Pianist, violinists return for New Music Festival


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The New Music Guild’s annual festival will take place Friday and May 26, featuring performances by Dana School of Music alumnus Thomas Osuga, piano, and violinists Sho Omagari and Wanda Sobieska.

Osuga and Omagari will kick off the music fest Friday with three concerts for school students: St. Charles, Boardman, at 9 a.m.; St. Joseph the Provider, Brier Hill, at 10:15 a.m.; and Holy Family in Poland at 1 p.m.

The two performers have delighted area school children with their inventive and imaginative programs for the past five years and frequently play children’s concerts in metropolitan New York. They will play music by Japanese and American composers and recent pieces from the virtuoso violin and piano literature.

They will also play at the Festival Gala at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Youngstown, 421 Covington St., on Friday at 7 p.m., and at the same time May 26 at Jefferson Congregational Church in Jefferson.

Osuga has been faculty at New York’s Mannes College of Music since 1994. He performs new works on concerts in major New York venues and maintains a large private piano studio in Manhattan.

A graduate of Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, violin virtuoso Omagari recently completed requirements for the violin performance doctorate at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook with a specialty in Japanese Music.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Sobieska belongs to the fifth generation of a family of musicians and musicologists. She studied at the Warsaw Conservatory and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

The Festival Concert Gala concerts will be directed by Youngstown State University Professor Emeritus Robert Rollin and will include three premieres by the Festival Chamber Orchestra: Kent State grad student, Galo Arboleto Solzano’s Adagietto for Strings; Westminster College faculty Jason Tad Howard’s Suite for K No. 2; and Rollin’s Elijah, the Prophet, based on Hebrew melodies with Sho Omagari as violin soloist.

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