Local Talent in Young Performers Concert
OSKALOOSA, IA — The Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Tony Chang will present the annual “Young Performers Concert” at the George Daily Auditorium on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. This concert features three outstanding soloists performing with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Members of the orchestra will also include some very talented young players from the community who will perform with the more experienced regular members of the Symphony.
The first soloist for this year’s performance is Shana Liu, performing the first movement of the famous Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16. This will be the second time that Shana will perform with The Oskaloosa Symphony. Shana is a freshman at Roosevelt High School and Central Academy in Des Moines. She has loved music from a very young age and started piano lessons when she was five and a half years old. Shana has served as an accompanist at The Des Moines Heartland Youth Choir, Roosevelt High School varsity show choirs, and Roosevelt orchestra and chamber orchestra.
The second soloist is violinist Nina Liu, performing two movements (Winter and Spring) from the famous “Seasons” Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. Nina is a sophomore at Drake University pursuing degrees in Finance and Music. She has played the violin for 13 years and has led as the concertmistress of the Drake University Orchestra, the Roosevelt High School Orchestra and the Des Moines Youth Symphony. In 2011, Nina won the Des Moines Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition where she performed as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony at the Civic Center.
Dr. Hao Huang, an accomplished tenor and visiting professor at the University of Iowa, will perform as the final guest soloist. Dr. Huang will perform three arias including Nessun dorma from Puccini’s Turandot, Dein ist mein ganzes herz from Das Land des Lachelns by Franz Lehar, and Una furtive largrima from Ll’Elisir d’ amore by Donizetti.
Huang received his doctorate of arts from Stuttgart Conservatory of Music, Germany. He is a professor and associate director for the graduate program at the Vocal Music Department of Wuhan Conservatory of Music and a member of Chinese Musicians Association. In 2002, he was shortlisted as the top ten best singers of Germany and his songs were collected in CD “2002 Collection of German New Singer.”
Tickets cost $7 for students, $12 for adults, and $24 for families of five or more. Tickets are available from the George Daily Auditorium box office at (641) 672-0799 or www.georgedaily.org.