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Published 4/28/2005

Greg Kostraba to Perform At Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts, May 13

Internationally acclaimed radio professional and concert pianist Greg Kostraba will bring his musical talents to Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts as he takes to the stage on Friday, May 13. The piano performance will appear in the College's Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m.

"Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to feature such a well-known composer and gifted pianist as Mr. Kostraba in concert," said Barbara Barkan, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "His boldly hewn solo piano session along with the narrated performance will provide for a great evening of family entertainment."

Kostraba has successfully combined a career as a radio professional and concert pianist. He currently serves as the Classical Music Director and Senior Radio Host of WGTE-FM 91.3 and is responsible for the station's programming of classical music.

His passion for music also includes devoting much of his time composing at various locations throughout North America. In June 2004 at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, Kostraba's mesmerizing performance helped him garner semi-finalist status and acclaim for music making.

In addition, Kostraba has performed throughout the Midwest highlighted by appearances with the Purdue and the Lafayette symphony orchestras. He has also been featured in solo piano and chamber music performances at various locations, including the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, Bowling Green State University and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana.

During his performance, Kostraba will entertain the Owens audience with a beautiful rendition of "The Bells" by William Grant Still, "Second Piano Sonata" by Robert Muczynski and "Sunday in Brooklyn" by Elie Siegmeister. Following intermission, WGTE-FM's host of Morning Edition, Ross Hocker, will join Kostraba on stage. Hocker will narrate "The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant" by Francis Poulenc. The narration will have piano accompaniment by Kostraba.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for senior citizens and Owens employees, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets visit www.stagetix.com or contact the College's Box Office. For more information about Greg Kostraba in concert, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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