Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music Winter New Music Concerts will be 8 p.m. Wednesday March 20, in Bliss Recital Hall, and 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21,. at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, 421 Covington St., Youngstown.
The concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted at the concert at Sts. Peter and Paul. Parking at YSU is available in the M1 Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.
Featured guest artists Thomas Osuga and Sho Omagari will perform at both concerts and will also give presentations at St. Joseph the Provider and Immaculate Heart of Mary elementary schools.
Osuga, a Dana alumnus and founder/director of Aurista, is a piano soloist and accompanist performing both chamber and solo venues. He has a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and doctoral studies at New York University. In addition to founding and directing Aurista Chamber Music, a flexible ensemble, he also organizes several European music festivals and oversees musical programs at the Puffin Foundation Center in Teaneck, N.J. Osuga teaches at the Mannes School of Music Preparatory Division and maintains a large private studio.
Omagari has been performing since the age of five. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mannes College, Master of Music from Juilliard, and is working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the State University of New York Stony Brook. He won the 2012 International Music Competition at Pforzheim, Germany, and is past laureate of the Seventeenth International Youth Music Competition, Bulgaria. He is the first recipient of the Circle of Wind Music Scholarship Award created in memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and 3/11 Japan earthquake. Omagari recently gave a recital tour of Japan, playing concerts at the evacuation shelters in one of the worst stricken areas of the Japan quake, and master classes for the public schools around Tokyo.
At the March 20 concert, Robert Rollin’s Song and Dance for violin and piano will be premiered. Aurista will also include their three-movement Suite Concertante in their repertoire. Local composer Richard Zacharias’ two-movement string quartet Too Far to Walk will be performed. His quartet will also perform, including Mariana Szalaj and Karen Considine, violins; Natalie Sahyoun, viola; and Maria Fesz, cello – all former or current graduate students of the Dana School of Music. The same group will also premiere senior Samantha Hogan’s Carpe Diem Overture.
Dana faculty Alan Mosher’s Danse des Oiseaux will be premiered by senior Rachel Minto, flute, and graduate Ben Dague, guitar. Senior composition major Carol Ann Smolka will premiere her song, Love Will Be Enough. The Composers Ensemble, Gwyneth Rollin director, will present Samantha Hogan’s Sunrise, a programmatic quintet for soprano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, and trombone.
The March 21 concert will feature Aurista Chamber Music playing music in a variety of styles including those by Kreisler, Beethoven, Glatthorn, Monti, Saint-Saens, Youngmi Ha and Rollin.