Dallas Pianist Avguste Antonov Returns to Headline at Dana’s New Music Society Annual Fall Concerts
The Dana New Music Society will feature a return visit of pianist Avguste Antonov as Guest Artist on their Annual Fall Concerts Wednesday, November 30, 12:10pm at Butler North: the main concert, 8:00pm the same evening at Bliss Recital Hall; Friday, December 2, 11:00am at Bliss Recital Hall; and Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church on Covington Street in Youngstown.
Avguste Antonov was born in Bulgaria, lived 10 years in France, then moved to the U.S. where he continued his training at the University of Kansas and Texas Christian University. He has an active career as soloist specializing in 20th and 21st Century music giving recitals in France, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio. He has premiered many new piano works and has worked with such composers as Carter Pann, John Mackey, Robert Rollin, and Michael Colgrass among others. Antonov has also appeared as soloist with the University of Kansas Symphony, Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra, and San Jose Wind Symphony. He teaches at The Master’s Touch School of Music and Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Dana School of Music
Antonov will premiere Dana faculty composer Robert Rollin’s Toccata, which he commissioned two years ago. It is a lively and technically challenging display piece. Antonov will also play Daniel Perttu’s Sonata. Perttu is on the music composition faculty of Westminster College. In addition Antonov will play the Ohio premieres of Texas composer Matthew Saunders’ Starry Wanderers, Finnish composer Kim Diehneit’s Impromptu, and San Francisco composer Marc Parella’s Sonata El Sonoro.
Several Dana composition students will hear premieres of their works. Senior Carol Ann Smolka will sing her latest two songs: “I Am Yours,” and “Dying to Survive,” accompanied by graduate student Allyson Oyster. The two will also present Allyson Oyster’s Psalm 47:1. Sophomore Jesse Martin will perform his own Two Etudes for piano, and will also hear his String Quartet No. 1, second movement. “Clowns” the first movement of junior Samantha Hogan’s Hell’s Carnival, will be premiered by a student flute quartet. Her Thoughtbox for trombone and piano will also be played by Dana faculty trombonist John Olson accompanied by Jerry Rezanka. Cory Davis will perform his piano piece titled With Nothing Left.
New Music Society
The Dana Composers Ensemble will present two new works: Three-Legged Race for five players by Allyson Oyster, and Motion for ten players by Samantha Hogan. Dana faculty Robert Rollin’s Little American Suite will be played by a faculty/student double-reed ensemble directed by Dana faculty oboist Ted Perkins. New Music Guild Inc. member and local composer Richard Zacharias’ latest piano piece will be premiered by Cory Davis. Junior flautist Julianna Sabo and Dana faculty Diane Yazvac, piano will play English composer Mike Mower’s “Bossa Mengova” from his Sonata Latino.
The last of the four concerts will take place 2:00pm Sunday, December 4 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church on Covington Street in downtown Youngstown. The audience will have a last chance to hear Antonov perform a few of the contemporary works listed, as well as piano music by Franz Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt.
All concerts are free and open to the public.