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New compositions performed for the first time in concert

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:33 a.m. CDT
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The Amicizia Trio will perform in concert at the NIU Music Building at 8 p.m. April 15.

DeKALB – The Amicizia Trio will present a free concert of new works composed for violin, cello, and piano at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Northern Illinois University Music Building Recital Hall. The program will feature works by Zack Browning, Robert Fleisher, Tim Schirmer, Daniel Temkin and Durwynne Hsieh. It will be the first public performance of three of the compositions on the program.

Browning, Schirmer, and Fleisher will join the Amicizia Trio for the concert and an informal preview of the program from 4 to 5 p.m. in the recital hall. Both the preview and concert are open to the public.

The Amicizia Trio – Song-A Cho, violin, Stephanie Iovine, cello, and Johanna Kosak, piano – released its first CD recording, “Prologue,” in 2012.

An ardent performer and founder of the Transfiguration Ensemble, Cho is a winner of the Guderyahn String Competition and a recipient of many scholarship awards, including the Edward John Noble Foundation Award from the distinguished Juilliard School. She tours extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician.

Hailing from a musical family, Iovine began piano lessons at the age of 4 and violoncello at 10. She is a certified Suzuki ‘cello instructor and teaches private ‘cello lessons out of her Lake Ronkonkoma home. She is a busy freelancer with various chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Long Island and serves as principal ‘cellist for the St. Martin’s Symphony Orchestra in Amityville as well as the Hampton Chamber Orchestra. She has been an active member of the Long Island Performers’ Club, concertizing as a soloist and with various sized chamber ensembles since 2003. 

Kosak is an active soloist, a chamber musician, presenter, and pedagogue. Her extensive educational background encompasses the fields of piano performance, piano pedagogy and music education. Kosak’s teaching experience includes Parkland College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Cincinnati Conservatory School of Music. She joined the faculty of Suffolk Community College in 2005, and was promoted to the position of assistant professor in 2012.

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