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YSU PIANO WEEK Event will feature concerto's premiere


Published: Sun, March 5, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


YOUNGSTOWN -- The Dana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Gage and with pianist Caroline Oltmanns, will present the premiere of the concerto "Tipping Points" by David Morgan at 8 p.m. Monday at Stambaugh Auditorium.
The performance, which will also include Beethoven's "Sonata Op. 53 in C Major," will kick off Piano Week at Youngstown State University.
Morgan, of Cleveland, is assistant professor of jazz studies and double bass at YSU. His "The Surprise of Being" was premiered by saxophonist Joe Lovano and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra in November. His saxophone concerto was recorded by the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, and "Romance for Flute and Strings" has been recorded by Katie DeJongh and the Polish National Chamber Symphony.
Piano Week promotes music for piano with international guest artists, solo recitals, new music and jazz groups. Oltmanns is the founder and artistic director of the event.
Oltmanns, of Boardman, has received recognition for performances and radio broadcasts in the United States and abroad. Her playing has been heard in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as in venues in Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada and South Africa.
She is frequently featured as soloist with the orchestra and has recorded several solo and chamber music CDs. Her next solo CD will be released in September.
Oltmanns has premiered numerous works by contemporary composers. Her annual commission of a new work for piano and symphonic wind ensemble has included works by Edward Largent, Till McIvor Meyn and James Wilding. She is an associate professor of piano at YSU, where she joined the faculty in 1994.
All Piano week events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the YSU Performing Arts Series at (330) 941-7448.


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