New Music Guild preps 38th festival

Pianist Thomas Osuga and violinist Sho Omagari will be the guest artists for the 38th New Music Guild Festival.

Osuga, a Dana School of Music alumnus, has been on the faculty of New York City’s Mannes College and co-coordinator of the preparatory piano division since 1994. He also is the founder and artistic director of Aurista Chamber Music and an organizer and faculty member at music festivals in Italy and Germany.

The Bazetta native and 1980 Lakeview High School graduate has recorded for the Capstone, Legacy and Coronet labels.

Omagari, who was born in Germany, earned his bachelor’s degree from Mannes College, his master’s from the Juilliard School of Music and his doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

He was the first recipient of the Circle of Wind Music Scholarship Award in memory of the victims of 9 / 11 and the 3 / 11 Japanese Earthquake. His ocean liner performance in memory of Titanic victims was broadcast worldwide.

They will present works by Rachmaninov, Vitali, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Yolanda Adams, Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich and Robert Rollin, NMG coordinator and conductor of the Festival Chamber Orchestra.

The Festival Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Johannes Brahms, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz; Kent composer and arranger Wanda Sobieska and Rollin.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St., Youngstown. Admission is free, and the concert will be followed by a reception honoring Osuga, Omagari and Sobieska. For more information, go to www.newmusicsociety.net.

Osuga and Omagari also will do concerts at three area schools on Friday as part of the festival.

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