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YSU professor, grads play UNICEF concert

Dana School of Music Professor Caroline Oltmanns and two Youngstown State University alumni will be part of a worldwide concert to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF’s Concert for Children will debut at 8 p.m. Thursday at www.facebook.com/musicforourchildren/ and will be available to watch on the social media site until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Oltmanns, a native of Germany, joins 12 other performers playing to raise money for UNICEF’s mission of assisting children in need including housing, food and clean drinking water.

She will perform two solo pieces, Clavierstuck in e-flat minor D.946 no. 1 by Franz Schubert and “The Night Winds” from 3 Tone-Pictures, Op.5 by Charles T. Griffes. The performers each pre-recorded their pieces for a repertoire including a mix of solo and ensemble pieces.

Also on the program will be Sophie van der Westhuizen and Pierre van der Westhuizen, who both earned master’s degrees in music performance from YSU in 2003, as well as musicians from the United States, Israel, France, Russia / Georgia, Belgium, Bulgaria and China.

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