ROCHESTER, MI – January 28, 2019, Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO) is proud to feature two award winning soloists Amy Tang and Charlie Bonten at the February 7, 2019 Winter Concert.

Amy Tang, Symphony Soloist

Featured soloist Tang received the Symphony Concerto Competition, 1st Place Teresa Schuster Memorial Award. In January 2000, OYO established an endowed fund in memory of Teresa Schuster, a talented and much admired 15yr. old violinist who tragically lost her life in a car accident after previously winning the concerto competition. 

Tang, a Rochester native, is a Junior at the International Academy.  She has been playing violin for 8 years and studies under the tutelage of Jack Robbins. She will be performing Dvorak’s Romance for violin and orchestra.

Tang has been a member of OYO for seven years.  She has participated in OYO Community Outreach Recitals, the annual Solo Competition and is currently the co-concert master for OYO’s Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Tang likes to go to the gym and spend time with her friends.  

Charlie Bonten, Philharmonia Soloist

Featured soloist Bonten received 1st Place in OYO’s 2018 Philharmonia Solo Competition.  He is a freshman at Rochester Stoney Creek High School.  Bonten started playing violin at the age of two and currently studies under Bill Milicevic—OYO’s Symphony Orchestra Conductor.  

Bonten has played with OYO since 2012 and won 1st Place in the Studio String and String Solo Competitions in 2013 and 2015 as well.  In his free time, Bonten enjoys snowboarding, water sports and playing chamber music with his mom and two sisters.  

Wendy Stuart, OYO’s Philharmonia conductor, commented on the upcoming concert, “I’m looking forward to performing the Mendelssohn Violin concerto with Charlie Bonten. It’s been a pleasure to be part of Charlie’s musical journey for the past three seasons. It’s an amazing thing when any musician has the opportunity to solo with an Orchestra and while this may just be the first of many such honors for Charlie, it will be a memory he will keep throughout his career.”

Oakland Youth Orchestras Winter Concert is February 7, 2019The concert will be held at the Oxford Fine Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.  Oxford Fine Arts Center is located at Oxford High School, 745 N. Oxford Road, Oxford, MI 48371. 

Tickets will be available at the door:  Adults–$10, children and students–$5, and ticket quartets–$30 (includes four tickets).