New Music Guild, Inc. Festival XXXIV, May 25-26, 2018, with Dana Alumni Pianist Thomas Osuga, & Violinists Sho Omagari & Wanda Sobieska
On Friday, May 25th Osuga and Omagari will kick off the Festival by playing three Catholic School Children’s Concerts. At 9:00 a.m. they will perform at St. Charles Church in Boardman; at 10:15 a.m. they stop at St. Joseph the Provider School in Brier Hill; and at 1:00 p.m. they will visit Holy Family School in Poland.
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 & Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, on Friday evening, and a duo recital on Saturday night at Jefferson Congregational Church in Jefferson, Ohio, both at 7:00p.m.
Thomas Osuga has been a respected teacher on the Piano Preparatory Department Faculty at New York’s Mannes College of Music since 1994. He performs new works on concerts in major New York venues. He maintains a large private piano studio in upper Manhattan. This year he is also directing musical performances at Hunter Elementary, a school for gifted children. His facility at the piano is legendary.
A graduate of Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, violin virtuoso Sho Omagari recently completed requirements for the Violin Performance Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook with a specialty in Japanese Music. He has toured all over Japan, and performs frequently in the New York metropolitan area.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Wanda 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. She has worked for the San Francisco Chamber and the English Symphony Orchestras and has her own website, www.freegigmusic.com featuring her practical arrangements.
The Festival Concert Gala will take place 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 25th, 2018 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, in Downtown Youngstown and will have three premieres by the Festival Chamber Orchestra: Kent State grad student, Galo Arboleto Solzano’ s Adagietto for Strings, a slow, lyrical piece; Westminster College faculty member, Jason Tad Howard’s Suite for K No. 2, a minimalist composition in eight short movements; and YSU Professor Emeritus, Robert Rollin’s Elijah, the Prophet, a setting based on two Hebrew melodies with Sho Omagari as violin soloist.
The Orchestra will also play Rollin’s Fantasy on Polish Folk Songs with Wanda Sobieska as soloist. It presents variations on the old Polish song, Sleep Sweet Little Jesus (also used by Chopin in his B Minor Scherzo), alternating with songs from the Polish Carpathian Mountains originally collected by Sobieska’s, grandparents.