35th Annual New Music Guild Festival, May 24-25, 2019, with Dana Alumni Pianist Thomas Osuga, & Ecuadorian Violinist Galo Arboleda Solorzano
On Friday, May 24th Osuga and Arboleda will kick off the 35th annual Festival by playing three School Children’s Concerts. At 10:00 a.m. they will perform at St. Joseph the Provider School in Brier Hill; and at 1:00 p.m. they will visit Holy Family School in Poland. The third school concert will be announced.
Osuga has delighted area school children with his inventive and imaginative programs for the past six years and frequently plays children’s concerts in metropolitan New York. Arboleda has his own arrangements of Ecuadorian folk music to share with the students. They will also play music by Japanese and American composers and pieces from the virtuoso violin and piano literature.
They will highlight the Festival Gala at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, on Friday evening, and play a duo recital on Saturday night at Jefferson Congregational Church in Jefferson, Ohio, both at 7:00p.m. Admission is free.
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.
Kent State graduate, Galo Arboleda Solorzano is no stranger to Youngstown. Last year the Festival Chamber Orchestra premiered his Adagietto for Strings, a beautiful slow, lyrical piece. He has played in the orchestra for several years. He has performed the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with the Stow Ohio Orchestra, and appeared as soloist in tandem with renowned violinist Schlomo Mince on the Bach Double Concerto with the National Symphony in Quito, Ecuador. He often pays solo recitals in Quito.
Arboleda has composed a new piece entitled Elegy for French Horn and Strings for the Festival Chamber Orchestra. Dan Fackler will be soloist. Fackler has served as horn with the Woody Hermann Thundering Horde in the group’s Silver Anniversary Tour and with other popular groups. He also was Principal Horn of the Elgin and Elmhurst Symphonies, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival, and Illinois Chamber Symphony. Ecuadorian composer Eduardo Florencia’s Fantasia Para orquesta de cuerdas, Op. 39 will receive its American premiere by the Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Friday night Gala. It is a charming piece containing folk music elements.
Cleveland Composers Guild member Ryan Charles Ramer’s Cat & Mouse for string orchestra will receive its string orchestra version premiere by the Orchestra. YSU Professor Emeritus, Robert Rollin’s Eli Ata, A Chassidic Song, an original contrapuntal setting, will have its world premiere.