“Young Performers” Concert Sunday

Oskaloosa Orchestra

Oskaloosa Orchestra

The Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Tony Chang are preparing for the annual “Young Performers” Concert to be presented at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, April 14th at the George Daily Community Auditorium. The “Young Performers” concerts feature talented young musicians as soloists with the Oskaloosa Orchestra.

The first solo artist to perform in this year’s concert will be 13 year-old violinist, Shana Liu from Des Moines. Shana is an eighth grader at Merrill Middle School and Central Academy. Shana will be playing the first movement of the Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26.

Shana started violin lessons with Dr. Sarah Plum at Drake University when she was eight years old. Shana has served as concert mistress for the Merrill Middle School Orchestra for the past two years and was the concert mistress for the DSM public school All-City Middle School Music Festival. She plays in the DSM Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and most recently a member of Iowa Junior All State Orchestra.

In addition to studying violin, Shana is an accomplished pianist. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half with Mrs. Karen Langstraat in Indianola and currently studies with Dr. Ted Reuter at Wartburg College in Waverly. Shana has won several first place awards at Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA) state piano competitions. In August, Shana was a Sprout Champion in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair.

The second soloist that will perform on the April 14th concert will be pianist David Nelson, a William Penn University student from Moravia, Iowa. David will be performing the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. This performance will be the first time that a William Penn University student has performed as a soloist with the Oskaloosa Orchestra.

David received his AA degree at Indian Hills and then transferred to UNI to study piano performance. In the fall of 2012, David began his studies at William Penn University with a double major in Music Education and Music Performance. David began his study of the piano with his mother, Lise Nelson. He continued his eighteen year study of the piano with Mary Kempf, Micheal Phillipsen, Sean Botkin and presently with Anita Meinert. He has achieved several accomplishments on piano during this eighteen year period. His future plans include becoming a music teacher, composer and piano performer all over the globe.

In addition to the performances of the two young soloists, the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra will also perform the Cesar Franck Symphony in D minor. This is a major work for orchestra from the late Romantic period and the only symphony written by this composer. This symphony is somewhat challenging for the orchestra and it will represent a real achievement for our orchestra. It will also be a tribute to the wonderful musicianship of the orchestra musicians and maestro Tony Chang.

Tickets for this performance are available at the George Daily Auditorium ticket line: 641-672-0799 or on the Web: www.georgedaily.org

Adults-$12 Students-$7 and Families-$24.

For more information contact Robert Auld, executive director, 641-673-9448.

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