Dallas/Fort Worth Pianist Avguste Antonov to Present Benefit Concert for New Music Society
Pianist Avguste Antonov of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas is presenting a recital 8 pm, Wednesday, October 31 at Bliss Recital Hall to raise money for the New Music Society. Free will donations will be used to fund further concerts and toward scholarships for student composers. Antonov has visited Youngstown three times in recent years and has been so impressed with the New Music Society activities at the Dana School of Music that he is donating his services for the group.
Antonov is an active piano soloist specializing in recent music. He has premiered works by such composers as Carter Pann, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, and Marc Parella. He has played recitals in Bordeaux (France), in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio. He has been soloist with the San Jose Wind Symphony, the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, University of Kansas Symphony, Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, and the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra. This season he will be performing in Texas, Kansas, Ohio, California, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington. Antonov teaches at The Master’s Touch School of Music and Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas where he has an extensive studio.
Antonov will be featuring works by American composers. These include Melancholy Rags, Book 1 by Gregory Hutter, a DePaul University faculty (Chicago). Hutter’s works have been widely played in Europe and the United States and are recorded on Naxos and Capstone Records. Antonov will be playing two works by Carter Pann; Upstate Rag, and Soiree Macabre. Pann has had performances in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with recent accolades for his band music. Dana faculty composer Robert Rollin will hear two of his compositions being performed: Ballade, and Toccata, the latter commissioned by Antonov, and written to exhibit his technical skills. The former was commissioned by Dana Alumnus Kevin Orr, now Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Florida, Gainsville. Matthew Saunders’ Starry Wanderers: Earthly Hope and Stillness will be programmed by Antonov. Saunders is the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Chair of Music and a graduate of Ohio State. Antonov will also play Concerto #1 “Anti-Ares” by a composer of video game music, Virkato Wakhmaninov, and Upon the Water by Kansas State University student Joshua de Bonilla. The latter work was recently programmed at the Society of Composers Region 6 Convention at West Texas A&M University.
Avgust Antonov can also be heard 12:15 pm, Wednesday, October 31 at the Butler Institute of American Art; 11:00 am, Friday, November 2 in Bliss Recital Hall; and 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 4 at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church on Covington Street in Youngstown.
New Music Society
These programs will also include works by members of the New Music Society. Dance of Spring, a quartet by Graduate Composition Student Yanda Zhu will receive its premiere by flutists Amanda Lawrence and Kristen Richter and trombonists Colton Randall and Samantha Hogan. Dana students Chris Nutter (clarinet) and Jason Volovar (piano) will perform senior Samantha Hogan’s Of Wizards and Dragons. Colton Randall’s flute duet Through the Trees, and a three-movement flute duet by sophomore Mike Lynch will be premiered. Sophomore Jesse Martin will hear premieres of two of his compositions. Alison Morris, piano, will perform a piano piece by Youngstown composer and member of the New Music Guild, Inc. Richard Zacharias. Freshman Jon Kurish will also have a premiere on the programs.
These concerts are free and open to the public.