The 37th New Music Guild, Inc. Festival, May 26-28, 2023, with Guest Artists, Pianist, Thomas Osuga and Violinist, Dr. Sho Omagari
On Friday, May 26th , 2023 Thomas Osuga and Dr. Sho Omagari will kick off the 37th
Festival by playing three School Children’s Concerts. At 8:00 am they will play at
Canfield Middle School; at 8:30 a.m. they will perform a second Canfield show; and
at 1:00 p.m. they will visit Lordstown Middle and High School for an auditorium
assembly in Lordstown, Ohio. The guest artists will perform a free 7:00 pm Friday
evening May 26th concert at YSU’s St. John Henry Newman Center, 254 Madison Ave.,
along with New Music Guild Coordinators Gwyneth, violin and Robert Rollin, piano.
The acoustics are excellent there. There is limited seating so those wishing to attend
should RSVP to Carly Koewacich at email@example.com.
Residing in New York City and a frequent guest artist on the Guild concert series in
the past, Dana alumnus Osuga is a highly gifted pianist and arranger with a special
flair for choosing inventive and imaginative programs. His technical and sight-
reading skills are legendary. Dr. Omagari lives in Japan and continues an active
career as violin soloist.
Osuga and Omagari will highlight the Festival Gala at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Holy
Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St. in downtown Youngstown, at 3:00 pm Sunday,
May 28 th , 2023. They will present works by Bach Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky and
Robert Rollin. The Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rollin will perform
works by Mozart; Gustav Holst; Piotr Maszynski; Kent, Ohio composer/arranger
Wanda Sobieska; Rollin and more. Admission is free.
Thomas Osuga was a Music Theory and Composition student of Dana Professor
Emeritus Robert Rollin (local New Music Guild, Inc. Coordinator) years ago. Osuga
has been on the faculty of New York City’s Mannes College and co-coordinator of the
Preparatory Piano Division (http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/) since 1994. He
maintains a large private studio in upper Manhattan. His students regularly pursue
careers at top levels conservatories, colleges, and graduate schools. An
internationally acclaimed solo and chamber artist, he is founder and artistic director
of Aurista Chamber Music a flexible ensemble known for its Metropolitan New York
City performances (http://www.myspace.com/auristachambermusic). Organizer
and faculty member at international music festivals in Italy and Germany, he
presently coordinates concerts at the Puffin Foundation in Teaneck, New Jersey. He
has recorded for the Capstone, Legacy, and Coronet labels.
German born violinist Sho Omagari began performing at age 5. Omagari holds a
Bachelors of Music from the Mannes College, the Masters from the Juilliard School of
Music, and a Violin Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook
under full scholarship. He has won numerous prestigious awards and was the first
recipient of the Circle of Wind Music Scholarship Award in memory of the victims of
9/11 and the 3/11 Japanese Earthquake. His ocean liner performance in memory of
Titanic victims was broadcast worldwide. He concertizes regularly.
There will be a catered reception after the Sunday afternoon concert in honor of
Thomas Osuga and Sho Omagari. All events are free and open to the public.
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