The Joy of Piano
The Rancho Bernardo Library’s Discovery Series opens the fall season with The Joy of Piano on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Two local pianists – Poway’s Naomi Hobbs and Encinitas’s Yumiko Oya – will play both separately and together. The program includes music by Chopin, Liszt, and Albeniz, as well as Nocturne by Scriabin for left hand alone and Naomi’s arrangement of famous Japanese folk song “Sakura.” They will conclude the performance with a four-hand rendition of West Side Story, accompanied by percussionist Ephraim Reitman.
Naomi earned her degree in piano performance in Tokyo. She won the 2012 International Piano Competition in Mexico and was the gold medalist of the 2015 Seattle International Piano Competition. Yumiko Oya received her master’s in piano performance from California Institute of the Arts. The pair won first place at J.M.A.C. Piano Competition 2016 in Los Angeles.
The concert is free and welcomes all ages. Learn more about the Discovery Concert Series at www.friendsoftheranchobernardolibrary.org.