in New York City (Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall, Rockefeller University); Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts); the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Heifetz Institute, the Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount, the International Beethoven Project, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Thomas has toured with Itzhak Perlman and Protegés both nationally and internationally and as a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, he played sold-out concerts at Barge Music (New York City), the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Music Mountain and numerous other venues across the U.S. His regular duo partner is the acclaimed Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev.

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents.

He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York); Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco); Glinka Philharmonic Hall in his native St. Petersburg, Russia; Victoria Hall (Singapore); and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea), among countless others.

He has also performed with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and many others.

We are excited to have the Mesa-Yakushev Duo: Intimate Classics performance at the Center which is generously sponsored by Mrs. Lois Brossart.

Tickets are on sale online at or at the Center ticket office at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, Ca 92025, or by calling 800.988.4253. The ticket office is open Tue. – Sat. 12–6 PM, and Sun. 12–5 PM.

Tickets for the show range from $35-$55 and the “After Show Meet & Greet is $100.  Get more information about the show here:



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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